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SilkPeel dermabrasion treatment by Lumixyl

Is a Solution for:
Age Spots, Rosacea, Sagging Skin
October 23, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 11 Comments

Our very own Copley was married this weekend and just in time for the Big Day I got to try SilkPeel Dermalinfusion, a skin resurfacing treatment that is an interesting alternative to microdermabrasion. SilkPeel proved to be quite a revelation, gentle enough to be used on the eyes and the lips, but still very effective.

Behind SilkPeel is Lumixyl, the company that makes one of the few effective dark spot treatments I’ve found so far, Topical Brightening Crème. The treatment, which has been around since 2005, is designed to be performed by physicians and medical spas. In our case, the Lumixyl team actually brought the SilkPeel machine to the Truth In Aging office and I lined up with Max and Vlad for a non-invasive treatment that we barely had to leave our desks for.

SilkPeel works in a different way to traditional microdermabrasion. Dermabrasion technologies are a bit like sand-blasting, with crystal particles sprayed on the face and suctioned up. In recent years, this technique has been increasingly replaced with diamond tipped abrasion, of which SilkPeel is a version. SilkPeel brings the skin – sucks it, really, although Lumixyl calls this “negative pressure” - to a diamond treatment head. There are a number of sizes of heads and vacuum settings for treating multiple skin conditions including acne, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

As the surface of the skin is abraided, the system also delivers potions of choice: Lumixyl’s pro version of the Topical Brightening Crème; hyaluronic acid for hydrating (the one I had); vitamin C; or salicylic acid for acne. SIlkPeel is safe for all ages and skin pigments (including very dark skin).  The treatment head is passed over the skin in downward sweeps to encourage lymphatic drainage and the ejection of toxins from the skin.

If you are accustomed to microdermabrasion, then you’ll find SilkPeel relatively gentle, even around the eyes and on the lips. The after effects are a reddening of the skin – not more than a flush – that lasts about 15 minutes. If you have never had micro (like Max) then the sucking and abrasion can feel a bit unnerving. I found it almost pleasant and relaxing (as did novice, Vlad).

We all liked how glowing our skln looked, how soft it felt and more than a little grossed out by the amount of debris that SilkPeel had removed from our skin into a beaker. The next day, I could definitely feel that the skin was a tauter and the surface clearer. Not bad after only one session. Typically, treatments are monthly or bi-weekly for acne. There are around 700 SilkPeel machines in doctor’s offices nationwide and the average cost per session is $175.

  • December 21, 2011

    by S

    Thanks for the info- and I'll pass on that eye cream too.

    I'm in search of something new for the eyes in between correct....I use the reluma and correct, and am hoping for a third.

  • December 21, 2011

    by Marta

    The ingredients for Lumixyl's eye cream are: water, glycerin, ethoxydiglycol pentalene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, shea butter, dimethicone, phenoxyethanol, glcyeryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, tocopheryl acetate, carbomer, aminomethyl propanol, panthenol, glucosamine hci, chlorphenesin, caprylyl glycol, ceteareth-20, pea extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, bambusa vulgaris leaf/stem extract, steareth-20, disodium edta, sodium hyaluronate, decapeptide-12, N-hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide.

    I have to say that although there are peptides, they are at the end of the list and harsh preservatives are high up there. Not all that appealing.

  • December 20, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Stephanie, I haven't had any more of these treatments. We have some samples of the Lumixyl eye cream and I'm not blown away by the ingredients. I'll post the list later on.

  • December 19, 2011

    by Stephanie

    Have you had any more of the silk peel treatments? Have you heard anything about Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream?


  • November 8, 2011

    by Donna Ellis

    This is great info. I was considering Fraxel but think I'll try this instead!

  • October 24, 2011

    by Stephanie

    Glad you liked my idea- let me know if you need help gulling through the results and/or formulating a survey.

    CCp thanks for the list, I'll report back.

    Copley- congratulators!

  • October 24, 2011

    by CC

    A Spa Directory would be great! In the mean time - here are some great locations to get a SilkPeel in the Chicago area for Stephanie

    Spa Anchalii
    445 N. Canal St
    Chicago, IL 60610

    Lapiel Laser Center
    3454 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657

    Chicago Cosmetic Surgery & Dermatology
    20 W Kinzie St
    Ste 1130
    Chicago, IL 60610

    Wicker Park Derm
    1455 N. Milwaukee Ave
    2nd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60622

    HD Med Spa & Clinic
    3615 N Ashland Ave #1N
    Chicago, IL 60613

  • October 23, 2011

    by spo

    My Best Wishes to Copely..

    I second Stephanie's idea for a spa/salon directory from TIA. I hesitate to ask Marta & crew to work harder than they do already, but if they want to do it, it would be greatly appreciated. I have trouble finding good aestheticians here on Long Island, if you can believe it!!

  • October 23, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Stephanie, I've been noodling on the idea of setting up a spa/salon directory for a while - and now you've galvanized me to do it. Thanks!

  • October 23, 2011

    by Stephanie

    I've had microderm and another version called sonopeel which sounds a little like the silkpeel.

    I found microderm to be too harsh for my skin, but the sonopeel, which uses a water based system for exfoliation was great.

    If I could find a reputable Silkpeel practitioner in Chicago I'd definitely be for trying it.

    Marta, have you considered helping your readers find worthwhile aestheticians and the like in their cities? I think it would be getting people to report on the services they try, and then perhaps a member of your team could interview a well thought of practitioner to see if they match up to your standards....

  • October 23, 2011

    by Emily

    Wow! This sounds fantastic. I've had microdermabrasion -- some years ago -- and this sounds like a great improvement. More importantly, congrats and best wishes to Copley and hope the festivities were wonderful.

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