So here we are locked down again for four whole weeks. This time around you may not be as affected as most people can still go to work and continue some form of normal routine but you won't be able to visit your favourite salon to treat your skin.
There are treatments which you can perform at home in between treatments to maintain and prolong the results which you get from an salon treatment. I am a HUGE fan of peels, both within professional treatment and at home. They really can change the skin for the better, if used in the correct way.
Along with extra boosters, ensuring that your at home daily skincare routine is on point is essential. Washing your face twice a day is a must, a single cleanse in the morning and a double cleanse at night especially if you wear makeup. I like a foaming cleanser and use my Skin Regimen in the morning and then in the evening I use this as a first cleanse and follow with a Neostrata Restore gel cleanser which has PHA (Poly-hydroxy-acids) in it which provides a gentle daily exfoliation.
Take your time when performing these cleanses, most people just think a quick few second wash is all that's needed but that is not the case, really take care in washing your face as you need to make sure you are removing all that makeup, spf and excess sebum which you skin may be producing (oily skin types)
Now back to the topic, I have a few products which work wonders when added into your skincare routine at home, the power products which are going to give your skin a little extra boost.
[comfort zone] Enzymatic Peel Mask
So this is a great starting point for people with sensitive skin who are new to chemical exfoliation. This delicate creamy mask is made with the enzymatic exfoliator Bromelain which comes from Pineapple Extract, most Enzymatic peels you see on the market peeling agents which are derived from fruit extracts, you can also get Papain which comes from Papaya's.
The reason I love this one is because it not only has the exfoliating ingredients but it also contains ingredients which preserve hydration within the skin. Betaine, a natural osmolyte extracted from sugar beets and is already present in the skin, it is an excellent conditioner, preserving skin hydration and cell vitality; it's all well and good exfoliating away those dead skins cells but the new fresh ones need love, in the form of hydration, to really flourish and glow.
HOW TO USE: Apply an even layer to dry, cleansed skin, leave to process for 10 minutes and then remove with tepid water you can use this once or twice a week for a smooth, luminous complexion.
Available in a 60ml tube and only £24
[comfort zone] Glycolic Peel Pads
My personal go to treat, not many people ask about these and it's a shame cause you are missing a trick. So a little background, Glycolic Acid is one of the smaller sized molecular acids which means it can penetrate deeper into the skin which is great but if you have sensitive skin you may feel this more strongly than most. These pads contain a low percentage of Glycolic Acid (4%) which I have found to not overreact when applied to my skin. It will gently but effectively remove dead skin cells and help correct uneven tone. Mixed alongside Vitamin C which is an illuminating antioxidant, this will stimulate collagen and reduce age spots and pigmentation. This potent solution has been expertly formulated to offer the impressive results of a professional skin peel in a convenient at-home delivery system, the single use pads are super easy to use, unwrap and wipe over the face in the evening, leave o dry and apply your moisturiser, Done! So you can either do a course which means you use one every other evening, or like me just use it once a week.
KEY INGREDIENTS - Glycolic acid (AHA) (4%) removes dead skin cells, Gluconolactone (PHA) (4%) Gentle exfoliator with water binding abilities, Vitamin C stabilized illuminating antioxidant, Vitamin PP (3%) a vascular protector promoting capillary health.
There are 14 single use pads in a box and cost £30, if you use them my way this will only cost you £2.14 a week.
Next up are a few new kids on the block in the /skin regimen/ range.
/skin regimen/ Night Detox Mask
A leave on overnight night cream, super easy to use just apply it as you would a moisturiser and leave it to do it's thing. I have applied this a few times after having an breakout, usually stress or sugar related, and in the morning my skin has looked so much better, calmer, less inflamed, reduced irritation and the spots seem to disappear quicker. This leave-on regenerating overnight mask is cooling and almost feels like a balm, it's super soothing when applied to your skin. It contains Gluconolactone (PHA), Alpha-Glucan yeast and Longevity Complex™ which work together to boost the skin's natural autophagy which cleans out damaged cells, in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells, this process favours the elimination of toxins accumulated during the day.
You can apply this as and when it's needed once or twice a week and a little goes a long way so the 50ml pot will last a while, this one is £57.80
The latest release from /skin regimen/ just released this week...
/skin regimen/ Glyco-Lacto Peel
I love the name of this one and not just the name to be fair, the product is really something. Slightly different application method to the Sublime Skin peel pad but packs a punch with the ingredients. A blend of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA's) and polyhydroxy acids (PHA's), promotes cell turnover for an intense yet gentle skin renewal.
The presence of glycolic acid that penetrates deeply and vegetal lactobionic acid, a more delicate antioxidant, promotes cell turnover, giving new brightness to the complexion. The gel texture allows easy application and removal and we have tried this on sensitive skin and it was tolerated brilliantly however you must only leave it on for half the time whilst the skin builds a tolerability towards it. This can be used twice a week, apply to clean skin, leave for 10 minutes (5 if sensitive) then rinse thoroughly with cool water.
KEY INGREDIENTS - Glycolic Acid 10%: alpha-hydroxy acid that activates a powerful action on cell turnover, for a deep intensive renewal. Lactobionic Acid 6%: promotes a slower exfoliation integrated with an interesting antioxidant and moisturizing action, leaving the skin immediately softer and smoother.
Quick tips for at home peels
If you are using an at-home peel, please ensure you are using SPF daily, even in the winter months.
Avoid applying any peel too close to the eyes, the skin is a lot finer and more delicate.
The neck can also be more delicate, however the décolleté is a great area to use an at-home peel.
I would always patch test any at-home peel just to be safe
All the Best