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Peels – What You Need to Know

According to the America Society of Plastic Surgeons. There was a total of 1.1 million chemical peels performed across salons in the USA in 2012 which makes peels one of the top five minimal invasive cosmetic procedures.  The past few weeks peels have been the topic of conversation in my life and I keep hearing that chemical peels are the new miracle cure for forever-young, forever-beautiful, forever-sustainable youthful wrinkle-free healthy glows. I’ve always thought of peeling as quite an intense procedure but is it really? Due to the increasing popularity of peels being offered everywhere, salons, doctors rooms and even at home products – what new skin fashion are actually submitting our skin through? This is what I found.

What is a chemical peel?

There are various products and treatments available today on the market and every brand has one or is launching one soon. That being said, what actually is a chemical peel? Well, that is an extremely broad answer as there are many different types of chemical peels and each brand that offers them has its own formulations. That being said, chemical peels used by estheticans are generally a solution that has a combination or sometimes just one alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA). The solution of chemicals is applied to the skin, mostly in layers although some peels only one layer, like a treatment mask. The peel can either be removed at the end of the treatment or is left to self neutralise. The acids in the peel work to disolve the top layers of the skin creating a controlled “burn” and therefore creating skin which needs to regenrate itself.

Essentially a chemical peel is “reboot” for your skin, essentially switching it on-and-off again allowing the old, dead skin layers to be removed and make space for younger, newer, fresher more collagen fresh skin to reappear.

Web image of a Dermaceutic Milk Peel - review of mine to follow soon.

Web image of a Dermaceutic Milk Peel – review of mine to follow soon.

At Home Peels versus Salon Peels versus Doctors Rooms Peels

There are even plenty of “peels” that are available for home use and I use the term home-use and peel in a very light sense of the word as its not technically a “peel” as these home use peels are very superficial peeling, simply a more extreme at-home exfoliation and this can help you maintain even toned and healthy skin.

Chemical peels perfomed by trained skin estheticans in salons have a lower pH than home-use products, making them more active and as such they can penetrate much deeper into the skin, these can cause your skin to turn red and sometimes skin may physically start peeling afterwards, like in the case of extreme sun burn.

Chemical peels may even be performed by Doctors, in their doctors rooms and for the most extreme peels are performed in theatre under an anaesthetic, obviously these are an even deeper peel with a lower pH than that of a salon or home use products. These peels usually have excessive”down-time” of the skin and a lot of peeling occurs afterwards.

When a series of professional peels are performed by a trained skin esthethian or doctor the peels can treat hyper-pigmentation and acne.

What chemical peels do

Across the spectrum, of what is available at the moment salon chemical peels promise may many things and they are:

  1. Improve the texture of your skin.
  2. Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin.
  3. Improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture.
  4. Help your skin produce more collagen. (Goodbye wrinkles!)
  5. Reduce fine lines.
  6. Decrease hyper pigmentation.
  7. Unclog pores and help clear up acne.
  8. Leave your skin smooth.
  9. Make your skin softer.
  10. Make your skin look more even-toned.
  11. Give you a “glow”.
  12. Make your skin look more dewy.
  13. Improve minor scarring.

Chemical peels do not promote dramatic improvements to deep wrinkles or very sagging skin, these conditions can only be treated with laser therapy or cosmetic surgery.

What does a salon peel feel like?

DermaceuticI went for my first ever salon peel on Friday afternoon, and this was a Dermaceutic Milk Peel at Ageless Faces Salon in Cavendish which felt like a crawling sensation on my skin but across the spectrum the reported general feeling can be warmth, sometimes even heat or mild stinging but if it actually hurts then there is a problem and the peel must be stopped immediately but it is normal to feel something happening on your face, as there is an acid penetrating the dead skin layers of your skin and essentially “burning” them away. The warmth sensation may be numbed by having a small fan blowing lightly onto your face.  These sensations will stop once the peel is over.

Ageless FacesThe peel itself is really quick, but I will go into more detailed experience on another post.

What happens after the peel?

Depending on what peel you have just undergone, your skin may react in many different ways and you may in fact peel but you may only experience mild itchiness, however it is normal to be quite sensitive to the sun and being vigilant about sunscreen following your peel is an absolute necessity. Skin may also feel tight and a little dry. Red skin is also common for an hour or so following the peel because having a peel is extremely stimulating to the skin and extreme caution and care needs to be given to your lifestyle choices following one in order to avoid unnecessary irritation or hyper pigmentation to the skin. This means no excessive exercise with sweating for a few days, no excessive heat sources like saunas or Jacuzzis, no scrubbing or picking your face and absolutely no retinol products or AHA products to be applied to the skin at least 10 days following the peel.

Who should have a peel?

If you have an acne problem or deeply congested pores; have fine lines or wrinkles; or feel like your skin needs a brightening up then a salon performed peel would be a good option for you. If you regularly have facials and want to up your skin care routine, instead of having a facial why not try having a peel every 4 – 6 weeks. A facial is great for your skin but having a peel performs a deeper cleanse of pores and helps assist with the regeneration of skin cells promoting a brighter, healthier glow. Having a series of peels can treat a number of skin issues and really there is no reason not to try one.

My 2 – cents, why pay for a facial when you can cleanse, exfoliate, mask and moisturise just the same at home when you are using good quality products, rather spend that money on a an investment on a peel to transform your skin and to treat it deeper rather than superficially. The full post on my skin from my Milk Peel is coming soon, but I can just say I have fallen in love with the idea no matter how sceptical I was at first and certainly think its a better investment in the long-term care of my skin.

