My Perfect Image Review
A peel subscription that demystified peels and makes them super accessible to all!
Perfect Image is on a mission to improve everyone's skin. Per Perfect Image: "We give people the tools & confidence they need, to take control of their skin, and be freed from the anxieties of skin concerns."
I am someone who really loves peels! Seriously, they can help with so many different skin concerns, from uneven texture, uneven tone, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and more! Depending on your skin and your goals, there are many different options, which can be super confusing. And when you are working with super-exfoliators, you really want to get your formula right and start off with a peel that is appropriate for your skin before you jump into the really powerful stuff! Usually, this means multiple visits to an esthetician or a dermatologist, which can get really, really expensive. Perfect Image is a great alternative for someone who wants to try peels out without breaking the bank but still wants the safety and knowledge of a skin professional to help them along the way. I tried this service out for a solid month (5 peels) and I really loved it!
About Perfect Image
The Box: Perfect Image
The Cost: $29.95/month
The Products: A cleanser, 5 peel pads, a moisturizer, and an additional skincare item
Ships to: Worldwide
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Pros & Cons
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The Sign-Up Process
There is a straightforward quiz to get you started with Perfect Image. It includes questions about your age range, skin concerns, skin tone, sensitivity, and more!
I was surprised that I was able to choose my own peel, mostly because I expected the quiz to lead to a determined result. All of the options were geared towards an "age" concern, which was exactly what I selected. I was also able to pick from three different pre-peel cleansers, two post-peel moisture treats, and a final sample from the other items in the Perfect Image line.
Another really awesome feature is that within your account, there is a chat window where you can discuss your plan with a Perfect Image pro who will be able to walk you through the process, answer any questions and concerns, and change products up by month if you want. I found this to be a really quick process too! I never waited more than a few hours for a reply.
Shipping was very quick! In only a few days my kit had arrived, clad in a cute blue bubble mailer.
The kit also arrived with a bunch of helpful usage and safety info, which is very important when using something powerful like a peel.
It also included the ingredient lists for each product and more info on peels and peel strengths.
Everything arrived in a little zip closure bag with a drawstring bag inside with all of the products.
Anti-Aging Resurfacing Cleanser
Anti-Aging Resurfacing Cleanser, 0.5 fl oz - Buy a full size 4 fl oz for $24.95
All of the cleanser options look pretty awesome, but in keeping with my "anti-aging" theme, I selected this one. Per Perfect Image:
Formulated to thoroughly cleanse and prep the skin for a peel, this cleanser deeply exfoliates, while our combination of acids firm, smooth, and brighten the appearance of the skin.
I really liked this cleanser! The third ingredient is glycolic acid, which speaks to the resurfacing power. It is blended with other ingredients I really love like exfoliators TCA and malic acid, soothing willow bark and yarrow, and antioxidant-rich chamomile and green tea. I didn't need much to get a good clean face because the formula is on the runny side but it had a nice lather! It does have lavender inside which gives it a soft herbal scent.
Hydra-Repair Super Moisturizer
Hydra-Repair Super Moisturizer, 0;5 fl oz - Buy a full size 2 fl oz for $29.95
From Perfect Image:
Perfect for dry, rough, and damaged skin. A healing cream, containing essential ingredients that restore, replenish, and smooth healthy skin. It helps to replenish the skin after a chemical peel or an aggressive exfoliation treatment.
Sea Whip Cucumber Detox Soothing Gel
Sea Whip Cucumber Detox Soothing Gel, 0.5 fl oz - Buy 2 fl oz for $29.95
From Perfect Image:
An array of skin soothing and repairing ingredients help hydrate and calm irritated and sensitive skin in this refreshing moisturizing gel. Excellent after a sunburn, wax, mask, chemical peel or other facial treatment.
Even though I wear loads of SPF, a sunburn is always a fear in the back of my mind. Even when I don't actually burn I still notice when I get a little too much sun. I chose this aloe sample specifically for post-sun skin. I feel like so many aloe formulas have alcohol inside, which can burn when applied to sensitive skin but this one is alcohol-free and filled with some seriously soothing complements to that dreamy green aloe. It is also a lot thicker than so many aloe-centered formulas and feels downright velvety! I love that I found oatmeal, allantoin, green tea, and hyaluronic acid too. You can use this as a mask you leave on for 15-20 minutes then wash off like a mask. You can also treat it like a sleep mask and even keep it in the fridge! This is one of my favorite aloe formulas, ever!
Glycolic 50% Gel Peel
Glycolic 50% Gel Peel Pads, 5 pads - Buy a 1 fl oz bottle for $29.95
This peel targets fine lines and wrinkles by reaching a deeper level of the skin. Deep exfoliation helps even out skin texture and stimulate collagen production for a rejuvenated look.
Ok, so this is what we are all really here for, right? While this peel formula is sold in a glass bottle, this kit arrived with 5 super easy-to-use pre-packaged wipes. The peel I chose was a 50% glycolic formula which is a level 2 peel in their formulations. Perfect Image sells a 10% daily use formula, a 30% level 1 formula, this 50% level 2 formula, and a pro-only level three formula that is 70%. I would normally recommend starting out with a level one on your own, but since you are linked with a skincare pro through Perfect Image, if they recommend a level 2, I say dive in! With, of course, strict attention to the instructions from your skincare pro! Mine recommended applying the wipe to clean skip with gentle pressure and letting it sit for 1 minute before thoroughly rinsing. This stuff is a little spicy!! You certainly feel it burning a little. I don't find it super uncomfortable, but if you aren't used to peels you can always stand in front of a fan to let the air cool you down. You really need to rinse this thoroughly because it clings to the skin. This sounds weird but when I was in the shower washing my face I would kind of lick my upper lip and make sure none of the tangy taste was still there. It takes a little while to really fade which is another reason it is pretty important to use water that isn't super hot since your face is going to be sensitive. My kit arrived with 5 peels which is a good number for a month, though I think one of these every other week or even once a month would be totally fine, especially if your face reacts in a very sensitive way.
My Results So Far
The image above shows my face photos during the stages of this month-long test. I took them in front of windows or in my car, trying to capture my skin in natural lighting. I have sunscreen on in them and that's it (aside from that red lip in the middle!). There is an improvement to my overall tone and my pores are less noticeable as the weeks went on, but the biggest change I found was in my skin texture, which is sadly something the is hard to experience over the internet. My face was just smoother and I felt like my tone was much more consistent. I will say that the second week was by far the week where I felt the most sensitive and red after the peel. From then on, I feel like my skin adjusted.
FYI: Peels make your skin extra sensitive to the sun. You NEED to wear SPF.
My primary focus with this trial was an anti-aging angle, and my face does feel firmer and smoother. But the largest change I noticed was in the appearance of my pores. While pore size is genetic and you can't really "shrink" them, the right products do minimize their appearance, and this was a big benefit for me, as you can see above. I also felt like my face was less prone to red splotchiness and my face just looked and felt less congested without feeling like I was drying my skin out.
Perfect Image is a super unique experience and was blown away. I am really happy with my results and plan on trying it out for a few months longer before I buy a few bottles. Since I have a license, I am really eyeing that pro-grade 70% glycolic formula! This is a really wonderful subscription for someone out there who is interested in peels but also wants the guidance of a professional too. The chat feature inside your Perfect Image account makes it so easy to change your formulas or discuss any questions or concerns you might have directly with someone who has all the info you need to make the most of your peel kit. And for $30 a month? That is a pretty incredible deal.
What did you think of Perfect Image? Have you ever tried a peel before?