10 Apr 2018 / Emma Smyth
Representing AlumierMD as an ambassador has its perks. One of which is the regular exposure I receive to the brand’s luxury range of chemical peels, as part of the training protocol. Last Friday I travelled to Windsor to meet some of the nations top medical practitioners and therapists to practise advanced peeling techniques, share experiences and most importantly, share results.
When it came to the practical, I opted to receive the following combination of treatments:
Purifying Gel Cleanser
Enzyme Retexturing Treatment
Glow Peel – 4 Layers
Vitamin A Boost – 2 Layers
Sheer Hydration SPF
Total Treatment Time: 1 Hour
Cost of treatment at Countryside Cosmetics: £120
For the purpose of this Post, I will focus on one of my favourite peels to have by far, Alumier’s Glow. Containing lactic acid, salicylic acid, resorcinol and soy amino acids, this peel packs a punch and treats a range of concerns such as large pores, ageing, sun damage and deep pigmentation. But what exactly do these ingredients do?
Let’s start by taking a look at the ingredient lactic acid. Normally found in milk, lactic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy acid family (AHA). Alumier biosynthesise this ingredient for use in their cosmetic formulations, meaning anyone with a dairy intolerance can still be considered for treatment. When used cosmetically, lactic acid exfoliates dead skin cells and enhances cell turnover to improve skin texture, including fine lines and wrinkles.
Salicylic Acid is related to aspirin and is known as a beta hydroxy acid (BHA). Being oil soluble, it penetrates deep into the pores to exfoliate dead skin cells while its anti-inflammatory properties help to control acne pimples – a key ingredient for anyone suffering symptoms of acne/acne rosacea or general break outs.
Soy Amino Acids are extracted from yeast and work to exfoliate dead skin layers while increasing cell turnover by selectively targeting the adhesion of corneocytes, resulting in brighter, smoother skin.
The final ingredient, Resorcinol aims to increase the overall effectiveness of the other agents. Used widely in peeling treatments for the last 150 years, resorcinol disrupts the hydrogen bonds in Keratin, making it a superb choice for treatment of pigmentation.
Everyone experiences the peeling process differently, with some skin types appearing seemingly unaffected during treatment and others physically glowing red. But this isn’t necessarily an indication of the peel’s overall effectiveness. Being a layered therapy, Glow is a spectrum peel that allows the practitioner to tailor the depth of treatment specifically to the needs and comfort levels of the client. I can honestly say, that at four layers, I was feeling the heat!
Immediately after your peel, you can expect your skin feel radiant. Coated in luxurious medical grade products that will infuse over the hours following treatment. Over the next few days, skin will begin to feel tight and eventually start to lightly flake away as part of the exfoliation process. Days 9 and 10 are said to be the best, where new skin is revealed in all of its radiant glory!
If you would like to indulge yourself in a tailor made AlumierMD peeling treatment, then contact Emma Smyth today to book your consultation.
*While consultations are free, booking requires a £50 deposit