I tried: A Boost Peel at Lovely By Skin Institute

Despite the negative publicity that emerged following their initial arrival in the general beauty realm over ten years ago, I think that peels are an absolute essential for healthy, happy skin. They are no longer the scary numbers that caused all those shocking ‘after’ pics that once littered the internet, and high-performance formulas from tried and tested brands like Dr. Aspect are the ideal skin refreshing treatment, and able to treat all skin types and concerns. They deliver instant results, with very little irritation or stress to the skin, and I’m sure we can find a peel that will work for you.

Some of the most popular peel types are:

Mandelic Peels - mandelic is a clever AHA that has been used in the treatment due to its ability to quickly decongest, clarify and help control an overflow of oil production. A newly born member of the AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) family, mandelic is much more slowly absorbing and therefore much more sensitive on your skin. An Alpha Hydroxy found in its natural form in almonds, it is a potent ingredient for reducing the dead cells on our skin’s surface and can also help to minimise pores and alleviate acne symptoms, as well as targeting skin discolouration.

Glycolic Peels - glycolic peels have the smallest molecular size and penetrate the deepest, meaning that they are great for the exfoliation and rejuvenation of skin that is showing signs of ageing that you’d like to soften. Glycolic peels come in different strengths, depending on the results you’re looking for, and a consultation is always necessary so we can assess the best course of action for you

Lactic Peels - derived from milk, the lactic peel is ideal for skin that’s dry or sensitive to active ingredients like retinol. If you’re concerned about having an adverse reaction, the lactic peel is easier on the skin, and it’s a great starter peel if you haven’t had one before due to its gentle nature.

Salycilic Peels – salycilic peels are used to deeply exfoliate the surface layers of the skin. Salicylic acid breaks the bonds that hold the skin's cells together, causing them to shed away or peel. As the skin regenerates, it is rejuvenated. Compared to other types of chemical peels, salicylic acid gives a gentle exfoliating action, and immediately following a salicylic peel you'll notice your skin feels softer and smoother. They can also make large pores look smaller.

Due to the super sensitive and reactive nature of my skin, when I visited Lovely By Skin Institute at Commercial Bay for a Boost Peel, my therapist Penny opted for a 20 per cent lactic peel by Dr. Aspect to address fine lines and general dullness. The process of applying the peel was done with utmost care, and the comfort level of my skin checked up on multiple times during every step.
First, my skin was thoroughly cleansed. A peel preparation solution, similar to an astringent, was then applied to my skin with cotton pads and a bit of balm applied to my lips and around my nostrils to help protect these extra sensitive areas.
Next, the peel solution was applied, and the infamous ‘tingle’ began to take over. You can get one to three applications of the solution, one on top of the other, depending on what your therapist feels is appropriate for you. More applications equals a stronger peel, and one was definitely enough for me as it had been a long time since I’d had anything similar and it’s always better to err on the side of caution!
The solution was left on for about three to five minutes, and during this time I definitely felt some warmth, but it was definitely not pain. After the time was up, the peels was neutralised, which again bought a little warmth. Any remaining product was then washed off with water, and Lovely’s Soothing Serum (below) and Sun Protection applied. Both of these products have been on high rotate in my routine of late, the latter’s warm tint making it a super flattering, skin protecting option all year round.
The next day I repeated the same product lineup, and my skin was as soft as the baby’s proverbial with a definite return of the glow that has been absent over the last few months. Days later it still looks and feels better than it has in a very long time, and I'm officially hooked!

What should I avoid after a peel?

It’s important that you don’t generate any additional heat during the first 48 hours after your peel. Because layers of your skin have just been exfoliated off, exposing a fresh new layer, your skin will be more susceptible to burning. Avoid exercise and hot baths, and sunscreen is a must whenever you leave the house, even if you’re only getting in and out of the car.
You should also avoid the use of harsh exfoliants or active cleansers for seven days after your treatment.

How many peels do I need?
Having just one peel done will give your skin a bright, healthy glow and leave it feeling softer and smoother. To treat other skin issues, you'll need a series of peels done. This may mean three to 10 peels over the course of several weeks to months. But this will vary widely depending on your budget, time commitment, and desired results.

Main image: by Alexandru Zdrobău on Unsplash


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