A decade after my acne battle began, I’m left with scars and miniature spots. The texture of my skin up close, is patchy and uneven. Since my facial in January, I’ve had a longing to try other beauty treatments. Heading to the Maple Tree Beauty Salon in Bagshot, Surrey, I experienced my first chemical peel.
At The Maple Tree we offer tailored beauty treatments and professional advice for both men and women to target specific requirements in a relaxed and calming atmosphere.
All treatments begin with an indepth consultation, which enables your therapist to select the most beneficial treatment for you – The Maple Tree Salon
Benefits of a chemical peel
Chemical peels range from mild, to medium and deep, with a host of different formulas. It’s crucial to consult with a specialist first, to figure out the right course of treatment for you. At the Maple Tree, chemical peels are designed by Image Skincare.
Used by physicians, aestheticians and spa owners, Image Skincare is an innovative brand founded by Jana Ronert. An international speaker on health and beauty, Jana regularly collaborates with celebrated chemists across the globe, to formulate products and treatments to seamlessly improve skin.
The products behind your chemical peel and the strength you choose, makes all the difference. General key benefits of a peel include: controlling acne, improving pigmentation, brightening, hydrating, removing sun damage and reducing lines and wrinkles. At the Maple Tree, the Image Skincare chemical peels are all custom-formulated. This means your treatment is tailored-made for you.
The process involved
Melissa, my beauty therapist, recommended the Image Skincare Signature Face Lift peel, which combines vitamin C with enzymes. She began by checking my skin, and then cleansed and removed dead skin build up.
The next step, was applying a degreasing solution. This removes the first layer of oil. While my T-zone generally doesn’t look overly shiny, since my peel, I’ve noticed just how balanced and normal my skin now appears.
For my peel solution, my Signature Face Lift contained fruit acids and enzymes, which eat away at dead skin on the face. Image Skincare’s Ageless Resurfacing mask was put on, to rejuvenate, brighten and gently slough off dead cells. Another layer of peel solution followed.
Vital C Enzyme was the second mask used and left for 10 minutes. Perfect for post-treatment skin, this mask contains vitamins A, C and E. The last step of my peel, involved using finishing products. As Image Skincare has a wide range of choices, my therapist chose the best for me specifically. As an example, you can use a product containing retinol for anti-ageing, or hyaluronic acid for hydration.
The after results
As this was my first chemical peel, I had a mild strength treatment. Instantly, I noticed a surge of hydration. An actual glow reflected off my skin, and it just made me look much more brighter and healthier.
As the days went on, my scarring and skin texture improved. I have cut down on using foundation and concealer. My pores seem smaller, and many of the little bump spots splattered on my chin and forehead, have made an exit.
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised and pleased at the results of my first chemical peel. I assumed it would take a couple of treatments before noticing a difference.
Investing in good skincare is worthwhile; investing in good skincare after a peel is essential. When Image Skincare was explained to me, it never felt like a sales pitch or a quick way to get me to buy products. Melissa really spoke about the reasoning behind the salon offering the brand and why it’s invaluable to use.
Skin is extremely vulnerable post-peel. Putting on any moisturiser or cleanser is not going to maximise care and results. A post-treatment mini-kit was given to me. It contains a cleanser, day and night moisturiser (the day has SPF 50), a serum and a mask. As Image believe in a bathroom cabinet being colourful, the pack is quite aesthetically pleasing to use.
Not only is a professional, high-quality skin line imperative, high sun protection cannot be disregarded. It’s ideal to keep out of direct sunlight, so do not get a peel right before a holiday.
Is one chemical peel enough?
Generally, a first chemical peel signifies the beginning of roughly 6 treatments. How many you exactly have, is down to concerns, expectations and your skin’s condition. For me, I would require a course of chemical peels on a bi-weekly basis, to fully remove my scarring.
A first chemical peel gives fantastic results, though it’s most-likely not enough to not require booking more.
Is a peel painful and are there any negative effects?
For a few minutes, I noticed a tingling sensation when the peel solution was applied. My therapist Melissa at the Maple Tree, knew exactly where I would feel a sting, based on my complexion. I felt entirely at ease because everything was explained in great detail. The short-lived, uncomfortable feeling, soon disappeared. Though I have to say, for a split-second my eyes watered.
The only negative effect I experienced, is the post-peeling. This naturally happens for around 5 days after a peel. I resisted all temptation to try to peel off my dry skin or whack high doses of cream over the top. It is part of the process and it’s best to leave.
Overall: Would I recommend?
If you live in or near Surrey in the UK, I highly recommend visiting The Maple Tree Beauty Salon. Their high ratings speak for themselves. The team is super-friendly and made me feel at ease. Concerns and questions were all answered clearly, and I understood all that my peel entailed.
My first chemical peel has turned out fantastic, and I will be planning a full course of treatment soon at the salon. To find out more, head to their website, and keep up to date with them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
If you’ve had one before, what was your first chemical peel experience like? If you haven’t, are you interested in trying a peel? What would your main concerns be?
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Treatment was complimentary, however all views as always, are entirely my own.