Dermalogica Pro Power Peel Review: The Treatment You Need for Glowing Skin

In the quest for radiant skin, MiNDFOOD STYLE editor, Nicole Saunders, puts the Dermalogica Pro Power Peel through its paces.

As we age, cell turnover slows down and our skin can begin to lose its luminosity and smoothness. A once-healthy and glowing complexion can begin to look dull, and fine lines start to appear. Fortunately, there are ways to speed up the cell renewal process and achieve the holy grail of skin goals: a flawless, even-toned, radiant complexion.

A chemical peel – which uses ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to slough away skin cells – is one of the most effective ways to achieve visible results and enhance cell turnover. But not all peels are created equal – and nor should they be, as our individual skin types have unique needs and concerns. Which is why Dermalogica has formulated the Pro Power Peel collection – a customisable range of peel treatments that are powerful enough to get serious results without irritating or damaging skin.

The Pro Power Peel is available in three different offerings to cater to different skin concerns. UltraBright Peel: a brightening peel that targets the appearance of early signs of ageing and restores radiance; AdvancedRenewal Peel: a powerful 30 per cent Glycolic Acid peel that resurfaces skin to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and PowerClear Peel: a multi-acid complex formulated for blemish-prone skin.

“Each of these has a different molecular size and penetrates the skin to different degrees, allowing skincare professionals to create tailored treatments that effectively address a vast range of skin concerns, from early signs of ageing to uneven skin tone and breakouts,” explains Caroline Parker, head of education for Dermalogica New Zealand. While each formulation can be used alone, they can also be used together to target more than one skin concern. “In short, the all-new Pro Power Peel redefines the peel experience – allowing skin therapists to provide every client with a full customised peel, which only takes 15-25 minutes, so can be incorporated into the Dermalogica ProSkin 60 treatment.”

Put to the Test: Dermalogica Pro Power Peel

Having fallen in love with Dermalogica’s at-home peel system, Rapid Reveal Peel, I didn’t need convincing to take things up a gear and experience the Dermalogica Pro Power Peel at Louise Gray Skin Care. “Peels designed to be used by a qualified professional tend to be more concentrated, at a very low pH, and their application is often personalised to the client’s skin,” explains Parker.

DErmalogica Pro Power Peel

Founder Louise Gray thoroughly examines my skin and discusses my skin concerns with me before deciding on UltraBright Peel, which will enhance health and radiance. The real beauty of the Pro Power Peel, as Gray explains, is that not only can it be completely customised to suit your skin type and concerns, it can be coupled with existing Dermalogica ProSkin treatments and additional modalities.

Although the peel itself only takes around 15 minutes – I experience a little tingling as the peel works his magic, but Gray is on hand at all times to examine how my skin is reacting – the treatment at Louise Gray Skin Care takes 60 minutes and includes LED and BT Micro. Following the peel, I’m given an aftercare kit to use for the days following the treatment – which includes Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, Calm Water Gel, Barrier Defense Booster and Super Sensitive Shield SPF30.

You might, like I did, experience some minor dryness or flaking, which Gray and Parker both explain is very normal. “The dryness and peeling is a normal skin response, as the peel has rapidly increased the movement of cells through your skin,” says Gray. “This has the action of pushing dull or dry skin cells off the surface and moving newer, fresher skin cells to the surface to replace them. Once the peeling has finished, your skin should be very smooth, soft and bright.”

DErmalogica Pro Power Peel

The summer elements tend to leave the skin’s problem area, my forehead, rather parched, making fine lines more visible. In the days following the peel, not only is my skin more luminous, it’s plumper and my forehead lines are less noticeable. “After one Pro Power Peel, your skin will be dramatically smoother and brighter,” says Parker. Depending on your skincare concern, a series of treatments, says Parker, is recommended to get the best results.

