My main frustration with my skin is pigmentation, I would love my skin to be as clear as it could possibly be. I’ve used sunscreen on my face ever day since I was a teenager and I’m so grateful that I have because my current frustration could be a whole lot worse.
I talked to nurse led aesthetic ‘Springwell Clinic’ which is based in Marlow at the beginning of the year. I initially went against their advice to have a chemical peel because the thought of one made me so nervous, I had a IPL treatment. Director of Springwell – Stephanie Green told me very clearly after looking at my skin that the IPL wouldn’t solve my specific problem but neither would it do any harm – in fact it’s wonderful for shallow pigmentation and thread veins. They were absolutely correct in their advice and two weeks later I had my first chemical peel!
Since then I’ve had three TCA 15% Chemical Peels spaced apart by 6 weeks. The few days downtime that they recommend take seriously. Not because there is pain, but your whole face peels – really peels!! You probably don’t want to be in a social setting for a couple of days – I was and my goddaughters couldn’t even look at me!!
Who Should Chemical Peel?
The chemical peel was the number one cosmetic procedure in the late 90’s. The episode of Sex and the City with Samantha’s memorable results possibly put a few people off having them, it was my initial thought when a peel was suggested to me! Peels are far cheaper than laser treatments – you are looking at £200 rather than in some cases thousands depending on which laser you choose. They make your products work better because within seconds dead skin cells are dissolved so nothing impends the penetration of quality products applied. The cells below the damaged layers of skin multiply and move up – which is why your skin looks so smooth and healthy afterwards. Unlike a laser it can be used at any time of year – even if you are tanned – and on any skin tone.
What happens in the peel?
Lucy O’Neill at the Springwell Clinic did all three of my peels. She is so knowledgable. Lying back on a treatment bed the skin is cleansed before the liquid is applied with fingertips – quickly all over – and then again. Lucy kept massaging my face throughout the process because the skin after a few moments begins to tingle and heat up. For about 90 seconds it isn’t pleasant – but the intense stinging phase is short. Lucy looks for the skin to frost which tells her that the peel had hit the level of the skin that it’s effective at. And then it is neutralised with another solution. The photos below are from immediately after the peel. My skin calmed down quickly before I left the clinic.
My experience of after my first peel
Day 1 – The day of the peel. After the treatment Lucy applied SPF50 to my skin. I applied a small amount of mineral tinted sunscreen, and no one would have noticed that anything had happened to my skin. I went to meet my Dad and my sister, and without me telling them about it – which of course I did – they would never have known.
Day 2 – My skin felt tight and a little bit red – exactly how skin feels when sunburnt. But I applied tinted moisturiser and went to work then to a dinner with the girls at UNI Restaurant and no-one would have noticed!
Day 3 – By the morning of the third day I was peeling and by the evening whole layers of skin were peeling off.
Day 4 – Today . I had a family lunch to attend and it would have been better to stay indoors!!
One week on –
My second peel
Six weeks later I had the second peel. I had to get on a long haul flight the day afterwards and on this occasion on the second day I did start to peel – the plane no doubt contributed to that. I peeled really quickly and intensely and my skin recovered far quicker. I had the peel on the 31st March and my skin looked fairly normal by the 4th April. I had flown to LA and was extremely careful with sunscreen. I also really hydrated this time – and I wonder if that helped my skin to return to normal more quickly. I slept in ARK Skincare’s Hydration Injection Masque and cleansed with the very gentle La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel. I used the ARK’s Hydrating Serum morning and night and wore no make up – just moisturiser and sunscreen.
My third peel
My third peel was interesting because it happened so slowly. The procedure didn’t hurt nearly as much as last time and the peeling stage happened far more slowly. Lucy at Springwell tells me this is because my skin is less damaged – which of course I love to hear! I began peeling after day 4 and gently peeled for around 10 days. It was completely manageable even though the process took longer.
I’m so happy with the results, my skin looks brighter – and my long term plan is to have a peel once a year for maintenance.
Available at Springwell Clinic
- Wrinkle reduction treatments
- Dermal Fillers
- Acne and advanced skin treatments
- Obagi Skin Treatments
- Pigment and vein treatments
- Skin Tightening
- Facial hair removal
- Skin tags and blemish removal
- Ultrasound (HiFu)
- Thread Lifts
One peel is £250
Four peels are £750 – so with a course you get one free
Contact Springwell Clinic
10-12 Oxford Road,
Telephone – 01628 308 060
Website – http://www.springwellclinic.co.uk