Flagging energy levels are one of the first indicators we take notice of when it’s time to take our foot off the pedal and give ourselves a little TLC. But when it comes to our skin, we can be all too quick to whip out the foundation to hide a variety of horrors.
“Skin is the biggest organ on the human body. It also happens to be the most exposed, and that means it takes a beating day in and day out,” advises Bella J blogger, Sarah.
“Every time we step outside, we expose our skin to harmful ultraviolet rays, changes in climate, pollutants and other elements that do damage. They can give us sunspots, wrinkles and other blemishes that make us look older.”
As with all healthy relationships, we need to nurture and give, as well as use and take. To keep our skin feeling happy and energised enough to do what it does best – protecting us – we need to check in and invest regularly.
How can skin peels help?
“We are constantly shedding our skin,” says Sarah. “In fact, we shed our entire skin about once a month, and as fast as we shed those cells, our body makes new ones to replace them. Often when we develop imperfections such as sunspots or scars they only affect the top few layers of skin.”
Skin peels work by clearing the old, damaged and congested surface, to reveal fresh, healthy skin just beneath that very top layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum. The natural ingredients contained within skin peels, such as fruit acids, act as a deep-cleaning agent to unzip plump, soft, younger-looking skin and activate cell turnover. This type of therapy suits all skin types, including sensitive skin, and the range of skin peels available means you are certain to find one that works for you.
So what are the signs that our skin is begging us for a timely crash course in nurturing care?
“For me the most obvious indicator that my skin needs TLC is when problems start to arise. Whether that’s noticeable age spots or acne flare ups,” admits beauty blogger, The London Mum. She recommends choosing the right daily skin and sun care products for your individual needs and combining them with a rejuvenating skin peel to keep the skin looking fresher and younger.
Here are the top five signs it’s time to head for a skin peel:
1. You don’t recognise yourself in the mirror
It’s that moment when you feel sympathy for the person you’ve just caught a glimpse of in the mirror, before you realise that the reflection is yours! This person looks tired, their skin is dull and everything just seems to hang sadly from the frame of the face. This shock factor is the wake-up call that a revitalisation is required. Skin peels reduce uneven textures, reaffirm lacklustre elasticity and tighten slack, visible pores. Remember to also drink plenty of water throughout the day and feast on naturally hydrating foods.
2. Fine lines and wrinkles are taking over
You spot that the fine lines and wrinkles, that were once only noticeable when you closely inspected them in the mirror, are having a maturing effect on your face. Whilst we can’t grind growing older to a halt, we can deceive our years by reducing the appearance of lines and creases, effectively stopping the clock on ageing skin. Radiant, younger-looking skin is just waiting to be revealed, using safe and natural ingredients.
3. Acne or recurring blemishes are bringing you down
Scarring caused by persistent breakouts can deal a serious blow to confidence levels. It can feel like a constant drain on our ability to ‘just be’. Acne is caused by a number of factors, including an over-production of oil from the sebaceous glands, leading to blocked pores. The active enzymes contained within skin peels exfoliate, to remove dead skin cells from the face and body, and act as a deep-cleaning agent to get to the root of the problem.
4. Pigmentation has left its mark
Pigmentation is caused by exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays leaving unsightly dark spots on your skin. Sun spots and pigmentation such as this are the result of changes to the normal production and distribution of melanin. A broad spectrum SPF can help to prevent further damage occurring, but for areas that are already showing the telltale signs of harm, a skin peel works through the damaged layers, leaving flawless skin in its wake. Beauty blogger The London Mum chooses to have a skin peel in the winter which is a great time of the year to correct any problems caused in the summer sun and gives your skin a chance to repair pressure-free over a few nights in cosied up on the sofa with a hot chocolate.
5. Your daily regime is no longer enough
You’ve been hitting the ‘Cleanse Hydrate Protect Repeat’ routine for too long and your skin deserves a well-earned treat. Exfoliators, cleansers, and moisturisers are effective at keeping our complexions and day-to-day niggles managed, so if you invest in a routine that incorporates these products on a daily basis, you are already providing adequate care. But who ever said that ‘adequate’ yields outstanding results? The magic really occurs when we dig a little deeper and give our pores a real pampering.