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Want To Give Your Skin a Summer-Ready Pamper Session? This 6-Step Treatment Is Just What You Need

Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Joaquin Burgueño

As the mercury continues to rise this summer, the change in temperature is bound to have an effect on one’s skin. Along with pigmentation and sun spots, unforgiving heat can also lead to dull, tired looking skin that is quite often parched.

One way to ensure your skin glows through the hottest months of the year is to listen to its needs and create a skincare regimen that feeds our largest organ. And regular skin treatments work beautifully to complement a fail-safe beauty routine. Cue pHformula, the very first skin resurfacing system which is now relied on by skin specialists across the globe. Founded by South Africa native Petru van Zyl, this range of skincare saviors isn’t like conventional chemical peels. While normal peels focus on exfoliation, controlled resurfacing in pHformula’s style focuses on cell regeneration in each layer of the skin, reducing the possibility of skin trauma, and can help fight pigmentation, aging, acne, and chronic redness. Skin resurfacing leads to many benefits, including an increased production of collagen. And we all know how integral collagen is to that goddess glow.

Blending the best of aesthetic science and medical research, pHformula’s resurfacing treatment is now available in the Middle East, and is just what your skin needs this summer, whether you’ve just come back from a beachy getaway, or are planning a special celebration in the sun. Below, a step-by-step guide to what goes into the experience, which (bonus points!) also works as a soothing end-of-week treat if you’re always on the go.


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Step 1: E.X.F.O Cleanse

The skin is cleansed thoroughly, and excess product is wiped off to begin the treatment.

Step 2: S.K.I.N primer

A special pHformula primer is applied to the skin. This particular primer also helps pause the production of sebum, which often works as a barrier on the skin. Therefore, all following products will now be able to have more effect.

Step 3: S.P. complex

Using a soft fan brush, pHformula’s skin permeability complex is applied on the skin for a maximum of two minutes. Along with testing the sensitivity of skin, it also preps and opens channels for better penetration.

Step 4: The I.N.S.T.A.N.T. resurfacing mask

A cool, jelly-like concoction, pHformula’s resurfacing mask is just what your skin needs after a long day in the sun. Formulated with salicylic acid, this soothing formula coats the skin and eventually peels off to reveal radiant, hydrated and glowing results. You can thank its exfoliating properties for this, and its ability to help with cell renewal.

Step 5: Resurface, V.I.T.A. C radiance release activator and powder

To complement the benefits of the resurfacing mask, pHformula’s V.I.T.A. C powder is then mixed with an activator and massaged into the skin.

Step 6: P.O.S.T. recovery cream

To end the treatment on a calming note, skin is hydrated with the help of the P.O.S.T. recovery cream, and then topped off with the U.V. protect SPF 50+

The result

An invigorating experience, the pHformula skin resurfacing treatment wins major points for its long-lasting results. While the products may seem mild, they pack a punch when it comes to boosting one’s glow, and prove that skin doesn’t need to be over-exfoliated or exposed to harsh acids to look healthy, plump and rejuvenated. Effects last for close to two weeks, and the treatment can be repeated on a monthly basis for a year-round glow. Regular treatments also benefit the skin with long-lasting results: expect firmer skin, and a more even tone, sans dark spots.

pHformula products and treatments are currently available at Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery and Sisters Beauty Lounge, Dubai.  

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