Maven46 Review of Peel and Microdermabrasion
micro peel vs microdermabrasion
do you really know the difference?
Words by Tanya Grimson
February 28th, 2017
There is always a lot of talk surrounding skin peels and microdermabrasion when it comes to beauty but there is also a degree of confusion in regards to what both treatments actually entail. This is accompanied by trepidation and fear stemming from the word ‘peel’, as flashbacks of Samantha in Sex and the City with her burning skin come to the fore of your mind. Does beauty really come at such a price? With that in mind, we figured the only way to find out the real truth behind the processes was to try them out for ourselves and see if these processes are something we should approach with caution or if they have been harshly judged without real substance. And of course, what really is the difference between the peel and microdermabrasion?
Not wanting to opt for any beauty boutique, we decided to work with Renew Clinic due to the calming fact that the founders and technicians are registered medical nurses who know what they are doing. Note of advice, never ever proceed with an unregistered practitioner without medical expertise, even if they have a good deal on, as this could ultimately result in your loss as you rectify whatever damage may have been done to your skin. So, myself and maven46 co-founder, Agata (who I have to admit was little braver than me) decided to test both treatments and compare the processes and results so you too can have a real life experience of the truths, the myths and the reality.
Agata decided to go for the Perfection Lift Peel as she wanted to have just the one treatment that doesn’t require follow-up opportunities, and as a self-confessed peeler she opted for the more adventurous but still non-invasive anti-wrinkle peel which uses acid to removed the outermost damaged layers of the skin in a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure.
Skin type indications: Ageing, wrinkles, uneven skin, smoker’s skin, tired/dull skin
Prevention: Acne, ageing, it’s about creating a great base for your skin.
The peel itself is a triple effect resurfacing treatment that goes deeper, removes excess oil, red marks, pigmentation, residual acne and Rosacea. It heals the skin and repairs it in one treatment using a high dose of retinol, peptides, plant stem cells and vitamin C which is meant to leave you with the ‘Hollywood Glow’. It also helps to diminish fine lines, fade sun damage, increase hydration and stimulate cellular turnover for more youthful looking skin.
The best time of the year to do it is late autumn and winter. Best if your skin is not tanned but the most important part is that you are not exposed to the sun for about 4-6 weeks after the treatment.
Before the peel even commences you are given a peel kit that contains an MD Repair Crème (a highly concentrated blend of retinol, glycolic acid and oil soluble Vitamin C to resurface and rejuvenate skin) and MD Cleanser (10% Glycolic Acid and 1% Salicylic Acid), which are active products to prep your skin before the peel which you have to use for 2 weeks before the date of your peel. The nurse also instructed me to use an Ormedic Cleanser, vitamin C Masque, MAX Crème, SPF 50 and Iluma Lightening Serum for 6 days of that prep. (*All of which are supplied and included in the treatment cost.)
Every day I used the set of recommended Image skincare products including the Ageless Cleanser which is based on 11% acid to get rid of any dead skin cells, accompanied by a moisturiser which contains SPF 30 and each evening I applied the Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque. This masque helps to break down the buildup of dead skin cells while injecting the skin with essential anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is a process that requires a meticulous routine but after 2 weeks of use and even before the actual peel commenced, my skin was feeling more radiant already.
When you do decide to book your appointment for this peel, ensure to block book some time out post treatment as your skin will shed around days 3-5 post treatment. The nurse will tell you this anyway but trust her and make sure you don’t book any important meetings or organise any first dates during this time. I would recommend booking the treatment on a Wednesday so that by the time the peeling stage begins you are facing the weekend where you can then binge watch some TV box sets and avoid looking in the mirror too often. But do take solace in that this is just a short period of sacrifice in exchange for some pretty amazing results.
The treatment is performed in four layers and will change the image of your skin with just one application, making it ideal for busy people looking for a quick fix.
Duration: 30 mins
Your face is covered with high doses of vitamin C, glycolic acid and gentle but highly active enzymes which aim to speed up cellular turnover to brighten, tighten and lighten your skin. This is repeated four times. It’s not very painful, however, it really depends on your sensitivity levels. For me, it was just a tingling sensation but everyone’s skin is different so I cannot speak for all. Immediately after your treatment, your skin feels a little irritated, but nothing that should be a cause for concern.
The following day your face feels a little tighter again but there are no visible signs of work done. Post-treatment products are available in a kit which contains one week’s supply of safe, easy-to-use products such as as cleanser, serum and SPF 50 moisturiser which are designed to alleviate irritation, heal and repair the skin post treatment.
By the evening time, the effects of the peel are starting to take effect and the following morning your skin will begin the official peeling process, even the smallest smile can cause your skin to wrinkle or crack as old skin begins to shed. This is the official time to begin your hibernation but choose your movies carefully as even a comedy or a tearjerker may cause a physical sensation in the skin, so opt for standard fare that doesn’t provoke any type of extreme reaction. As the days continue, your skin becomes more desensitised in terms of the sensation, however, the peel is in full swing so takeaways are also recommended but it is time to resign yourself to the process – just relax and accept it, knowing that at the end of it, you will have a beautiful new layer of youthful skin. By Monday, all of your hopes have come true and all the suffering has made sense. You feel and look great. Your skin seems to be 10 years younger (at least!), the colour is more even, pores are smaller, spots are gone and skin feels tighter (in a good way). After a week, you will have forgotten about your reflection in the mirror over the weekend and will already check your calendar to see when would be the best time to repeat the treatment.
The Perfection Lift Peel costs €150 for 1 treatment or €540 for a pack of four treatments.
the medical microdermabrasion
I decided to opt for microdermabrasion as I was the less brave of the two of us and I had always been curious about the results and benefits of the treatment.
Microdermabrasion is commonly used to treat and/or diminish blackheads and whiteheads, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damaged skin, acne-prone skin, superficial age spots, hyperpigmentation and oily skin and dry, patchy skin.
This is a quick fix for those who want to rectify uneven skin tones, remove dead skin cells, improve skin pigmentation and for those with blocked pores as the process helps your skin to produce more collagen, resulting in younger looking skin.
Duration: 30 minutes
Microdermabrasion is a skin-deep exfoliation process, which is carried out using a Diamond-Chip wand to gently polish away the top layer of skin. There is no prep required, however, a consultation with the clinic nurse is recommended so she can evaluate your skin condition prior to treatment.
Although this can also be a stand-alone treatment (depending on the status of your skin), it is recommended you have at least 2-3 to see any real results. The main reason I wanted to do undergo microdermabrasion is because of the sallow nature of my skin and my genetic heritage (I am half South-African) meaning I am naturally prone to oily skin and despite the continuous facials and constant trial and errors of moisturisers to suit my skin type, I always felt like my skin was congested and producing too much sebum. It wasn’t that I had acne but more the annoying feeling of your skin looking lumpy or uneven under the surface. Plus, as a side of effect of having a child (and not something that is commonly known), your skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation from direct contact with the sun, so having returned from a recent trip to the very hot Mexico, my pigmentation was more obvious than ever. However, I was advised to wait at least 3 weeks post holiday, allowing time for my tan to fade and the pigment in my skin to relax.
The treatment itself is pain-free, it involves using the Diamond-Chip wand to gently exfoliate the top layer of your skin and kind of feels like a mixture of an electric toothbrush and a hoover working around on your skin. After the treatment, a vitamin C moisturiser is added to protect the skin and enhance the anti-pigmentation process. You are also then shown how much dead skin has been removed from your face and it is was alarming to see that despite all of your cleansing routines these dead cells are just lying there underneath, congesting the surface of your skin.
The following days were relatively uneventful, on day 3-5 you notice that your skin appears much drier and it is more obvious in the places that the nurse has focused her attention on. I was recommended to use Image Clear Cell Salicylic Gel Cleanser as that would help to eliminate excess oil while lightly exfoliating dead skin and the glycolic acid in it would bring to the surface even more congestion in time for the next treatment. And it did. On the second treatment, I was shocked to be shown that double the amount of dirt under my skin had been cleansed away but I was reassured that this meant the treatment was, in fact, working as the daily cleanser I had been using was bringing it to the surface and the microdermabrasion was sucking it away, allowing for newer collagen to be produced and minimising the appearance of pores. Again, on days 3-5 post second treatment, my skin was dry, even more so than the first time, but there was solace in the awareness that this meant the old layers were starting to come off. My complexion was already noticeably brighter and there was a huge improvement in the overall texture of my skin. My third and final treatment once again produced more layers of dirt but the days post treatment were less severe and my skin was shining for all the right reasons.
My skin looked and felt noticeably brighter, tighter and I was even able to fool people into thinking I was wearing makeup when I wasn’t. But most of all, I was so impressed with the overall texture of my skin and the glow it seemed to have again. It was recommended that I use the Image Skincare Ageless Total Facial Cleanser twice a day and also the Iluma Intense Lightening Serum which is described as a one-stop beauty product that doesn’t require multiple beauty fixes as everything I needed was within 2 drops a day. Having seen first-hand the real benefits of having the microdermabrasion done and the improvement of my skin over the period of 9 weeks, it is now going to be factored into my beauty routine but the biggest surprise for me was the discovery that the cult Image products (already infamous among celebrities) as recommended by Renew Clinic are nothing short of miracle workers. The range is not expensive for what they do, priced at regular cosmetic prices, and it is hard to look back or experiment anymore when you see and feel the results. However, they are only available in beauty clinics as it is advised you receive a professional consultation on the selection of products best suited for your skin type before you begin.
For best results, it is recommended that you book 2-3 treatments, depending on your skin, three weeks apart. They should be maintained every 8 weeks for continued results.
€80 for one treatment, €120 for two treatments.
To book either of these treatments contact Renew Clinic www.renewclinic.ie or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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