Wild Life Beauty offer a range of facials: from peels to deep cleansing, anti-aging to sensitive skin. A great, efficacious component of any facial is a peel. Here we breakdown what a peel really is and why certain natural acids are the best thing for your skin. What's Cosmedix? Why did you decide to use these products? Cosmedix is a Chirally Correct cosmeceutical line. This means that the molecules within the products have two mirror-image parts and are the same in all ways physically and chemically with one exception - how they link together and react with other molecules in the body. When a product is Chirally Correct it means that it contains only the side of the molecules with the ability to give the desired results. So, when you use only the effective side of an ingredient you are guaranteed that each ingredient has the greatest targeted benefits possible and ultimate absorption.
Now, enough science speak, I chose Cosmedix as I wanted a range that would work that little bit deeper within the skin to really target those underlying concerns that people have. I really love the fact that the Cosmedix range is free from parabens, artificial dyes or harsh actives, and is full of powerful and pure ingredients that produce rapid results without the typical side effects.
It sounds very hi-tech, is it safe to use? It is safe due to the chiral purification process. The skin recognises the ingredients so there is less chance for any adverse reactions.
Peels sound a bit scary, why are they good for you? Peels generally work on a dermal level, meaning they contain ingredients that allow penetration into the deeper layers of the skin, as opposed to just working topically on the epidermis which is what regular exfoliation does.
What are the main kinds of acids used in peels? Cosmedix peels contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids like Lactic, Malic and Tartaric which are natural acids that enhance cell turnover. They don’t contain any Beta Hydroxy Acids like Glycolic Acid as this is the smallest molecule which means it penetrates into the skin the quickest and has a greater chance of causing irritation.
Does your skin go red after a peel? How long will it be red and irritated? The skin may have a slight pink tone to it and it may not. Everyone’s skin is different. If there is ever any slight tingle or sting during the preparation for a peel then we don't perform the treatment as this means there is an impaired barrier.
If peels give such remarkable results, how long should you wait between peels? It depends on the sensitivity of the skin, the percentage and strength of ingredients, and your home routine. If the skin is well prepared, well looked after, and instructions are followed pre and post treatments, then peels may be performed closer together every 4 to 6 weeks.
Why is Vitamin C good for skin? Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is central to the production of collagen (the main protein in connective tissue and the source of the skin’s firmness and definition). Vitamin C helps keep skin firm, plump and bouncy. It is also a potent antioxidant and a tyrosinase inhibitor meaning it helps to prevent pigmentation.
Can you go out into the sun after you've had a peel with Vitamin C? Yes you can but a high SPF sunscreen should always be worn. Rain, hail, and especially shine.