Ok this time round I am going into The Buff Day Spa to have myself an Image facial peel.. I have to say I was a bit dubious to say the least, I mean we’ve all seen the repercussions of Samantha’s skin post-peel in Sex and The City, so a little nervous is probably a bit of an understatement!
I had called in 2 weeks previously and had my skin consultation with my Therapist Ciara, to outline exactly what my skin expectations were and to make sure I was able to have an Image peel. The consultation was very in-depth and Ciara needed to know alot about my medical history to ensure I wasn’t allergic to anything and to ensure my skin was suitable for an image peel, she then explained that I would need to pre-treat my skin for 2 weeks with a “peeler product” prior to having the peel done, this is to prep my skin so the peel will penetrate right into the skin and I will get the maximum results from the treatment! My main reason for having the peel is that like so many of you I am getting married next year and although I do look after my skin with professional products, I want more results. I want my skin to REALLY glow, I want my redness reduced, my pigmentation reduced and my brownish marks from old breakouts gone! Ciara explained that to achieve these results I would need a course of 4 peels at 2 week intervals coming up to the big day, she also said that with the Image range, 75% of my result would come from my homecare routine and the other 25% from the course of peels themselves, so this is a skin-care commitment, one I am happy to make! So I signed the consent form and headed out into the sunset (or home) to start pre-treating my skin.
I began using The Total Facial Cleanser twice a week, in the evening on a Monday and a Thursday! I noticed a slight tingling on my skin when I used it and after the first week I could see my skin starting to flake, especially around my mouth, it also looked alot duller and was feeling tight. Luckily Ciara had informed me that flaking would occur with using the product, she did say “without reaction there is no action” and had assured me this is normal and a good thing so I was happy with that! In relation to the dullness she had also explained in our first consultation that Image products with glycolic work differently, they go right into the basal layer of your skin and then work upwards to the surface, shedding away the dead cells. So initially when using Image products your skin becomes duller and that is the dead layers of skin coming to the surface before they flake off.
2 weeks later I was back to have my image peel at The Buff Day Spa, Ciara had a little chat with me about how my pre-treatment had gone, had I noticed any changes in the skin etc? I told her all I had seen, and she said this was good. I then signed my consent form and Ciara got to work on my facial peel!
We had opted for The Signature Face Lift, which is a 30% vitamin C peel, ideal for smokers, anyone with rosacea, sensitivity, pregnancy, dry/dehydrated skin and perfect for a Bride coming up to the big day or anyone with a big event coming up, so perfect for me!
Ciara donned some vinyl gloves, got to work and began cleansing away my make up with a gorgeous orange-scented cleanser (yummy) and removed this with cotton wool, she then cleansed my skin again with what I’m guessing was the total facial cleanser as it smelled and tingled like my cleanser at home, she removed this then with sponges and cold – yes cold – water. She said that to use warm water would just add more heat to my skin and that with a peel there is enough heat being created in the skin without adding more with warm/hot water. And suprisingly enough the cold water felt quite soothing after the tingling of the cleanser, it was good! She then prepped and degreased my skin with a strong smelling liquid which she applied with gauze to my skin. My skin began to tingle bigtime which Ciara said was normal! Then with a swab Ciara applied the first layer of the peel, and began massaging it around my face and down 1/3 of my neck for just a minute, once the time was up she applied the next layer ontop of this and again massaged this for a minute, I began to feel a slight tingling sensation, Ciara checked with each layer to see how the tingling was on a scale of 1-10, I was feeling a 2, so nothing too major! Once the minute was up she applied a 3rd layer ontop and began massaging this layer once again but this time she brought it right up to my eye area, the tingling was now up to a 3 but very bearable! Once Ciara had massaged this for another minute she applied the 4th and final layer of the peel which was an enzyme masque that she said would nibble away at the dead skin and really give my skin a great glow. After a minute of massaging this masque into the skin she left it for an additional minute and then removed it with cold sponges, she repeatedly wiped my skin with the sponges to make sure it had all been removed and then she told me she would now hydrate the skin by using a hyaluronic enhancer, a serum and an eye gel. She then applied a day cream with built in SPF to protect my skin from the outside elements and from getting pigmentation!
When she gave me the mirror I could instantly see that my skin was brighter looking. Ciara told me I would need to use a post-peel treatment kit which she gave to me to use for the next 5-7 days, it is included in the treatment price and contains a cleanser, serum, masque, day and night cream. She instructed me to use ONLY this and no other products bar my make up and to start using it the day after the peel. For today she popped some Image make-up (iConceal) on me and told me to sleep in it this evening, she didn’t want me cleansing it or anything that night! Ciara explained that everyones skin is different, some people notice the difference in their skin 4 days post-peel, with others it can be a week before the results are seen. Some possible post-peel side effects are tightness (which I could feel straight away), shedding/peeling or flaking which I was told not to pick at and then Ciara went through all the post-peel instructions and also gave me a leaflet with them all on it should I forget! I then went on my merry way!
4 Days Later…
I have been experiencing some flaking and slight tightness but today is the day to do my masque from the post-peel treatment kit. It’s a vitamin C enzyme masque which smells gorgeous, nice and orangey! Straight after application my skin feels tingly, that is because the enzymes are nibbling at my flaky, dead, surface skin. After 5 mins I remove and my skin is just glowing! It looks gorgeous, feels really soft and I am a happy bunny!
7 Days Later..
My skin looks amazing! It is really glowing, my pigmentation is reduced bigtime and I can barely see the marks from old breakouts, it is incredibly soft, looks younger and I have never received so many compliments on it! I am really VERY impressed!
I am back on my regular Image Total Facial Cleanser twice a week now, have invested in some other products for my homecare and have decided that with the results I have seen from just one peel I am going to book a course of 4 for the run up to my wedding, not too close to it but I defintely want my skin looking like this on my wedding day! Thank you Ciara for giving me the best results I have ever seen from a facial treatment and Thank you Image, you have converted me and I love you!
To watch a video of this fantastic treatment press play below!