What are chemical skin peels ?
Skin peels and resurfacing treatments are designed to exfoliate your skin and encourage it to refresh itself by creating new skin cells. They also stimulate the skins natural collagen production to help target the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin peel treatments use natural acids and enzymes to exfoliate layers of the skin to reveal fresher, clearer, more youthful looking skin beneath the surface. We use a number of different peels with differing strengths and ingredients to individually target different areas of concern. These may vary from fine lines and wrinkles to acne to hyperpigmentation.
The benefits of a skin peel
Rejuvenated and brighter skin
Revival of dull skin
Removes dead skin cells
Evens out skin texture and reduces large pores
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Smoother, softer skin
Eliminates pigmentation and effects of sun damage
Reduction of inflammation and breakouts
A more hydrated and nourished skin
Increase in collagen and elastin in the skin
How does a peel work?
We offer four types of chemical peels: salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid and TCA. The type of peel used is determined by skin type, skin concern & skin goals. When applied to the skin, the peel penetrates and exfoliates the top layer of skin, dissolving dead and dull skin cells. This allows the skin to build new collagen and elastin, and also regenerate itself and make fresh, new skin. The idea is, that by removing the top layer of dead skin, we can encourage new skin cells to form in the lower layers. Different ingredients work at different levels in the skin and have varying effects therefore, it is important that a thorough consultation is carried out with your skin therapist.
How often should I have a peel?
A stand-alone treatment will freshen your skin and is ideal for a special occasion however, for those looking for serious results, we recommend one treatment every 4 to 6 weeks. After this time, regular maintenance treatments can be taken. The best time of year to get a Peel Series, is during the winter months, because there is less sun exposure.
What will I look like after a peel?
There is no downtime with our Peels. Expect some flushing of the skin and possibly dryness for 24- 48 hours after your treatment. Skin may be slightly sensitive for a few hours and will also be susceptible to the effects from sun exposure. Therefore, it is not recommended to have a peel prior to going on vacation, where there will be sun exposure. We highly recommend using an SPF 30 or above, not just after your treatment, but daily with your skincare routine.
How do I prepare for a peel?
We recommend getting an Enzyme treatment (Signature Facial) to get a full skin analysis. We also recommend using our Pre & Post Peel homecare system, prior to starting a Peel Series.