Peeled Perfection/For the love of skin.
Let's be honest the thought of a peel makes us all cringe a little, especially knowing we are probably not going to be for public consumption for a few days. Even though this isn't my first rodeo shall we say, I too get nervous & start to question why I have decided to do this to myself? Over the next few weeks I am going to share my experience from start to finish, good the bad & well the, I’m just going to say it the UGLY!
I’m sure most people who see me daily would probably question why I would want or need a peel but most of you see me with make-up & whilst I can assure you that there isn't a hideous monster hiden under there I do have a few concerns that need addressing.
Pigmentation has reared its ugly head now that I can tick the 30+ box, I have noticed the slight yet subtle "Austrian Draperies" as Mr Danne M King would call them starting to creep in. I'm not in search of perfection, I don't think there is such a thing. I want to be the best version of myself and that's healthy.... Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy SKIN.
So it's Prep Time.........
Preparation for a peel is key & whilst I am in the game I don't take short cuts. In fact I take it very seriously & always make sure my clients understand the reasons behind prep and making sure they adhere to the regime. Would you run the New York marathon without training first? If the answer is NO, then I ask you why would you peel without training your skin first.
My DMK regime for the next fortnight is as follows:
Milk cleanser, betagel, Direct Delivery Vitamin c, Eyetone, Seba E with herb and mineral mist, creme citrique with herb and mineral mist, I have incresed my efa's to 4 per day & SPF ( yes even in Autumn, EVERYDAY!)
Milk cleanser, Melanotech drops, betagel, Direct Delivery, Retosin.
I can already feel the retosin starting to regulate my cell turn over. I have always been on the slightly thickened side so areas like my chin and cheeks are starting the flake (insert wide eyed, pursed lips emoji here). This will only continue to get more so as the two weeks of prep goes on. Whilst it isn't the most pleasant experience and I already feel like hiding away or straight out explaining my face situation to everyone who looks at me, I can also say I'm excited. Why..... because it’s working, I can already see the changes the cell proliferation (flaking) is bringing with it. As a skin therapist I am not immune to the negative thoughts and emotions that can come from going through the peel process but for all the perceived negatives during it there are huge positives & I remind every client who is going through the process to look forward to the results. The blip of doubt and negativity will subside & the outcome will far outweigh any of it!
There will be photos to follow as much as it will make me cringe, it's only fair. Each of my clients has before and after’s taken with any of the treatments I perform, why? Because we are our own worst critics, no one will judge us the way we judge ourselves and it doesn't matter how small the steps maybe it’s about progress not perfection.
I look forward to sharing in the next instalment, which peel I will be having, some pre peel photo & if I am still feeling confident.
What is a peel & how does it work?
Skin peels are designed to perform a controlled removal of the epidermis (the top layer of your skin) in order to remove those old dead skin cells, improve skin turnover and reveal a brand new youthful glowing skin. Some peels just peel the top of the skin, DMK rebuilds a stronger healthier skin by following the peels with our signature Enzyme Therapy to ensure optimal skin function and recovery. So it more than just a peel it is a complete skin revision system.
What are aha's & bha's?
Alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA) acids are the most common ingredients included in DMK skin peel formulations. AHAs work by pulling water up and they blow dead cell material away in the epidermis similar to big water balloons until they burst apart and shed from the skin revealing a clearer smoother more youthful complexion. BHA works well as an exfoliant when delivered deep into pores, sloughing off dead skin cells to make room for new ones and are understood to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, topical roughness and the mottled look pigmentation that can be caused by sun damage. The most common form of BHA is salicylic acid from willow tree. When having a peel, it is recommended to stay out of the sun and in the cool and wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat, drink plenty of water and take your DMK EFA Ultra, the peel works with water so you want to ensure you have plenty of water in the skin for best results.
What to expect from DMK advanced resurfacing peels?
Book in with your DMK Professional Skin Revision Therapist for a pre-peel consultation to discuss your individual skin concerns and the condition of your skin. Peels are customised and developed to deliver the results you want whilst meeting your enthusiasm and expectations around the process and home prescriptive advice. Follow the DMK Home Prescriptive advice for peel preparation.