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Skin peels have been a beauty buzz-word for many years and now command an army of A-list fans who swear by their anti-ageing results. Celebrities such as Julianne Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow swear by regular peels to rejuvenate the skin.
Chemical peels are a safe, highly effective way to revitalise the skin and reduce the damage caused by ageing and over exposure to sun, amongst other things. They work by removing dead skin cells and encouraging new ones to grow, leading to a fresher, more radiant complexion. They polish and resurface the skin, treating problems such as wrinkles and lines, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and sun damage. Whatever your skin dilemma, there’s sure to be a peel to suit.
How do Peels Work?
Peels work by gently rubbing the skin with a non-toxic chemical solution to remove the unwanted top layer. This encourages collagen production and cell renewal to reveal age-defying, healthier, younger-looking skin.
Some peels can lead to light swelling of the affected area or peeling of the skin for a few days after the procedure. A trained expert can give you the advice you need and a peel to suit you, devising a tailored treatment plan to achieve optimum results.
What Type of Peel Suits Me?
There are a range of different peels to treat different skin problems and conditions. Typically, a skin peel is classified as light, medium or deep, or has the following names:
A Jessner’s Peel is a light skin peel that uses a combination of ingredients mixed into a single formula to smooth and rejuvenate skin. Excellent for all skin types, it can treat mild to severe acne, discolouration, moderate wrinkling and sun damage.
A TCA Peel is a skin peel is a deeper peel that successfully treats sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and acne scarring. This type of chemical peel sloughs off the upper layers of the skin eliminating superficial wrinkles, smoothing rough patches and removing spots and pigmentation.
A Glycolic Peel is the strongest peel, which stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin by sloughing off the top layers of dead skin leaving your skin smoother and brighter looking. This type of chemical peel penetrates deep beneath the surface of the skin, stimulating cell regeneration and collagen production. A Glycolic Peel skin peel is effective for treating sun spots, acne scars, blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles. The result is baby-soft new skin, popular with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna who want a red-carpet glow.
You will experience a mild prickling sensation during treatments. Treatment may make the skin slightly red for a short time, this is often more obvious in those with fair skin. Most people who have this treatment to their skin find they have no side-effects afterwards. For up to a week , you may notice skin flaking as the treatment sheds dead cells. This is normal and after that, the skin will settle and the glowing results will show through.
Things to remember
Choosing the right chemical peel is critical because harsh ingredients used on the face can cause significant burns or damage to the skin. Before selecting a chemical peel, make sure you understand your skin allergies and behaviours, consult a dermatologist or professional company like MYA (they do a full range of cosmetic procedures like facial cosmetics, teeth whitening and ultrasonic liposuction and research the side effects of home self-treatments available. Home treatment peels are to be used at your own risk.
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