Skin peels or chemical peels are used to reduce wrinkling and pigmentation of the skin, which they do by encouraging the top layer of the skin to shed. Old-style skin peels tended to burn away a good deal of the skin surface — because then the new skin that grew back would be free from the lines and pigmentation that had been there before — but today, practitioners prefer to offer a course of lighter peels which are less painful and less challenging but also give great results.
Pain level: Low
Cost from: £120
Recovery time: 1-3 Days
Where is it used:
The face, the neck, the decolletage and the hands
How does it work:
Depends on the particular chemical solution used. A glycolic acid peel will cause a subtle shedding of the outermost, dead skin cells to freshen the complexion, as will a retinol peel. A PRX-T33 peel will create deep rejuvenation within the skin tissues, with minimal shedding on the surface. The peeling solution is painted onto clean skin using a fan brush. Depending on the type of peel used the solution may be massaged into the skin, or neutralised after a few minutes, or left on the skin. Any skin peeling will take place over the next week.
How long does it take:
A few minutes to apply the peeling solution. Up to two weeks to see the final result, depending on the type of peel.
Low, though some peels may sting
Fresher, less lined skin with more even pigmentation.
Indefinitely, though the new, fresher-looking skin will age as normal, depending on how well you protect it from UV light.
Skin may be a little red, depending on the type and strength of the peel used.
Things to bear in mind:
Make sure you understand from your practitioner whether there will be much actually peeling and shedding of the skin, and if so, how long this will go on for.
Skin Peels can help you with these concerns: