I have to start this with I can't quite believe I am posting a no make up selfie for all and sundry to see on the internet but given the topic of this post, I need to give you a look at my no make up face!

Now, I am sure I am not the only one who had visions of a Samantha from SATC experience when having a chemical peel, but I wanted to bust the myths and give you the low down on introducing peels into your skin regime.


The Consultation

When I was contacted by the lovely ladies at Skin Health Spa to come along and try out a chemical peel for myself, I was honestly quite apprehensive and I am sure they sensed my ignorance on the topic when I said quite firmly I didn't want ANY downtime nor did I want to feel like my face would burn off!

They reassured me that that would not be the case so I booked in for a peel and head over to the Clinic in Manchester, where I discussed my skin woes in order to find the correct acid for me. I wanted brightness and hydration so my therapist suggested a medium depth 'modified jessner' peel to achieve my requirements! Interestingly, this type of peel contains 3 types of acid to address different thing. Lactic for hydration, salicylic for cleansing / reducing oiliness and glycolic acid for brightness.

The Treatment Itself

I lay down and the therapist cleansed my face and put vaseline on any areas which needed protection from the acid, e.g. my under eyes, eyebrows and the creases beside my nose. She then applied the acid and we let it get to work. I genuinely believed it would sting a bit but that was not the case at all. I can only liken it to when you use nail polish remover and it makes your skin feel cold OR like when you use original mint source shower gel. The thing that bothered me more than anything was the fumes coming off the product irritated my nose a bit but nothing major.

The therapist then removed the acid and neutralised the skin. My skin immediately looked alot brighter and more plumped and it has got better and better with each day after the peel. I can't believe how wrong I was about what the experience would be like!

What Skin Health Spa says about Peels

'Our pharmaceutical grade skin peels promote fresh, healthy skin by gently resurfacing the outer layers of the skin, removing built-up congestion and imperfections. Whether its pigmentation, acne or breakouts, lines and wrinkles, dehydration, enlarged pores, or specific skin complaints like Melasma we have a chemical peel that can help with your concern.

There are various types of chemical peels available, each penetrate skin at different levels of the epidermis. Resurfacers or superficial peels work on the very top layers of the epidermis and use enzymes and acids to refine and exfoliate. Skin peels or medium peels are stronger and work deeper to combat more specific skin complaints.

Removing the outer layers of dead skin with a chemical preparation, allows new skin cells to come through revealing a dramatically smoother and brighter complexion with fewer imperfections. Naturally derived acids loosen the glue-like attachments or cellular cement that is characteristic of many skin conditions such as ageing, acne, skin discolouration and coarse texture.'

Everything Else

It's worth bearing in mind that this isn't a relaxing facial so if that is what you are after then definitely still give Skin Health Spa a call and discuss the kind of treatment you are after as they do a really wide variety of treatments and the Clinic is beautiful.

The after care was very simple and it was to just do very little to your face in the immediate 24 hours after the peel and if you have to wear makeup to try and wear mineral makeup which is what I did. I was advised that there *may* be peeling but that it was highly unlikely and I didn't get anything to that effect.

In Conclusion...

I will definitely be incorporating peels into my skin care. I really felt such a difference and I think my skin reacted well to it. As you have more you could go for a higher strength but if I am honest this mild one did enough to start off with!

Thank you very much to Skin Health Spa for such a treat 💖

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