Beauty therapist Helene Bramwell from The Mask answers your beauty questions. E-mail your query to marieclaire@ assocmedia.co.za Q: What types of peels are there and how do I know which is best for me? A: For those in the habit of going to the salon for a facial, having a lunchtime chemical peel is not out of the ordinary. It’s like a fresh start for the skin, removing the damaged outer layers to reveal new, healthier skin with a more even surface. As the fresh skin grows, it produces more antioxidants and youth-preserving collagen and elastin fibres. In a nutshell, your skin is smoother, younger and noticeably thicker and firmer.
It’s called a ‘lunchtime peel’ because you can have the treatment during a lunch break and head straight back to work without looking like a scalded lobster with sheets of skin peeling off – the potential side effect of deep peels. Although very effective, deep peels should only be performed by an experienced, qualified beauty therapist, somatologist or doctor.
In my opinion, you can effectively treat fine lines, acne and mild scarring by having a number of superficial peeling treatments over a period of time – this will need to be decided by your therapist, according to your specific needs, problems and skin type.