Skin Health Magazine Issue #10 / Winter 2019 - Page 18

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO IN-CLINIC PROCEDURES By Danielle Hadley Chemical Peels If you have struggled to get your complexion back to its pre-sun damaged best, a chemical peel is a great way to visibly brighten, smooth and rejuvenate the skin. A relatively quick pro- cedure to perform, a peel is essentially an intensive exfoliation treatment that you will really feel working. “Chemical peels can take approximately 30 minutes to perform, so they’re often considered to be a quick lunch-time treat- ment with no downtime,” explains Raimonda Vaskiene, skin specialist at Blush + Blow salon in London. “Chemical peels vary depending on the problem they treat and are categorised based on the depth of the procedure as either superfi- cial, medium or deep. Superficial peels have no downtime and during the treatment the client cannot feel any pain, only a slight itchy or tingly sensation. Medium or deep peels are more uncomfortable and you might feel a stronger tingling sensation, but there is no pain involved.” The most popular peels will leave skin looking noticeably fresher after just one treatment, but more intensive peels can take up to a week to reveal their true benefits. According to Raimonda: “The immediate benefit of a light peel is a general brightening of the skin's appearance. A deeper peel provides the same benefits as a light peel, plus it repairs and rejuvenates the skin.” Micro-Needling You might be familiar with the term ‘micro-nee- dling’ or dermarolling – we explained how to do it at home in our last issue – and the treatment is just as popular in clinics. Administered in much the same way as you would do it yourself at home, where a device packed with tiny needles is rolled over the skin to stimulate collagen production, clinic-based treatments tend to use a dermaroller with much longer needles (any- thing larger than 0.25mm is common, going up to 3mm for severely scarred or damaged skin) to inflict deeper trauma on the skin in order to deliver better and more dramatic results. ISSUE #10 | 2019 | 18 Medicine R eady to take your skin care routine to the next level? Booking in for a non-sur- gical aesthetic procedure might be the boost your complexion has been waiting for. Not sure where to start? We’ve created a handy guide to some of the most popular in-clinic procedures to help you find the one that will work for you and your skin.