Will a skin peel take your complextion from dull to glowing? We find out
Sunday Times beauty editor Nokubonga Thusi tries out the Lamelle Retistore Peel, a superficial skin peel that's safe for darker skin tones
One of the most vital facial treatments for glowing skin is the peel. However, you should practice caution if you have a darker skin tone as you are at risk of post-inflammatory pigmentation, hence mild and superficial peels are safer.
Depending on the depth at which the peel penetrates, you can get a quick, instant glow or a complete resurfacing.
Lamelle Retistore (R1,200) is a superficial peel that uses a salicylic acid solution to loosen up the intracellular glue that holds the top layer of cells together and a vitamin A solution to speed up the skin's cell turnover and induce peeling to reveal a smoother, more radiant texture.
After cleansing the face, the salicylic acid solution, which has a strong alcoholic smell, is applied to the skin and left for a few minutes, then cleansed off.
The vitamin A solution is then applied and the skin starts to tingle, it feels warm with an itchy sensation that is painless.
After a peel, it's important to not cleanse the face or apply any makeup. Don't go to the gym either, as the skin is very sensitive.
You can cleanse your face the next day and apply the Barrier Repair Cream and SPF. Don't use any other products on your skin until it is completely healed after 5-7 days.The skin starts peeling and flaking from day 2 to day 5 and can be very itchy. It's important to keep applying the barrier cream. Don't feel disheartened - your skin is about to feel better.THE RESULTS
Days 5 to 7 bring the beginning of the best skin of your life as it will have evened out and the texture is smooth and luminous. The peeling has stopped and you can now use your normal skincare and active ingredients.
The skin seems to improve daily after the peel process; products absorb more effectively into the skin and makeup applies smoothly. This peel is safe to use on African skin with no undesirable side-effects.