The Lactic Peel in action on Sinead

Last week was my introduction to Chemical Peels. I’m not going to lie: I was nervous. My idea of Chemical Peels give me visions of Samantha from Sex And The City when she turned up to Carries book launch under a black hat and veil! Her chemical peel left her skin looking shiny, burnt and raw. The fact it’s called a Chemical and Peel alone makes me feel someone would burn my skin with acid and then pull it off. I have avoided these for years, until last week…

I went into my initial consultation with an open mind and I said I would go with the suggestions of the experienced skin consultants. When I was advised I would benefit from a Chemical Peel, I was going to try it but I definitely cleared the social diary in case I needed to stay home. I was worried there would be redness and tightness and dryness and soreness. I could not have been more wrong! Chemical Peels work to remove the top layer of dead skin cells but not the skin. If you can imagine it, even the best exfoliation won’t clear all of the debris from make up and chemical peels lift this, dissolve oil and freshen your skin. Basically, it’s the best exfoliation you are going to have! I exfoliate 1-2 times a week depending and I can still see build up in some areas and the only way to tackle this is with a peel.
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There are several types of Chemical Peels on offer at ClearSkin. Peels now have moved on and given us options on the strength and targeted problems. Dee, my consultant suggested I go for the Lactic Peel. This is actually a peel that’s quite gentle on the skin and is good for pigmentation and helps stimulate collagen. It’s an ideal starter peel if you want to see the benefit and keep it gentle. Other peels can dissolve sebum so acne prone skin can benefit from them greatly. My skin is combination, mature, suffering from pigmentation and very fine lines, so this was a great starting point.
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After Dee cleansed my skin, she dried it off and applied the peel. She advised me that it would feel like little hot ants running across my skin, and that’s the best description I can give too! It didn’t feel like it was burning and it didn’t feel tight or that my skin was dissolving! It was as you would feel if you were trying a new cleanser or facemask. It was warm and comforting, not frightening or hot. She timed the peel for 3 minutes and washed it off. It was that quick!
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The initial look of my skin was that it was clean and bright but I knew it would take a while for my skin to react to anything and it didn’t disappoint! Within an hour there were some dry areas of my skin that were slightly more noticeable, but not in any way sore; it was like my skin was brightening up. I have fine lines that seemed way less noticeable and the lines and pores on my forehead were blurred away. I have dry skin patches and obviously the chemical was able to remove the top layer and freshen the skin. I began to notice more freshness later that evening and I was so happy with the outcome. But the real fabulousness didn’t happen until the next day; my skin just felt really hydrated, really clear and the texture was way smoother. I even think my make up goes on better ever since! The condition of my skin improved dramatically, and there were patches of pigmentation that simply weren’t there any more. I had open pores that I felt were quite obvious and these were smaller now and some were just gone. The hydrating feel was something I wasn’t expecting and its a pure joy to cleanse it now as it just looks brighter, better toned and in top condition.
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I’m absolutely delighted I tried this! I was at ease knowing and trusting my consultant to make the right decision for my skin and the result has been really positive. I felt my skin needed some TLC. I was afraid the chemical peel wouldn’t do a gentle job but it really has. A chemical peel is absolutely the best first port of call in addressing your skin conditioning needs. If you want to read more about them, check out the link below for some more further information: