Skin peels, also known as chemical peels, are a brilliant way to exfoliate the skin and restore smoothness while creating a clearer and more radiant complexion. The use of skin peels has been recorded as long ago as ancient Egyptian time, when fruit acids and lactic acid from sour milk were used as a treatment to improve the look of the skin. It’s believed that sour milk baths were the secret to Cleopatra’s beautiful, glowing complexion, but the skin peels that we use today are much more advanced and effective.
Skin peel treatments use organic exfoliators which reduce pigmentation and freckles, fine lines and wrinkles, surface roughness and acne scars. These types of peels vary depending on the problem they treat and are categorised based on the depth of the procedure: superficial, medium or deep. Normally prior to a medium or deep peel you’ll need to prime your skin with specific skin care products and it’s likely that you’ll need a superficial peel treatment to prepare your skin first.
Different skin conditions require different types of peels in order to get the very best results and the most popular types are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). These acids give great results and are much kinder to the skin than their name might imply. The majority of AHAs are derived from fruits; these include tartaric, malic and citric acid fruit peels which enhance the condition and texture of the skin. But not all AHA peels are fruit based: glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and it’s a great ingredient to treat acne scars and generally refine skin texture. Lactic acid is derived from sour milk and this is a milder peel than glycolic; one of the best peels for skin regeneration, reducing pigmentation and leaving the skin plumper. While mandelic acid peels take their main ingredient from bitter almonds and are a wonderfully effective peel for acne prone skin.
There are far fewer BHAs than AHAs, with salicylic acid being the most popular of the BHAs. This is derived from willow bark, sweet birch and wintergreen leaves, and is the main constituent in Aspirin. Salicylic acid peels benefit the skin through anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, making them great for treating small epidermal lesions, but this type of acid works particularly well on oily and acne prone skin. This is because this type of BHA can work to reduce inflammation as well as exfoliating away the outer dead layers of skin that can block pores, leading to comedones and whiteheads.
Autumn and winter is the best time of year to have a course of skin peels. We offer a number of excellent peels and a full consultation will be provided to discuss your skin’s requirements and establish which peels are the best fit for you. As the weather turns cold and dull, a course of skin peels used in conjunction with the right skin care products can successfully improve many skin conditions and provide a much-needed radiance boost.