HEALTH & BEAUTY – To peel or not to peel?

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Spring 16 issue.

Skin Peel Absolute Aesthetics

A Skin Peel at Absolute Aesthetics

Rachel Gray, Senior Practitioner at Absolute Aesthetics explains why skin peels are not to be feared and should be seen as a nice addition to your skincare regime.

Let’s be honest. When most people hear the words ‘skin peel’, the first thing that will spring to mind is the image of a face which is red and patchy with broken skin that is falling away. Fans of Sex and the City will remember the episode where Samantha was left with her face red raw after a chemical peel because she wanted to look ‘super fresh’ for a party. In general, this perception of skin peels is not the reality.

The truth about skin peels:

Not all skin peels are aggressive. They can be tailored to your individual skin type, the results that you would like to achieve and what sort of downtime you are willing to have.

Only a few skin peels will actually cause a visible peel. The majority of them work progressively with your skin to exfoliate and rejuvenate without causing any unsightly downtime.

In general, the different acids in skin peels are derived from natural sources such as sugar cane, willow, milk, apples and fungi.

Milder skin peels are unlikely to cause significant peeling. They are more likely to cause a mild flaking which will resemble dry skin.

Rachel believes that skin peels are ultra-effective and they are one of her absolute favourite treatments for patients, as they can treat so many concerns.

For example, as we age, the top layer of our skin does not shed as often. This means it gradually gets thicker, leaving us with dry, dull and lack lustre skin. A mild peel will work on removing this top layer of built up dead cells, leaving the skin bright and glowing.

There are several types of skin peel available and they come in varying strengths, with a variety of formulations. The type of skin peel used is determined by the quality of your skin and problem areas, and an experienced practitioner will be able to suggest the best peel or course of peels in order to get the best results for you.

Peels can have a whole host of positive effects on the skin. This includes improving the appearance of pigmentation, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and helping with areas of acne and scarring. They can even help clinical homecare products to penetrate deeper into the skin, working together to enhance and prolong results.

For most people, Rachel would recommend incorporating a mild skin peel into their skincare regime and this can be anything from once a month to once every three months.

Absolute Aesthetics have a selected range of skin peels that can be used to improve the appearance of the skin. Treatments will stimulate cell renewal and, depending on the peel applied, can improve the appearance of:

  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Sun damage and pigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dull and uneven skin texture/tone
  • Excess sebum
  • Enlarged pores
  • Blackheads

A nice luxurious end to a skin peel treatment is to opt for a 20 minute session basking in the light of Dermalux. This phototherapy device uses a combination of red, blue and yellow light to rejuvenate the skin and improve the overall health of the skin. The heat and light stimulate circulation to bring blood and nutrients to the face and this encourages the production of collagen which gives a natural plumping effect and an all-around healthy glow.

As the Dermalux reproduces the same properties of sunlight without the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, it can have a beneficial impact on mood during the darker winter months.

Do not be daunted by the thought of a skin peel. For most people, the recovery time is immediate or within a few days. They ARE the perfect treatment to get your skin ‘super fresh’ for any special occasion.

For further information about skin peels and other treatments available to you, please telephone 01483 477 189 (Guildford) or 020 3757 7178 (London), email or visit