When I first heard about Dermalogica’s BioSurface peel, I envisaged some serious down time. Not the case. The ‘BioSurface Peel’ Treatment left me with bright, not red skin. There are harsher peels on the market (who doesn’t instantly think of Sex and The City?) – and you may see fantastic results from them – but for me a course of six at Dermalogica and then maintenance over time would by far be my preference. In teenage years it takes 14 days for skin to regenerate, as adults it takes around 40 days – and damage underneath skin begins to show at the surface. A chemical peel speeds up that regeneration rate.
BioSurface Peel can address
Signs of photodamage
Fine lines and wrinkles
Unbalanced skin tone
How it works
The BioSurface treatment has been designed to resurface the skin – helping to deal with issues such as pigmentation, skin congestion and fine lines and wrinkles . At a first appointment there are four steps – the first being a skin prep to change the PH balance of the skin – making it ready for the peel. The prep makes the skin more acidic – and a lower PH balance means that an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) will be more effective at exfoliating the skin – regardless of concentration used. The change in PH causes a superficial shock to skin cells leading to changes in skin physiology. The lower the PH the more acidic the peeling agent, and as a result there is more chance of seeing a good decrease in pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles.
The prep is followed by three layers, the last being a decelerator. Any subsequent treatments – assuming reactions to the first treatment felt manageable – would be five layers beyond the prep. Each layer of treatment is applied with gauze. This isn’t a relaxing facial – it’s very much a results based skin treatment. It may be advisable to have a sixty minute facial two weeks before the peel to deal with extractions, and of course to have the necessary peel patch test.
My therapist was Layla – she communicated with me the entire way through the treatment – checking that my skin felt ok, and asked me to rate pain between 1 and 10 at each step. I didn’t give her an answer more than a ‘3’. The most discomfort I felt was across my temples, it was more of a prickly feeling than anything painful.
After the treatment you’re sent home with a kit to use for the next few days – this contains Ultra Calming Cleanser, Barrier Repair, Intensive Moisture Balance, Supersensitive Shield SPF30 and Multivitamin Thermafoliant. If your skin does happen to peel – and mine didn’t – do not peel it off, gently buff with Multivitamin Thermafoliant.
Recommendations and Pricing
Layla told me that an intense course could involve a peel as often as once a week.To see great results 3 sessions are recommended within 12 weeks. You are strictly warned to stay out of the sun – so don’t book one right before a holiday. For optimum results six sessions are recommended and are priced at £420. An individual treatment is £85.
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