Updated: Feb 1, 2019
The editor-approved VI Peel is the secret to glowing, wedding-worthy skin.
You've cleansed, toned, moisturized, and sunscreened routinely for six months straight. You may have even invested in facials, tried an at-home microcurrent device, or derma-rolled through gritted teeth (please, collagen, appear overnight). And yet, somehow, your skin just doesn’t glow from the inside out, like you've always dreamed it would when you say “I do.” Time to give up? No, time to head to a trusted M.D. for the VI Peel, a light chemical peel that removes the damaged outer layers of skin for a smoother texture and game-changing glow. We sought out Melissa Doft, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Doft sold us on the peel when she explained how it combines many of the best peeling ingredients (Phenol and TCA) with antiaging ones (retinol A, vitamin C), minus any irritating hydroxy acids. “The VI peel helps to improve the tone, texture, and clarity of skin while reducing age spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation,” she says. “It also softens fine lines and acne scars while stimulating collagen production for firmer, more youthful skin.” Sound too good to be true? We put it to the test.