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Helena Bonham Carter on the Cover of Vogue UK

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Vogue UK have dedicated their July 2013 issue to Ageless style, which as stated by them “celebrates women who possess a distinctive style that transcends age.”

Helena Bonham Carter on the cover of Vogue - Ageless Style Issue

Helena Bonham Carter on the cover of Vogue – Ageless Style Issue

Helena Bonham Carter is on the cover, and in my eyes this woman can really do no wrong, not only is she simply gorgeous, she encapsulates everything that “ageless style” means to me. She wears a Ralph Lauren dress and an Agent Provacteur corset while her hair is untypically sleeked back and decorated with a feather head piece. How beautiful, albeit, slightly over retouched does she look?

Helena has always drawn attention, not only to her roles but her quirky styles. Everything about her is extravagant with the tousled locks to tattered, corseted, and draped dresses to eye-catchy accessories. Regardless of being a regular on various worst-dressed lists she always stay true to her style and even got a fashion gig in 2011 with Marc Jacobs.

The photo shoot was shot by the famous fashion duo Mert & Marcus, and is mostly in black and white showing Helena in corsets and dramatic hats. The styling is quite reflective of Helena’s style and is yet very refined. In the interview she speaks of learning from her various roles about being a mother, actress and a wife to husband, Tim Burton.

“The research is what I get off on. My mom is a psychologist and I’m very similar to her. I love the challenge of working a character out. Ultimately, I don’t agree to do a film because I think it’s going to be a success. I do it because I think I’m going to learn something from the character I’m playing. I’m not sure what yet, but I know I’m going to learn something from Elizabeth [Taylor]. I know that, somehow, I’m going to grow as a soul from playing her.”

Helena Bonham Carter on the cover of Vogue - Ageless Style Issue

Helena Bonham Carter on the cover of Vogue – Ageless Style Issue

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Gweneth Paltrow covers Harpers Bazaar May 2013

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Gweneth Paltrow has appeared on the cover of Harpers Bazaar magazine for the May 2013 issue. She reveals her fears for getting older and her secrets of staying beautiful throughout her life.

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this has to be the only image I’m not that fond of from the shoot, it appears “plastic” to me… what about you?

Wearing a Balenciaga look, Gweneth looks cheerful on the cover. Caught on the lenses by Daniel Jackson and beautified by makeup artist/stylist Julia von Boehm, she reveals all her deepest secrets of life after turning 40, which happened last year…. can you believe it??

“You know, I use organic products, but I get laser. It’s what makes life interesting, finding the balance between cigarettes and tofu. I’ve probably tried everything… I would be scared to go under the knife, but you know, talk to me when I’m fifty. I’ll try anything. Except I won’t do Botox again, because I looked crazy.”

Everything is not as fatal as it may appear. She is rational about getting older and asks herself different questions about the possibility of getting into more films, having another child, moving back to the USA. However, she also had some fears but she has learnt from them in the past.

“I don’t hold on to fear as much as I used to, because I’ve learned a lot about genuinely not caring what strangers think about me. It’s very liberating. It’s very empowering, and I’ve learned a lot of that from Jay – Shawn Carter – Z, because his approach to life is very internal. It’s a very good lesson to learn.”

She was reminiscent about her married life, she and her husband, Chris Martin are becoming really close since their marriage in 2003.

“We are growing into very similar people. It’s cool, it’s good. It’s not always easy though!”

She has been quite active in her work life, appearing in movies such as Thanks for Sharing, The Avengers and the coming movie, Iron Man 3, while she is also rumoured to be in another unnamed movie due in 2014.

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NSFW: Plastic Surgery Themed Editorial In Noi.se Magazine

[NB: NSFW stands for NOT SAFE FOR WORK.  I’m serious; close the browser if you do not want to get fired. Thank you. This public service announcement is brought to you from Pout Perfection’s stay employed innitiative]

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Of all the self-referential ways the fashion world comments on itself, plastic surgery-themed editorials are simply one of the best. That is because most efforts at self-reference, in all contexts fashion or not, come off with a hint of self-indulgent and a dash of un-self-critical, while it’s pretty f*cking impossible for a decent plastic surgery themed editorial to do that.

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The imagery of plastic surgey is so grotesque that it makes you think “Oh, that’s AWFUL!” even if you still want to look like the model therein. These photos, for lack of a better word, “expose” the price of beauty, if you can call it that.

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It also just happens to appeal to my inner Gothic sensibilities (I was a terrible Goth, I could never shut up) because once you grown up listening to Marilyn Manson you will never not enjoy a photo that combines the glamorous with the macabre.

Roll up, roll up! Come and marvel at our illegal clinic. Blunt sharps and filthy gloves.The surgeon (butcher?) chainsmokes throughout the operation. But that’s ok, cause so does the patient. Come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! I see you shiver with anticipation?…

Additionally, it echoes a Suicidegirls photoset published during the site’s heyday, which was humorous and compelling enough to still be stuck in my mind, seven years later. Related, that makes me feel old.

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RELATED READING: 5 WTF, OMG, WHAT THE, BODY PARTS THANKS TO PLASTIC SURGERY – Sandylashxx

All I Want For Christmas is a Nip Here and a Tuck There… – moi (missfitzstudio)

Are You Aspiring to Look Like Barbie? – moi (missfitzstudio)

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