This is a medium depth peel that is designed to fight the signs of ageing, reduce open pores, even skin tone by diminishing brown spots and red marks left from old pustules, reduce millia and speed up the skin cell turnover to leave your skin looking much improved and healthier. This peel can only be carried out by a nurse or doctor. It contains a strong combination of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol – the most amazing ingredients for repairing the skin. It penetrates deeply into the skin where it stimulates fibroblasts to produce collagen for healing and correcting the skin’s imperfections.
However, all this good does not come easily, particularly if you have neglected your skin over the years or have problem-prone skin. When you meet with your nurse, he/she will carry out a full analysis of your skin to assess if it is suitable for this peel. You will need to prep your skin for two weeks prior to the peel. This is done so that you can get the most from your peel. Prepping the skin involves a homecare regime of glycolic or salicylic cleanser, a lightening agent like a lumina serum and some retinol cream. This combination of ingredients will help avoid an allergic reaction and start the exfoliation process on the skin so that you can get better penetration of the peel, which will give you better results.
The peel is self-neutralising so it is absorbed into the skin and not washed off like light peels. It is applied in three layers, one at a time. A cool fan blowing onto the face is a good idea to reduce the sensation of the peel as it can feel hot, itchy, and irritating on the skin, but this is very temporary. The nurse should sit with you throughout the whole treatment, constantly monitoring your skin for any excessive reaction. Once the third layer has settled into the skin and any tingling sensation has stopped, the nurse applies a layer of strong retinol and some SPF for that finishing touch.
Straight after the peel, you will see that your skin is a little red and shiny. On day two, your skin will feel a little tight but look more normal. Then on day three, you will start to peel. The peeling process will take two days, with strong peeling starting around the mouth area as we move this area more, followed by some milder peeling around the outer face. You will be given a post-treatment pack of creams to use during this period and they will help you disguise the peeling as much as possible. When I have this peel done, my skin always looks a little red during peeling time and can feel more sensitive, and creams can sting a little when I apply them, but only for a few seconds.
My top tips for the recovery period are not to bother with makeup on the strong peeling days as it only makes the peel look more obvious. On day four or five, to reduce the peeling appearance I would wet my hands and face in the shower and massage the face firmly, to feel the excess dead skin lift off. Bring some moisturiser with you if you are out and about during the day and reapply whenever you need it. Timing is everything so have your peel at least two weeks before an important event to make sure that the skin is completely recovered. Repeat the peel every four weeks to achieve optimum results. This is my favourite facial treatment; I know the two days of peeling is not very convenient but the results are so worth it.