Today’s beauty uncovered post by our resident wedding hair and makeup artist Amanda Steed is all about skin peels! Not something I have every tried myself but I’m now super intrigued after reading Amanda’s words and quite fancy a go! Find out more from Amanda, who knows first hand what it involves…
I get asked many questions about skincare and routines at this time of year! How to improve winter ravaged, dull looking skin is one I am asked on a weekly basis. There are lots of products that you can buy over the counter to rejuvenate skin. Exfoliating once a week, using a serum under your moisturizer on a daily basis etc. but if you want something to really pep up your skin then going to either a dermatologist or an aesthetician for a Glycolic Acid Skin Peel is a fantastic way to improve skin appearance. There are varying degrees, the first being superficial, 20-30% strength. This is the one I chose to have, a light peel which rejuvenates dull looking skin. There are also medium and deep peels, pretty self explanatory and much more intense and expensive.
With this in mind I decided that I would book myself into the Sk:n Clinic for my first ever Peel! In a nutshell glycolic acid derives from sugar cane and is a fruit acid. When applied to the skin, it helps remove the “glue” that holds the older, rougher skin to the surface, leaving behind a fresh, new layer of glowing skin. Even blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles seem improved. A light peel is not long lasting and results vary, but – wow your skin feels amazing after!
It is not an unpleasant experience, however I would not say completely relaxing either! I felt like I was going into surgery if I’m honest. I wore a theatre gown over my clothes and a theatre hair net – I would assume for a sterilized environment, rather than a precaution to the acid dissolving my clothing!
My face was cleansed and prepped and then the acid was applied. I felt a tingling, slightly burning sensation and was told my face would look flushed after the treatment. After what felt like ages but was probably only 5 minutes, a bicarbonate of soda treatment was applied to counteract the acid and cleanse before cooling creams were applied and finally… sun block! I was surprised at the sun block in the middle of winter but was advised that I should wear a minimum of factor 30 everyday and in summer factor 50 to reduce the effect of sun damage and free radicals.
There is no down time from a light chemical peel which is great, my skin felt wonderfully fresh and as the days have passed it feels Plumper and fine lines seem decreased. I would definitely recommend having this treatment before your wedding but I would suggest that you have a trial run at least 3 months prior to ensure that you are happy with the results. As with all cosmetic procedures please ensure you go to a fully licensed and insured clinic. A light chemical peel starts from £60 at reputable Aestheticians.
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Love Amanda ❤️
Thanks Amanda! Really tempted now to have a skin peel and see what it’s all about…! If you have any particular questions or topics you would like to see on the beauty blog, do get in touch and let us know!
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