“For example, if the focus is to treat ageing and pigmentation, the peels might be scheduled two weeks apart. This increases the cell renewal rate quickly rather than allowing the cells to build up again between treatments, and allows deeper areas of the skin to be treated,” explains Parker.

Even if you don’t opt for a series of Pro Power Peels, maintaining your skin’s newfound health is too easy with Dermalogica’s Rapid Reveal Peel. The at-home system, designed to combat dullness and fine lines that appear as skin starts to age, consists of 10 individually package peels that restore radiance and youthfulness to the skin. Phytoactive alpha-hydroxy acids slough away dead skin cells, fermented plant enzymes enhance skin tone and Australian caviar lime extract smoothes and brightens skin.

“For someone who already receives professional peels, they could use Rapid Reveal Peel between their courses of Pro Power Peel to help maintain the results,” explains Gray. Since I’m already familiar with the impressive results of the Rapid Reveal Peel, I’m keen to use it in conjunction with the Pro Power Peel. “The skin therapist performing the Dermalogica Pro Power Peel would advise on the best option and the wait time between using the Rapid Reveal Peel and receiving a Pro Power Peel.” Parker also adds that for someone who’s new to peels, the Rapid Reveal Peel is perfect to be used prior to a course of Pro Power Peels as it works as a gateway product, helping to increase your skin’s tolerance. 

DERMALOGICA PRO POWER PEEL is available now at Dermalogica PRO Skin Centres nationwide and from Louise Gray Skin Care, Mission Bay, visit

To find your nearest PRO Skin Centre, visit Rapid Reveal Peel is available from authorised Dermalogica skin centres, department stores and selected Life Pharmacy counters.

Discover more of our beauty essentials for radiant skin right here.

How to Find the Perfect Red Lip Colour

When it comes to lip colour, red is a classic. It doesn’t matter what the occasion might be or what the season is, a classic shade of red is a surefire way to boost your confidence and perfect your beauty look. We caught up with the original make-up maestro herself, Bobbi Brown, and asked her how to find the perfect red lip colour.

“Red lipstick is a staple,” Brown says. “Despite what you may think, the red lip look is easy to achieve and very wearable.” Brown says it’s important not to be put off the bold shade. “Think about your style and the statement you want to make with red lipstick. In other words, find a red lipstick shade that you’re comfortable wearing.”

Brown says in order to choose the most flattering red lipstick, it’s important to use the natural colour of your lips as a guide when choosing a lipstick shade. “If your lips have more of a bluish tint then I suggest using a deeper red like and if your lips have an orange tint then I recommend choosing a brighter red like.” But if you really want to know how to find the perfect red lip colour, Brown says head to you’ve favourite beauty counter sans make-up. “When choosing a red lipstick pick the one that looks good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no makeup. This is the magic colour that will make your skin, hair and eyes look their best.”

how to find the perfect red lip colour

Left to right: Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush; Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Imperial Red; Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick in Drop Dead Red; Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Ruby Pop.

Once you’ve figured out how to find the perfect red lip colour, here are all the tips you need to know to wear it. 

• If your outfit features red, make sure it’s the same shade as your lipstick, otherwise, it will clash.

• Dab lipstick on your lips using your fingertips for a muted, softer and understated look.

• Remember: a make-up victim is as bad as a fashion victim. If you don’t feel comfortable in red lipstick, don’t wear it.

• To avoid red teeth after you have applied your lipstick, purse your lips and put your index finger in your mouth, pulling it out as you would a lollipop. Any lipstick that is on the inside of your mouth will be removed.

• Wearing red lipstick requires regular touch-ups. Keep your lipstick and a mirror in your handbag and re-apply as needed.

• During the day, keep red lips the focus of your make-up with neutral eyes and cheeks. At night, smoky eyes will add to the glamour of your red lipstick.

• For definition, outline your lips with a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick. This will also prevent your lipstick bleeding.

When we’re not wearing red, here are the 11 lip colours we’ll be wearing this season.