Peels suffer from a bit of an image problem. Even the word is scary, conjouring up images of flaky skin (or Samantha Jones hiding her raw face behind a veil, Sex And The City fans) But the surging popularity of acids in skincare has shown us that peeling, when done correctly, is the easiest and speediest way to perk up your skin.
While the old-school extreme acid peels used high percentages of acids like Glycolic and Lactic at extremely low PHs, making skin highly sensitised and reactive, this process has since been completely refined. Using the same potent ingredients at slightly higher PH levels, or gentle natural and tech alternatives, the latest peel facials can dislodge dead skin cells, gently clear pores and even reduce line depth without the negative effects. No risk of reaction, no discomfort and no downtime – just gorgeous glowing skin. Read on to discover our pick of the best peels for party-perfect skin.
ESPA Advanced Enzyme Facial
If you fancy going
down the natural route, fruit enzymes are a fabulous peeling agent,
gently nibbling away dull and dead cells without the need for harsh
chemicals. This indulgent treatment combines a pumpkin enzyme peel with
dry brushing to deeply cleanse, followed by a firming mask and gloriously
relaxing scalp massage.
This futuristic facial uses Ultrasonic Peeling – ultrasound waves and high frequency vibrations to unclog pores, blitz dead skin cells and boost circulation – all of which lead to a hale and hearty, happy complexion. This being Elemis, you also get a lovely facial massage and slathering in soothing, antioxidant-packed, hydrating skincare.
Copper is the latest buzz in beauty for its collagen-promoting powers. This luxurious treatment blends a copper and lactic acid peel, to gently dislodge dead, dull skin cells, brightening and smooth skin texture with long-term plumping promise. This is followed by various luxurious gold lotions and oils; needless to say, you’ll leave glowing.
If you had a misspent youth avoiding SPF and now have the pigmentation to prove it, this treatment can help undo the deed. It includes a potent vitamin C infusion, known to combat sun damage, as well as a light glyocolic peel to brighten and clarify. It tingles a bit, but that’s a good thing.
£70 for 60 minutes, available at House of Fraser Oxford Street and Newcastle, and John Lewis Kingston, Cheadle and Milton Keynes.