When you think of chemical or enzyme peels, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is exfoliation. But peels go beyond exfoliation to provide dermal and epidermal stimulation that help optimise cell functions and support skin renewal. We thought we'd dive into the world of skin peels and discuss some of the surprising benefits they offer beyond just sloughing away dead skin cells.
Skin peels, also known as facial peels, are cosmetic treatments used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. They involve applying a solution containing specific chemical or natural exfoliating agents to the skin, causing its outermost layer to peel off.
Peels can vary in strength, with some being more superficial and gentle, while others penetrate deeper into the skin. The choice of peel type depends on the individual's skin type, concerns and goals.
Stimulating Collagen Production
One of the remarkable benefits of certain skin peels is their ability to increase collagen production. Collagen, a protein that gives our skin its structure and firmness, naturally decreases as we age, leading to sagging and wrinkles. Skin peels that contain ingredients like glycolic acid and lactic acid can prompt the skin to produce more collagen, resulting in improved elasticity.
Targeting Uneven Skin Tone and Pigmentation
Skin peels have shown remarkable effectiveness in addressing various forms of hyperpigmentation, including sun spots, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Peels containing ingredients like kojic acid, alpha arbutin, and salicylic acid can inhibit the production of excess melanin and help even out skin tone. By reducing the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, skin peels can help achieve a more radiant complexion.
Enhancing Product Absorption
Imagine your skincare products working even more effectively than they already do. Skin peels can create a temporary "micro-channelling" effect in the skin, allowing your serums, moisturisers and other products to penetrate more deeply. This means that the active ingredients in your skincare can reach the deeper layers of your skin where they're needed most, leading to better results overall.
Addressing Acne and Blemishes
For those battling acne and blemishes, skin peels can be a game-changer. The effective exfoliation of the skin’s top layer will work to unclog pores, helping to prevent breakouts and minimise the appearance of existing blemishes. Ingredients like salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, are particularly effective in this regard, as they can also control oil production and help clear out debris.
Skin peels offer a holistic approach to skin health that extends beyond mere exfoliation. By addressing multiple concerns such as acne, pigmentation, and signs of ageing, these treatments provide a comprehensive solution to many different skin issues. However, it's essential to approach skin peels with care. Consulting a qualified and experienced skincare professional before undergoing any treatment is essential to determine the right peel type and strength for your skin's unique needs.
Here at The Hampton Clinic, we offer two categories of peels: Resurfacer and Advanced. Each category has different options to suit a variety of skin types and concerns.
Resurfacers are gentle treatments that aim to improve skin texture, tone and overall appearance. They involve the application of mild exfoliating agents to remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell turnover. Resurfacers are a great option for individuals with mild skin concerns, those looking for a subtle enhancement or maintenance of skin appearance and those who are new to peels. They can be customised to suit different skin types and sensitivities.
Our advanced chemical peels are designed to deliver remarkable results for individuals seeking significant skin transformation. These peels utilise innovative formulas that target deep-seated skin issues, providing comprehensive rejuvenation. Advanced peels are often recommended for individuals with more advanced signs of ageing, deep wrinkles and prominent pigmentation concerns.
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