I’ve never been drawn to ‘acid’ peels, ever since the Sex and the City episode where Samantha’s face ends up looking like a slapped bottom after having a skin peel, but this week saw me take advantage of another complimentary treatment (lucky me for having referred a friend!) – a facial courtesy of aesthetic treatment mecca the Cadogan Clinic www.cadoganclinic.com on Sloane Street.
I’d met my therapist Sophie on a previous visit when she’d analysed my skin using the FREE VISIA skin and complexion analysis, which uses multi-spectral imaging to reveal damage and signs of ageing on and beneath the surface of the skin that is not visible to the human eye. Fortunately for me, 8 years in the harsh Aussie sun hasn’t left my skin looking too much like an old leather handbag – that’ll be all that SPF I applied 🙂
Sophie, who is clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about effective skincare management, recommended the Epionce Lite Refresh Peel (professional use only), followed by a firming cooling mask.
Epionce www.epionce.co.uk is a US brand which is becoming very popular with aestheticians and Doctors here in the UK. It’s formulated with potent botanical ingredients, that are paraben and fragrance free, and is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. The peel is comprised of Malic and Salicylic Acids, and Willow and Onion Bark Extracts, which collectively relieve skin congestion, dullness, sallowness, increase cell turnover and improve acne with no downtime – they call it the perfect “lunch-time” skin freshening treatment!

The Peel
Having cleansed my skin with Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser, my skin was prepped with the Prep solution, which is not my favourite step of the treatment due to it’s strong astringent odour but is necessary in order to cleanse, degrease and sterilise the skin before the Peel solution is applied (if your preference is for piped whale music and a sweet smelling ‘fluffy’ facial, then this might not be for you!). The Peel solution is initially a little tingly on the skin but thankfully this subsides quickly, and after 8 minutes the Neutraliser is applied, which calms and soothes your exfoliated skin.
The Mask
Next was the Firming Mask, which is intensely hydrating and is designed to rapidly repair, strengthen and fortify the skin barrier, increasing elasticity and firmness – it felt very cool after the prep and peel, and after another 8 minutes I’m almost done!
Sophie removes the mask with water and a cleansing cloth, pats my skin dry, then applies Skinceuticals Resveratrol Concentrate, which claims to neutralise those bad free radicals and diminsh signs of accelerated ageing – yes please! This was followed by Sensicure, a hydro active face cream that desensitises irritated skin, and of course, an SPF50 by Skinceuticals.
Immediately afterwards I have to admit, my skin felt a little sticky to touch (with the Sensicure and SPF), so before I left to face the beautiful people on Sloane Street, I brushed aside my wispy hair that was stuck to my face and blotted with a little tissue in the bathroom. I awoke the next day to discover that I had broken out in a few pimples, but the overall texture of my skin felt really smooth and decongested. I didn’t experience any flaking, which can sometimes happen, but contacted Sophie to ask if the ‘adult acne’ I’d developed overnight was normal and she reassured me that sometimes this happens due to the stimulating properties in the Peel, which draw out impurities. A week later and I could still see the effects, which was brighter and clearer looking skin, and would definitely recommend making this salon treatment part of your regular routine (once a month or once every 6 weeks works well if you can afford it!).

Peels at the Cadogan Clinic cost between £90 to £150