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Peels: The Lowdown

A spotless, lineless, flawless complexion is lying just beneath the surface of your skin - and beauty therapists have found that a classic treatment is the fastest way there.



Chemical peels are fast-becoming the number one clinical skin treatment worldwide. At a fraction of the price of laser, they can significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and blemishes with less discomfort and downtime. Just 45 minutes in the therapist's clinic can visibly rejuvenate skin to provide a softer, smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. But what should you expect when you embark on a course of peels?


What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are professional-grade exfoliating acids applied to the skin with a small brush to help resurface and retexture.


Can I have just 1 peel to improve my skin?

It is possible to just have a single peel, but we recommend a course of 6 to really see the long-term skin benefits. It's a little like going to the gym; you can go occasionally but the real results will come when you commit to an ongoing programme.


Are peels right for everyone?

Chemical peels are suitable for almost everyone and there are a varied range available which are suitable for very sensitive skins right through to mono peels which use high-strength single acids that can even be layered to target stubborn concerns. Certain skin conditions / people may be 'contra-indicated' and therefore shouldn't go down the peel route until skin is normalised.


What's the downtime?

By definition, the application of acids to the skinny cause redness, skin flaking and mild peeling; but every skin is different. We recommend not to wear makeup for the first 12 hours post-peel to ensure the skin remains bacteria-free. As a general rule, expect flaking from around the 3rd day post-peel for a maximum of 5 further days. You should avoid direct sun exposure during these recovery days and always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

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