Review by A2 Magazine: Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE®


3In March this year, Obagi launched in South Africa. This was big news for South Africans because this #1 skin care system in the USA has been blowing consumers away for years and now it’s South Africa’s turn to experience the Obagi system!

You can click here to read more about the Obagi launch.

Let’s get into my review and thoughts:

What did I review?

The Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE®:

This is a quick and easy salicylic acid-based facial chemical peel for all skin types that exfoliates and helps improve overall complexion.

  • Instant, radiant results for most skin types
    • Improves a range of skin concerns, including photodamage, and results in an overall improvement in texture and tone.
    • May be beneficial if you have darker skin with pigmentary changes.
    • Superficial exfoliation, with little to no downtime.
  • Provides instant radiance—tighter, smoother, brighter-looking skin after just one use.

What you need to know is that there’re two aspects to Obagi:

  • The professional peels you can have in selected medi-spas, clinics and doctors rooms
    1. The Blue Peel (deep)
    2. The Blue Peel RADIANCE (light to medium)
  • Their skin care system (for home use), however this system can’t be picked off just any normal shelf. Your doctor or aesthetic therapist needs to assess your skin and ensure you are educated about the system and how to use it. Obagi is a medical skin care system that gets results and as such requires monitoring. 

Where was it?

As I mentioned above, the Obagi brand of skincare and professional peels is brand spanking new in South Africa having only launched in the last two months. When I reviewed the peel (a few weeks ago) it was so new that I couldn’t have it done at a spa/clinic/doctor. An Obagi Rep came to my house and performed the peel.

What was my experience?

Up until a few months ago I had never had a peel before. Now that we’ve been running A2 Magazine for nearly a year now, (I cant even fathom that it’s been a year!?) I’ve had around six peels. I started off with a very light superficial peel and have slowly built up my skin strength over the last few months.

In terms of my Radiance peel experience, it was all fairly standard. All peels require cleansing beforehand and feel “burny” to some degree as they get to work, but with the help of a fan the sensation is bearable, followed by moisturising and applying a very high SPF . 

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Top: Professional Blue Radiance Peel Pack. Bottom Left: the peel getting to work on my skin. The colour is clear. Bottom Right: My skin a few hours after the peel feeling and looking radiant.

What did I think?

This is a treatment and skin care system I would definitely like to continue using.

What did I like about it?

I liked the fact that my skin looked radiant immediately after having the peel. I also didn’t have a very strong version of the peel (only two layers were applied) which means less skin shedding and social downtime.

This was the extent of my peeling (on day 3):  


Who is it for?  

Ideal if you have:

  • Age spots
  • Rough skin
  • Erythema (redness)
  • Sallowness (yellowish complexion)
  • Hyperpigmentation (discolouration)

What does it cost?

This completely depends on the clinic or Doctor you go to for your peel. The Radiance Peel could start from R600.

Anything else I should know?


  • A series of 4 to 6 peels provides best overall results.
  • As always, stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen after every peel you ever have. You will be sorry if you don’t. Your skin is healing and sun exposure could cause hyperpigmentation.
  • Also, I probably don’t need to say this, but just in case… never ever have a peel done by someone who is not trained. Even though peels are a non-invasive treatment, they have active ingredients that could have very bad effects on your skin if not performed by a trained professional.

Where can you get it?

Contact iNova Pharmaceuticals for a list of Clinics and Doctors that offer the peels and stock their skincare.

Get in touch with iNova Pharmaceuticals:

Website: (local website) | (international website)


Phone: +27 11 087 0000


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