I have been hearing through the grapevine about this ZO 3 step peel – all good things. We recently transitioned from the traditional Obagi products into Dr. Obagi’s new skincare line, ZO Skin Health. ZO Skin Health provides excellent training and through this process I thought, “I would love to try one of these peels. Maybe it would be something exciting to offer at Skinology.” Jessica, our trainer, explained the process and advised me to prep my skin for 4 to 6 weeks with one of their retinol products of a .5% or higher, or a retinoic acid (prescription tretinoin). I decided on Radical Night Repair, indicated for aging skin with fine lines and wrinkles and sun damaged skin. That describes me perf! The instructions say to apply 2 to 3 pumps every night. “No problem!” Let’s just say after a couple of days under my belt, I decided 1 pump every evening was sufficient. LOL! I think I was flaky the entire 4 weeks which is an anticipated reaction.
The training for the staff and myself on the ZO 3 step peel, me as the guinea pig, was nearing and I was getting excited but also anxious! A light bulb went off in my head and I decided to Youtube the peel the day before and gather more information so I was prepared for the training. Mistake! Yikes! The few I watched was an, “uh oh, what was I thinking?” moment. An esthetician decided to make a video giving herself the ZO 3 step peel and once she started applying it there were a lot of expletives and “holy cows” because it was burning. I chuckled a couple times watching it and thought at the same time, “I hope I can do this.” Oops, I forgot to tell you I had to stop my Radical Night Repair 4 days prior. That’s important. You have to stop any topical prescriptions, retinols or AHA/BHA products 4 days before the peel. Prepping the skin helps make the peel more tolerable and the results more beneficial. I was all in at this point.
The trainer comes the following day after I have viewed these videos and my anxiety is high. I try to stay busy before the bewitching hour (2pm). I know from my research and training manuals that I will fine. “Here we go!” The Trainer, cleanses and degreases my skin. Time for the peel solution…I’m anxious and I’ve got myself worked up, but I’m playing it cool.
Step 1. Jessica tells me that it is going to be stingy, but she is going to apply the peel very quickly and it will subside shortly after that. Holy cow, that was easy! The intensity was small on the scale of what I had in my mind. The trainer said that I was “atypical” and most people feel a stronger sensation. Yay for me and my prepping!
Step 2. Now it’s time for the retinol packet. She says it may intensify the peel for a minute. Nope! Again, yay for me!
Step 3. Jessica finished with another ZO product called Revitatrol (you take this home with you). It is basically for hydration. The main ingredient is colloidal oatmeal 1%. Last but not least SPF. That was all there was to it. The Trainer went over my post peel instruction thoroughly and I knew what I needed to do.
Back to work!
Throughout the course of the following days I followed the protocol to the “T.” On day three my skin was very tight and from past experiences, I knew this was the beginning process of the peeling. It started around my mouth and lower face and worked its way up. The center of my cheeks were the last to peel. It was all I could do not to pull or pick. I kept saying in my head “follow the protocol. No Picking!” Easier said than done. So for the next few days my sewing scissors came in very handy. They stayed by my side. We were like Thelma & Louise, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. You get my point and can probably guess my age by those references. Hehe! Every time I saw my skin hanging out of the corner of my eyes, snip snip! I even went as far as getting co-workers involved. “Hey, can you trim my face?” No one seemed to have a problem with it. We work at an esthetic spa so nothing out of the ordinary here. Just a typical day in paradise. I also applied the Revitatrol throughout the day to help with dry, irritated, and itching skin. so between my scissors and my Revitatrol the process was fairly easy. It was all over in approximately 8 days, from start to finish. My skin looks amazing! I have had quite a few peels and have had wonderful outcomes, but this one was a “WOW” moment for me. I’m ready to prep and get back on that horse again!
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