Who doesn’t want flawless looking skin? Skin like in your youth which is hydrated, plump and radiant? As one gets older, most people fret about pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and generally flat dull skin. Acid chemical peels have been used in aesthetic medicine for a number of years, and have been considered one of the most effective ways to improve skin health!
However, one only has to mention the word ‘peel’ for people to automatically picture a burnt, red, swollen face a.k.a Samantha from sex and the city. This, reassuringly, is not the case as aesthetics medicine and glycolic acid peels have advanced so much you more you no longer need to worry about looking like a tomato for days.
How Chemical Peels works?
Chemical glycolic peels are a light non-invasive treatment which removes the upper layers of dead and damaged skin. This in turn encourages skin cell regeneration and provides gentle treatment for fine lines, acne, chronic dry skin, dull skin, pores and blackheads and uneven pigmentation. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that occurs naturally in sugar cane and is the most common ingredient of light chemical peels.The formulation of the solution is tailored to the individual patient in order to provide the best results.
The Chemical Peel procedure
Before commencing any treatment, your practitioner will asses your main concerns and analyse your skin. This enables an appropriate course of treatment to be tailored to your specific needs and requirements. The skin is then cleansed and prepared with a pre-peel solution. The glycolic solution is then applied to your face for 3- 5 minutes and you will feel a light tingling. Once the treatment is completed the skin is neutralised with a post-peel solution and soothed with a calming balm.
The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes and there is minimum downtime, which means this can be carried out within a lunch hour! Skin feels immediately fresh and hydrated after the treatment and doesn’t fall off in sheets! The action of the chemical solution stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, essential components of healthy, youthful skin.
Dermarolling, microneedling, facial resurfacing… whatever you call it, is the new facial which has a multitude of wonderful effects. Also known as ‘Percutaneous collagen induction therapy’, it involves rolling a cylinder of needles across ones faces. The tiny needles create a small ‘trauma’ or ‘injury’ to the face which stimulates the bodies own natural receptors. This is turns leads to increased collagen productions which is further can successful treat acne scares, wrinkles and fine lines.
After just one treatment the skin is brighter, plumper and more radiant; and with ongoing treatments, scarring, pigmentation and even stretch marks can be targeted. The downtime is minimal and repeated sessions are recommended for long lasting effects.