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You’ve no doubt heard about facial peels and some of you may have recoiled in fear or thought they were too ‘advanced’ for your skin. But, did you know that a peel is one of the most popular in-salon treatments for correcting skin problems in the beauty world, gently resurfacing the skin and improving texture? And rest-assured they don’t hurt (nor will your skin peel off!)

What is a chemical peel?

The NHS defines chemical peels as follows: “Chemical peels are liquids brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. The aim of this cosmetic procedure is to improve the appearance of the facial skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin tone”.

Thanks to advancements in product technology, today’s professional peels come in many variations and intensities so that they work for all skin types – even sensitive skin. One of the great benefits of a peel is that it gives amazing visible results so that you look younger and fresher almost instantly.

Treatment options at Zen

For anyone looking for an introductory peel, The Power-Packed Lunchtime Peel  from Elizabeth Arden PRO is a great place to start. The 30 minute treatment exfoliates, hydrates and evens out skin tone to leave your complexion glowing. It is, however, essential to find the right peel for your skin type and concerns so our therapists always advise on the correct treatment for your skin concerns.

Dr Murad’s AHA Rapid Exfoliator Peel has serious peel appeal. This uses  concentrated glycolic acid to exfoliate away dead skin cells while a unique blend of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and hydrators work to soothe and revitalize skin.

And then there’s the launch of our new Technoceuticals peels, a new line in professional anti-ageing products from Murad, which are carried out during a Custom Facial. There’s a trio of concentrated treatment-only peels that target specific skincare concerns such as wrinkles, dullness and pigmentation as well as help combat cellular ageing. These wonder peels contain the latest cosmeceutical developments combined with Murad’s Glycolic Acid and Tri-Acid Complex technology which is paired with antioxidants and hydrators. The result is skin regeneration with no pain or downtime.

Sometimes it can be great to boost another facial by including a peel in the treatment. For example, our Red Carpet Facial includes a gentle but strong skin peel, making this facial highly effective as a results-based, anti-ageing facial, at the same time as being a deeply relaxing spa experience. You will walk out the salon glowing and rejuvenated.

Homecare for Peels

Introducing hyaluronic acid and retinol products into your skincare routine at home is also an amazing way to help skin feeling smooth and bright – especially in between treatments. I have regular peels but also use hydrating masks at home. I use a hydrating serum by Medik8 and also love Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence. Both just disappear into the skin but keep my skin looking plump, refreshed and hydrated. If I have a lot of late nights I use Medik8 Vitamin C serum to keep the radiant glow.

Which Peel is right for me?

If this all sounds like too many options, don’t worry! We recommend coming in for a short skin consultation. Our skin specialists have a wealth of qualifications and experience and we love talking to clients about their skin, so there is no charge for a consultation. With our wide range of peels and supporting products we can quickly assess your skin type and skin condition, and advise what would work best for you. Alternatively, if you feel ready to take the plunge, just call us and we can book you in for a ‘starter peel’.

Call us to book your consultation or facial peel

Bruntsfield: 1314773535 | Hanover St: 1312257009

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Fiona Fowley is the beauty expert and entrepreneur behind the Zen Lifestyle salons. Originally a beauty therapist, Fiona realised there was a gap in the market to create a unique kind of customer experience in the UK beauty and spa industry. She created Zen Lifestyle to provide discerning clients with an exceptionally high standard of therapies in luxurious, beautifully designed surroundings. she has led the business to 18 national beauty awards, as well as being voted UK Salon of the Year 5 times.