‘Women get addicted to peels,’ says my therapist as she wipes an alcohol-soaked swab over my face to prep my skin. I can see why. Although they have a bad reputation for leaving skin red raw, the newest ones are quick, painless, cheaper than lasers and give incredible results. I have a three-minute Mandelic Acid peel. The maximum is eight minutes but that’s only if you ‘are a smoker or have leathery skin.’ Peels basically remove layers of skin to expose new, fresher skin below. The longer they are left on the more layers they remove. There is a slight tingling during and immediately afterwards, which is alleviated by a nourishing post-peel mask. Afterwards my skin is, quite literally, glowing, with a glossiness that looks healthy but almost shiny. I meet a friend for coffee who immediately asks what I’ve been up to.
Initially my face feels dry but by the evening though it has calmed down and my skin just looks fabulously polished and utterly squeaky clean. There are some at-home alternatives, which I will post over the next few days.
The Mandelic Acid Peel costs £110 at the michaeljohn Medispa Belgravia 020 7520652
VALUE FOR MONEY: 5/5
BEAUTY OR BEAST? BEAUTY (but beware of some downtime)