I was lucky enough to be invited to an online press event with Marya Khalil, CEO of VI Derm Peel and VI Derm beauty. I had always heard great things about this Miami-based line and have several influencer friends who use it.
VI Derm Peel was invented 15 years ago by her dad Abdala Khalil, an emergency room doctor who hated seeing his daughter suffer from acne. The renowned doctor died when Marya was just 25 and she became CEO then and says it is her proudest moment outside of becoming a mom at 29. Marya not only has business savvy but she also holds a communications degree from NYU which gives her an edge when doing marketing and publicity.
The VI Peel must be done in a doctor’s office and costs $450 with plenty of locations to get it available across the country. It is well worth it because as Marya puts it, “The peel really helps with acne and Melasma—and it is anti-aging as well! It is incredible we can help all shades of skin and our product is safe and not painful as many peels are.”Whether you can or can’t afford the professional VI Derm Peel, I have to throw in my two cents and say that the products are worth it. I recently started on both the Vi Derm Beauty Gentle Purifying Cleanser ($40) and Retinoic Serum ($104) four days ago and have to say that my beauty blogger buddies are right—you get fast results! My skin is both smoothed out and brightened.
Marya herself says that the Retinoic Serum is her favorite product because “it is a treatment moisturizer that actually changes your skin! It has light moisture and won’t aggravate acne. It contains the highest grade vitamin C available.”
She uses rose water first for maximum benefits before using the Purifying Cleanser and adds: “We also have our gel cleanser (VI Derm Cleanser For All Skin Types) which is best used on totally dry skin. It loosens makeup and debris of the day. I add in water later. It moisturizes and does not strip.”
The affable Marya concludes with a smile: “This line is so appealing because the products really work. The peel changes people’s skin and transforms their confidence level. We built this brand really organically because we have really pure products without fragrance. They all work and we have medical grade ingredients.”