I grew up with the notion that black skin doesn't need to undergo chemical peels and facials- I grew up watching my grandmother use the green sunlight bar and cuticura and my Gogo's skin still slays to say the least. But we're of a different generation and basic skincare is essential. Needless to say I was terrified as I don't have a lot of problems with my skin, but I do have some hyperpigmentation — a patch of darkened skin in the shape of a triangle on my forehead , it has started popping up on my lower chin as well. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by acne or trauma to the skin, hormones, pollution, stress, genetics, or as in my case — UV exposure. Always wear sunscreen, especially after a microdermabrasion session! now I'll be honest I was never good with sunscreen hence my current pigmentation!
So for the next month I'll be taking you through my 3 Dermalogica Bio Surface peels - it's literally 3months before my big day and well my first peel was a week before my Membeso.
My skin did really well with this first peel it was glowing and bright. I love these treatments because you didn't need any recovery time! Here's some info on the peel
The BioSurface™ Peel is a powerful skin resurfacing system from dermalogica which helps reduce acne, pigmentation and signs of premature ageing to reveal smoother, brighter and softer skin.
why do you need it?
Chemical peels are one of the most popular professional skin care services today because they can improve the quality, texture and colour of skin. But they can also produce severe side effects such as inflammation, discolouration and scarring for up to several months. With BioSurface Peel, you can get the same powerful results without the associated risks or downtime. In fact, your skin will look and feel healthier than ever!
So your'e probably asking how does this work well you've followed my stories and if you haven't here's a breakdown
BioSurface Peel is designed to work with the skin’s chemistry, not against it. When performed by a certified skin care professional, it safely removes dull outer layers of skin and helps the skin underneath regenerate for a smooth, radiant complexion.
In general, BioSurface Peel can be tailored to address:
o skin roughness
o signs of photodamage
o fine lines and wrinkles
o acne breakouts
o skin congestion
o some forms of hyperpigmentation and unbalanced skin tone
21 September My first peel
A prep solution is applied first, followed by enzymes, then the acid is added in layers so there is total control every step of the way. Eventually we will be aiming to get up to five layers of acid, with each layer having five minutes to do its job.
The first layer of prep solution is put on and my therapist asks me to use a sensation scale of one to ten. She says we won't ever go over a five out of ten for these treatments. The prep layer just feels like an oil, and is a little tingly. Having done its job, the enzyme layer is added. It feels much the same. This is followed by the first layer of acid.
By the time I had reached the third layer of acid I estimated myself at a four on the sensation scale. It wasn't painful, just kind of tingling all over.
A neutraliser was applied and I was told to let the therapist know when my sensation was back down to zero. With the treatment now over, an SPF 50+ sunscreen was applied and I was invited to have a herbal tea while we spoke about my after-care plan.
Literally no down time! now thats impressive!
For best results with BioSurface Peel, it is recommended to perform a series of 3-6 treatments depending on concern. Multiple series may be performed to achieve desired results. It is advisable to have BioSurface treatments in the spring, autumn and winter as this will minimise exposure to sun and decrease the risk of photosensitivity.
I'm absolutely in love with my results,
the first prescribed product to use is the ultra calming cleanser after a the peel An extremely gentle cleansing gel/ cream that can either be rinsed off or gently removed with tissue or The Sponge Cloth. Helps combat skin sensitivity caused by exposure to pollution, harsh climate, stress, hormonal imbalance, irritating cosmetic products and other environmental influences. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour. I'lll be sharing the different after care products with you after each treatment
Let me know your thoughts on the peel and if you've tried any of the deramlogica products, I would love to hear from you guys