All about peels
Most women dream of having a youthful and fresh-looking complexion forever, sometimes turning to Botox and face lifts to achieve this.
Skin cells play a big part in helping you look your best, so you may want to consider trying a skin peel before opting for more invasive methods.
What exactly is a skin peel, you may ask? Samantha Larkin, director of London beauty salon NuYu, has explained in simple terms what the treatment involves.
"Essentially a peel is up-regulating the skin cycle, encouraging newer and healthier skin. To do this, the peel has to get the blood flowing," she explained to Cover Media, with facts on the salon's website outlining that collagen production is encouraged through these means.
A nontoxic chemical is slowly absorbed before releasing an acid component which gets working from beneath the skin to unveil a smoother, less wrinkled layer underneath.
Peels are normally categorised according to their depth: superficial, medium and deep. They can be used to treat everything from acne to sun damage, or for purely aesthetic reasons.
So, what's actually in a skin peel and how long does it take for you to see the finished results? Dr Toni, Clinical Director at DestinationSkin, explains that acids such as lactic, mandolin, salicylic and glycolic all feature in the mix, which is very thinly spread onto the desired area. The peeling doesn't actually begin until around two days after the session as the skin beneath needs to have renewed before the top layer can shed.
It may sound like a nightmare, but Samantha insists skin peels are nothing like they’re often made out to be.
"Most people are very scared of them, thinking they are going to look like Samantha from the famous episode in Sex and the City - this doesn't have to be the case!" she adds, recommending the person build up the treatments and use the right skincare products to maintain results.
As far as prepping goes, Dr Toni urges one undergoes a full consultation beforehand. It's also extremely important to take care of your skin after the peel as you'll be particularly vulnerable.
"Remember to protect your face (or wherever you have had the peel) from the sun or any harsh products for a couple of days after. It is also important not to exercise for 48 hours after your peel as washing vigorously can cause the healing process to be halted if skin is too dry," Dr Toni notes. "Don’t pick! If you pick at the peeling skin resulting from your peel you could end up with a scar/mark later."