If hormones, sun damage that's difficult to completely evade when living under the glorious but harsh Australian sun, or pregnancy have left you with pigmentation (as a Mum of two, I hear this), then consider the Deep Sea Peel - a non-surgical, acid-free option that promises a dramatic result.
Following a consultation with a registered nurse, my skin is thoroughly cleansed before the peel is applied to one-third of my face at a time. Each section is massaged for approximately five minutes, although I'm told that, depending on the level of pigmentation a patient has, this can be up to 10 minutes. Given that the discomfort slowly builds the longer the peel is applied, I find the five-minute-per-section process highly tolerable and must admit I had braced for a lot more pain. All up, I'm there for just over half an hour before heading home, clutching the post-care products to be used for the next week.
Over the following days, my skin looks and feels as if I'm recovering from sunburn and peeling occurs for about nine days. With make-up a definite no, I avoid social outings for a week, and I'm grateful that I heeded the clinic's advice of allowing four to seven days of downtime and scheduled my treatment not to coincide with any presentations at work. Avoiding strenuous exercise for a week is also recommended.
But if pays off. Within a fortnight, my pigmentation is noticeably reduced, my frown lines are much fainter and my complexion is generally refreshed and smoother.
The Deep Sea Peel costs $660 with post-care products.
Words in Body and Soul Magazine, May 2022