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A Personal Review – Peels

Peels are a super powered exfoliation that uses generally acid to dissolve skin to reveal fresh health skin cells. This in turn stimulates cell turnover and removal of cellular debris on the skins surface. Not all peels are the same and pending on the key ingredient can be targeting very different skin needs.

The power of a peel is however only the beginning of the results that can be achieved and we believe the combination of peel and skin strengthening is when the real desired results can be achieved. A rip and strip attitude can give immediate fresh glowy skin however often the skin then suffers major water loss which is essentially the first step of ageing.

We practice balance and skin health, our peels incorporate replenishing and cell supporting treatment. I maybe sounding a bit vague however I am trying to discuss the nature of our peel treatments with a global aspect before getting caught into the details. In short we believe in give and take!

After a peel at The Paddington Beauty Room you can expect mild pinkness and occasionally a little flaking not sheets of skin. More often than not this not even the case. In some rare cases we have had a client have a strong reaction and I can count them with the two fingers I use to type.

Lets look at the key stakeholders in peels:

Retinol – in a professional treatment it is often incorporated with a salicylic acid to help penetration. A retinol peel is used to reveal fresh new cells improve skin texture and tone and reverse the signs of ageing.

Glycolic – is a alpha hydroxy acid that works at breaking down the intercellular glue from the base of the skin. Glycolic achieves similar style results as a retinol just goes about it a different way. One of the key difference between retinol and glycolic is retinol reinforces the dermal matrix helping skin to have more form and structure which can be advantage for some skins.

Lactic – is a gentler cousin of glycolic and is also more moisturizing. Due to its less irritating nature it can often be used in higher concentrations to achieve greater results than a glycolic. It all comes down to formulation and the skin we are working with. We also use Lactic to build skin tolerance to lead up to the stronger peels.

Salicylic – is a beta hydroxy acid and dissolves surface skin cells which helps to unblock pores hence you see it in many acne treatments. It also reduce oil production. Salicylic can also be used to prep the skin to allow faster and better penetration of other treatments like retinol so it not exclusive to oily acne skins.

We have two brands Murad and Dermalogica that offer us great flexibility to use peels as part of our skin treatments. This large offering really allow our therapists to achieve great results whether we are wanting a once off skin boost or series to completely rebuild a skin.

You should consider a peel if you are concerned of any of the following skin conditions:
lines and wrinkles
loss of firmness
uneven texture
enlarged pores
sun damage
We can tailor our peel to your combination of the above concerns. Peels can be done monthly as a maintenance or in a series every 7-10 days all depends on the desired results.

While we have been shut down I did treat myself. I considered it self love. I raided the treatment trolley in the salon and home they did come. I did a weekly glycolic and lactic peel for the first month. It certainly was not a “salon” experience however I did manage to reverse the stress acne I got from closing the salon and achieved really clear skin that I was confident to show as I was no longer using make up. I most certainly saw a reduction in lines and texture improvement and fading of sundamage. I particularly love the results on the neck, it is such a tricky area. I have always considered my face to be my billboard and as I get closer to fifty the more it becomes so. I don’t particularly want to look “younger” I want to look undefinable, I just want to look good, healthy, fresh and be at my best.

I encourage you to discuss having a peel for your next skin treatment.

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