Like all good things in life, instant gratification pales in comparison to actually having to work for something. Finally enjoying that juicy orange after sentencing your hands to a permanent citrus smell? Bliss. Cracking open each and every single shell to devour the salty deliciousness of the pistachio? Heaven. Yes, it might be time consuming, but the resultant feeling is all the more rewarding than if it had just been handed to you on a plate.
It stands to reason, therefore, that a face peel is going to deliver in much the same way. True, we would say that – seeing as it’s one of the many services we offer here at Lovoir Beauty – but we challenge you to get to the end of this article and not want to book the treatment straight away!
You may not know this, but face peels have actually been around since the mid-1800s, with early reports detailing that Cleopatra bathed in milk (the active ingredient of which is lactic acid) to smooth her skin, so they’ve obviously been doing something right all this time!
In fact, the renaissance of the ancient facial, which has seen its popularity boom in recent years, is somewhat reflective of the procedure itself, revealing something new, fresh and invigorated. This is because it uses a kind of solution to remove the top layer of dead skin to exfoliate, remove bacteria, boost hydration and speed up cell regeneration – revealing a youthful layer of healthy skin. Depending on the type you go for, however, some will go deeper than others.
Quite simply, these facials can help with almost anything skin-related – from acne to blackheads, rosacea to melasma – and everything else in between.
Commonly used peels
The most superficial peels out there, these are so light that they don’t require any downtime afterwards. In fact, popular peel ingredients today include fruit enzymes and naturally sourced acids to help penetrate and deliver antioxidants and vitamins deep into the skin.
They are especially good at combatting acne or oily skin thanks to their ability to break the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, enabling easier exfoliation, as well as fine lines. Expect a tingling sensation and a bit of pinkness at first, before an instantly brighter, firmer texture and noticeably smoother appearance. Treatment should be repeated regularly to maintain results.
Commonly used to treat pigmentation, sun damage and wrinkles, they might feel more uncomfortable than lighter peels and cause more side effects, such as red skin and blisters, but the upside is baby-looking skin which is both smoother in texture and even in tone than it was before.
The strongest of the group (also known as deep depth), you’d choose this type to treat scarring, severe sun damage, uneven skin tone and deep lines. Expect about a week of downtime and a healing time of at least two months for dramatic results that can last up to two years.
Who do they work on?
Fair-skinned, light-haired patients are generally the best candidates as they may leave an uneven skin tone on darker skin, but the risk of this becomes greater the deeper the treatment.
So, what face peels do we offer?
We thought you’d never ask!
Helping you achieve smoother, clearer and brighter skin, O Cosmedics is the brand to beat when it comes to face peels.
Scientifically proven, O Cosmedics excels in exfoliation, managing to free the skin of clogged pores and surface dryness. And the best bit about it? Their range has something for every skin type, from oily to dehydrated, young to mature, and targets every concern. Acne, wrinkles, rosacea, blackheads, pores, dark spots and melasma; you name it, O Cosmedics delivers an instant pick-me-up to awaken, renew, hydrate, brighten and plump the skin.
Made up of a balanced combination of natural fruit acids and enzymes, these perfectly formulated peels also stimulate the skin’s circulation which, in turn, helps deliver the oxygen and nutrients your skin vitally needs.
Sound too good to be true? There’s more. That’s because despite containing the purest combination of medical grade ingredients, O Cosmedics does it all while remaining paraben, preservative and SLS-free.
A gentle, creamy solution – in varying strengths – is applied to the skin to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, boost hydration and stimulate collagen production, creating tighter, brighter skin. The best part of all is that it does so whilst leaving the epidermis intact.
This is because Environ works on the principle that skin cells must be protected and treated gently – a too-aggressive peel may disrupt the skin’s natural barrier, allowing environmental toxins to enter. It may come as no surprise to hear that it’s suitable for all skin types and for most skin conditions – we even offer one for teens!
Safe, versatile and painless with absolutely no downtime, the results – considering how non-invasive the treatment is – must be seen to be believed.
Based on lactic acid (which is what our skin is made of), this would probably be the one Cleopatra would choose if she were alive today!
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