Faustina Aidoo has been a Destination Skin practitioner and skin peel expert for over 10 years. Based in the Destination Skin Maddox Street Clinic, near Oxford Circus in London, Faustina performs up to 12 revitalising skin peels every week for her loyal customers. We’ve caught up with her to find out more about the work she does:
What is a Skin Peel?
Skin peels are some of the most effective and impressive treatments in skincare today. There are two main forms of skin peels which are Resurfacer and Chemical Peels. Resurfacers superficially exfoliate the skin, meaning they work on the very top layer of the skin (stratum corneum). Resurfacers generally have little to no recovery time and can address several concerns through using acids and fruit enzymes, which work to refine and exfoliate the skin. The other type is chemical peels which exfoliate and address a wide variety of concerns, but also penetrate beyond the top layer of skin. As the chemical peel penetrates deeply into the skin, the active ingredients carry’s on working within the skin long after the treatment. Therefore leaving a stronger and extended results.
Understanding the differences will enable the client to be prepared for the upcoming treatment plan.
Have you ever had a skin peel yourself?
Yes, I think it’s important to experience as many treatments as I can to be able to explain to clients exactly what to expect.
What can I expect during a treatment with you?
Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed twice to remove make-up and any other debris that may be sitting on the skin. A preparatory solution will be used all over the skin to eliminate oils as it cleanses. Protective eye shields will be applied and also protective balm to any sensitive areas like the brows, nose and lips. The peel solution is then applied and left for the required time.
Does it hurt?
The skin can experience heat or an itching sensation and may also appear red and flushed. If you were suffering from an adverse reaction we can immediately apply a neutraliser which stops the acids from working but this is rare. If there is any sensitivity or warmth, the skin can be cooled with ice cold water until there is little or no warmth left. A special serum called Hydrator Serum is applied after the treatment, followed by a good SPF cream.
How long does a treatment take?
A full treatment takes between 30 and 45 minutes and you should find that to be a restful time for you.
What should I expect after the treatment?
You will experience some redness and flushing post treatment which can last from 30 minutes to 72 hours. This is mild and the skin will not be open or weeping. On the second day following treatment your skin may feel tight and appear a little blotched.
On the third day, peeling may begin, usually around the mouth and chin. The forehead is often the last place to peel and the peeling process can last between 3 and 7 days. Finally, after a week your skin will look refreshed, revived and glowingly healthy as the skin cells have been exfoliated and collagen and elastin has been stimulated.
What does the aftercare involve?
We recommend that you don’t use any acids for at least 5 days after your treatment and then slowly reintroduce these to your skin. Immediately after your treatment you should avoid any strenuous exercises, swimming and anything that heats the skin like saunas or steam rooms. I know it’s tempting but you really should try not to pick any loose skin. Instead continue to use Hydrator Serum and a good SPF, avoiding direct sun exposure. If you want to wear make-up, we recommend it is mineral make up.
Do clients typically worry about the after effects?
Some patients have heard stories of skin peels gone wrong however, that is most commonly at salons where staff do not have the necessary knowledge to carry out the treatment. At Destination Skin our clinicians are highly trained and we do our utmost to talk through every step of the treatment; what you can expect and what your skin will go through over the course of treatment.
We are always ethical, personable and passionate about results, which is why we are so confident in the service we are providing.
Do patients tend to come back again and, if so, how frequently?
It is important that clients continue with the treatment programme that has been determined for them as it’s an ongoing journey with the skin. In most cases we have to re-educate the skin, introducing new ingredients, going through the process of skin renewal and maintaining the skin health.
Clients are advised to have treatments every 2-4 weeks depending on the treatment and then every month to maintain their results.
Can you tell me about any real success stories you’ve had?
They have been so many over the years but one really stands out to me which I regularly use as an example in demonstrating Destination Skin values when teaching new practitioners.
A patient with pigmentation concerns had tried various different treatments which she found either irritated her skin further or made her pigmentation more pronounced. After 6 months of failed attempts she visited me at the Maddox Street Clinic. We had a long chat and I explained I wanted to take her skin on a journey that would start with taking her back to basics; to recondition and strengthen her skin using calming products from the EPIONCE range over three months.
She came back for assessments every 6 weeks to ensure her skin was responding to the products and to check she was using them correctly. After 3 months, I reassessed her skin and was pleased to see it presented very little inflammation, brighter tone and a slight reduction in pigmentation. There was a consistent smile on her face and she knew and understood why we were taking this route.
We were now ready to do some skin peels to further reduce her pigmentation. We undertook a course of 12 pigmentation peels, carried out every 2 weeks. During this time we introduced other pigmentation products to compliment the treatments.
After 9 months we had reduced her pigmentation by 60%. We had not completely eradicated her pigmentation, but her skin looked healthy and strong and she left us with further products to help her skin improve even further. She was a very happy client.