Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel Review

Here's a review on Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel.

Price: Around P2,800.00+

Bought From: Free
Other Locations: Available in Philosophy Glorietta; Mega Fashion Hall SM Megamall; Greenbelt 5


I've always been curious about DIY Skin Peels, but I used to be scared enough to not try because you know, peeling is an advanced skin care routine already and a slight mistake can cost you a lot. 

Last year, I mustered enough courage to explore the world of skin peels and started with Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel, which is apparently, one of Philosophy's best- selling products. Simply put, it's a DIY Peeling solution that promises to reveal new skin.


This two- step exfoliating set promises to transform and resurface skin immediately by minimizing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and wrinkles.


The Microdelivery Peel Step I:

Peg-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Oleth-20, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Silica, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Beta-Carotene, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

The Microdelivery Peel Step II:

Water, Lactic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Linoleamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Salicylic Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

My detailed review on this product after the break.

So here's a closer look at the products: Microdelivery Peel Step One is Vitamin C Peptide Crystals (left) and Microdelivery Peel Step Two is Lactic/Salicylic Acid Activating Gel (Right).

Vitamin C Peptide Crystals 

This product has the consistency of a microdermabrasion scrub and an energizing Orange Juice scent. It yields a warm, tingling sensation to the skin that goes away after a few seconds. Sensation's tolerable, at least to me, but I don't use this set when my skin is feeling particularly tender or inflamed.

Lactic/Salicylic Acid Activating Gel

This is a clear, thick gel that reminds me of hair serums. It is fragrance- free.

Since this gel has acid, it yields an even warmer sensation to the skin, but again, it is tolerable and goes away after a few seconds.


So how does the two work? I grabbed this photo of mine from another blog post about Philosophy-I have accidentally deleted some of my "in action" shots of this product. :(

Anyway! First, spread a thin layer of the Vitamin C Peptide Crystals onto your skin, as if you're just spreading facial moisturizer-don't rub it in because it is not meant to be a facial scrub even if it feels like one. Leave this on the skin for two minutes before moving on to the second and final product.

Lastly, apply a sheer layer of Lactic/Salicylic Acid Activator on top of the first product and then gently blend both products until they produce a warm foam. Do this for 1 minute and then rinse off.

Methinks that the first product is meant to soften dead skin cells and the second product is meant to peel 'em all off effortlessly.

The Microdelivery Peel reveals smooth skin and evens out skin tone, but I think it noticeably produces glowing skin above all. In under 5 minutes, it turned my dull skin into something really nice and bare- worthy. I've used it for 3 months at twice a week usage and I would say that it's a lovely and quick solution to faking that glow. It leaves skin supple despite the fact that it's a peel (absolutely no dry, taut feeling-not even a tinge!) and has no downtime.

This is a pretty good product and thanks to this, I somehow experienced how peels work-I said somehow because this is very gentle and it's not how I envisioned peels to be. I know for a fact that peels are twice as effective than facial scrubs and this product edges out the latter for a point or two only. Well, it couldn't be as strong as true blue peels because it can be purchased anytime without a doctor's prescription.

The Microdelivery Peel, to me, is basically scrubbing without the grittiness and getting a rejuvenating facial at home and in under 5 minutes. This product worked very well for some people to a point that they treat it as HG-it worked okay for me, but I was looking for something else aside from the usual smooth and glowing effects.

I wouldn't recommend this product to you if you have Rosacea, hyper sensitive skin, or any skin condition that is triggered by self- heating products. This product is for you if you hate manual scrubbing and you can't seem to get glowing skin from your usual facial scrubs.


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11 Lovely Thoughts

  1. does it burn? I hate cosmetics that 'burn' on my face... really... :(

  2. How hot it is. Like lukewarm? Or a bit more intense than that? :) This set seems amazing! I get to be so lazy sometimes that I forget manual scrub. And I like that it evens out skin tone. My nose is kinda darker kasi than my face. :/

  3. i don't like scrubs escpecially on my face... will just opt for facial wash that will minimize my pores and will still give me that glow and soft skin.

  4. For now I'll still go for my facial wash - scrub routine. I'm kinda scared of this peeling thing :p I remember my mom uses exfoliant cream, and her face is so red all over! Of course this is different though :) from the price and name itself. :)

  5. you're so brave! thank you for reviewing this. I never knew that DIY peel sets exist. Still, I've had this fear of large flakes of skin falling off whenever I read the word "peel" on any label. Haha

  6. im curious with this set (and why it was so steep) and after readign this article i back out.. im afraid of peeling =( my cheek is bit sensitive (you can even see visible veins on it.. i dunno what they called it)

    im good at cream cleansing and facial wash.. =)

  7. Ok so I have been struggling with pretty severe acne on my face for a while and my derma has me using RetinA but I don't like it. not satisfied. I have become a Philosophy fan after trying several of their products and have recently purchased about some of the skin care line. I've heard about this but I never got the chance to try it for myself. Been hearing good feedbacks too. I hope this will help lessen my acne and redness on my face.

  8. This definitely reminds me of a chemical peel my derma used like almost 15 years ago. I think through the years, more dermas have been offering non-chmical peels like microdermabration. I am hesitant to use at home chemical peels as I have seen so much horror stories of peels gone bad. Wonder how this compares to Cure.

  9. Newbee and abegaill: Nope, it just feels warm. :)

    Christine: Yes because peels are too harsh and not everyone can tolerate it, but I'm also glad to know that peels have milder versions already like this one. Both products act as facial scrub, except that philosophy has twice the power of a regular facial scrub. :)

    Deedee: Nope, peeling skin is not in anymore. :D Most peeling sets nowadays don't have a downtime any longer, especially the micropeeling ones. :)

    Kleah: Not really sure if it will help you with your acne trouble, but hey, what are the odds, right? Just exercise caution when using. ;)

    Rhain: Hey, if ain't broke, don't fix it. :) If you have good skin, then just stick with your routine. :)

    @sincere- I think you should only use peels if you have to. I wouldn't if I don't! :)

  10. will do ms m! thank you for this advice! =) (will keep it in mind)


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