I'll be the first to admit, I love a quick fix. Anything that saves me having to do ridiculously long routines, like plucking my eyebrows until they are perfect, that can easily be fixed by a trip to my HD Brow specialist.
I spend a lot of time trying to get my skin to look great, and, although it's improving, I certainly wish it wasn't taking this long. It's a constant battle from finding the perfect skincare products and make up that can quickly be foiled if I throw something into the mix that my skin doesn't agree with; back to square one!
I'm not saying I look old, I mean, I get ID'd wherever I go. I even got ID'd for Beechams in Sainsbury's the other week. I'm 25 years old; awkward. Anyway, I just sometimes wish it was a bit plumper, less of the fine lines I can see coming through and just looked a tad more illuminated and happy than it does already. As much as trying every makeup product on the map out, I've also been debating a chemical skin peel.
I haven't actually had one, nor have I gone for a consultation about one, but Sk:n clinics have given me lots of useful information that I thought I would share it with you, just in case you are thinking the same.
Just a quick note - I'm not a doctor, I'm not a trained dermatologist or anything similar. All this information is stuff I have been advised or researched myself.
I'm going to throw it out there straight away, if you are thinking of having a chemical skin peel, then you need to track down a professional at an accredited clinic to carry it out. It's not going to be cheap and if you are going for a cheap option then you really need to think about whether it's going to be the best quality. This is your face we are talking about. Let's not ruin it with cheap options when it comes to something like this!
First thing's first, what is a chemical peel?
Sk:n clinic define a chemical peel as a safe, highly effective way to revitalise the skin and reduce the damage cased by ageing and over exposure to the sun, amongst others.
There are different types of chemical peels, and they all range in price. I suppose you would need to speak to a consultant to decide what would be the best option for you, depending on what you are trying to target!
How does a skin peel work?
So basically, your skin would be rubbed with a (non-toxic) chemical solutions which takes away the top layer of skin.
First, your skin will be cleaned and then the solution applied. The chemicals in the solution will begin to work under the skin.
I've been told that sometimes you can feel it working, and it can be uncomfortable, and other people have said they didn't feel it at all. I suppose it would depend on the depth of the skin peel.
What does a skin peel do?
Essentially it's like an intense exfoliator that not only removes the dead skin, but also encourages the new skin cells to develop. It also helps collagen production for a healthier glow.
A skin peel can help with all sorts of different skin complaints such as acne, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark circles and more.
As I mentioned before, the intensity of your skin peel will depend on your skin type and what you are trying to fix and obviously a consultant would be able to help with this.
What to expect after the chemical skin peel?
It's not going to be all sweetness and light straight away. Apparently, redness can occur and you should be really careful of exposing your skin to things such as really hot water and the sun.
Again, the intensity of the after-effects will depend on the level of chemical peel (I'm sure you are getting that by now, I've said it enough).
Once this begins to heal, you will be able to see the beginnings of your gorgeous new complexion coming through!
I'd really love to know your thoughts on chemical skin peels. Would you get one, or would you avoid and deal with your skin problems in a different way?
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