What is a chemical skin peel
Using a glycolic AHA peel, the product is applied to the skin after a deep cleanse and skin analyse. The chemical peel is only left on the skin for 1 minute before being removed. This treatment is pain free and takes around 10 minutes. The chemical works by removing the outer layer of skin so that a new, smooth layer of skin is revealed. The action of the chemical solution stimulates the elastin and collagen, two essential components of healthy, younger looking skin.
What to expect
The chemical skin peel takes around 10-15 minutes from start to end. The chemical solution itself is only left on the skin for 1 minute before being removed. You will feel a slight itch on the skin, maybe a bit stingy however it is pain-free.
The skin does not peel or burn, it may be red for the next day or 2 with sensitivity but you will be able to go about your day to day life straight away.
Skin peels treat
- Pigmentation (dark spots)
- Live acne
- Large pores
- Fine lines & Wrinkles
- Skin rejuvenation
- Reverses signs of ageing
- Enhances collagen production
- Brighter skin
- Even skin tone
Face, Neck & Hands £50
Pre chemical peel care
- discontinue using sunbeds 2 weeks prior to treatment
- No facial waxing for 7 days
- Stop use of Renova & Retinol (acne treatment)
- Inform your therapist if you are taking Roaccutane
Post chemical peel
- May experience mild to moderate shedding, dryness & tightness to the skin for up to 1 week
- May notice redness and sensitivity
- Do not pick peeling skin
- Avoid makeup for 24 hours
- Avoid heat, sauna, steam for 24 hours
- Avoid direct sun exposure
- Wear SPF 30+ daily
- Keep skin hydrated, moisturise x2 day
- Avoid using retinol and glycolic acids for 10 days
- Do not exfoliate for 10 days
- Do not use sunbeds for 2 weeks
- Follow the home care plan
What are AHAs
AHAs are naturally occurring acids that have exfoliating properties that enhance the natural process of exfoliation in the skin. Some products include Malic acids from apples, lactic acid from milk, and glycolic acid from sugar cane. AHAs are used on the skin to moisturise, remove dead skin cells, treat live acne, improve scars and treat photo-ageing.
History of skin peels
Believe it or not, the chemical skin peel, or the concept of a topic solution to trigger the skins wound healing process can be traced right back to as far as ancient Egypt 4 thousand years ago. Ancient Egyptians were reported to use animal oils, salt and alabaster to regenerate the skin for aesthetic purposes. They depended on lactic acid within sour milk as an active chemical agent for exfoliation.