What is it?
The latest AHA technological advances combined with Lactic Acid to help revitalise the appearance of dry, mature and sun damaged skin. Ideal for problem-prone skin and mature skin breakout,minimises the look of fine lines and wrinkles, hydrated and retexturises and assists with restoring skin clarity and radiance.
A treatment inspired by medical techniques* to intensely renew the skin with a synergy of advanced technology and the expertise of Sothys beauticians. This treatment is based on two well-known exfoliation methods: the peel (chemical) and microdermabrasion (mechanical) for high-performance skin cleansing. (*Superficial cosmetic skin peel for professional use only)
Phase 1 : Detoxifying
Exfoliating paste in a clay base with natural crystals of corundum eliminates dead skin cells and deeply cleanses the pores of the skin. The paste incorporates an anti-pollution peptide to encourage elimination of environmental pollutants and micro-particles that accumulate and asphyxiate the skin’s tissues.
Phase 2 : Resurface
The Peeling Renovator solution: a bonded 20% Glycolic & Salicylic acid micro-emulsion, is applied as an intensive exfoliant and cellular booster responsible for keratin regulation resulting in a refining of the epidermis. Licorice extract has been added to the formula to bring a soothing, sedative effect to the skin during this active phase to reduce any irritation potential.
Phase 3 : Rebalancing
Following the peeling phase the skin pH is corrected and calmed with the Rebalancing Balm, a calming emulsion incorporating SOTHYS exclusive patented cosmeceutical H2CR™ active complex to encourage healthy cellular regeneration. The balm also contains allantoin to calm and soothe the skin following the activity of the hydroxyl acids.
Phase 4 : Oxygenate
The final phase is a cooling and Oxygenating Mask containing corn biostimulins rich in nutrients and cell growth factors to encourage cellular oxygenation. A hydra-softening complex containing a natural amino acid is included to soothe and hydrate the tissues with the soft clay mask taking any warmth from the skin… the result is a radiant and energised skin.
What are chemical peels?
Chemical peels are a method of regenerating and resurfacing the skin by inducing a controlled wound to the skin. They remove the top layers skin to help induce collagen remodelling and therefore improve sun-damaged skin, skin pigmentation problems, wrinkles, skin texture, and the overall appearance of the skin. The strength of the chemical peel will determine its depth. Deeper peels will have a greater number of complications and a longer recovery, but also will result in a greater improvement in the skin.
What types of chemical peels are there?
Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) peels
Glycolic and lactic acid peel. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane, and lactic acid is a naturally occuring acid in the body. These peels can be performed at various concentrations to vary the strength of the peel. Their main role is to remove the top layers of the skin and induce new collagen formation. Lactic acid peels are also a form of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). Because lactic acid is a natural human metabolite, there is less chance of an allergic reaction with this type of peel. Alpha-hydroxy acid peels work by removing the top layer of skin cells. These cells often hold surface pigmentation, are responsible for skin unevenness and contribute to fine lines. Each time a patient has a lactic peel these cells are exfoliated away and the skin is forced to generate new cells. A series of these peels increase the efficiency of cell regeneration and remove rough surface cells.
Beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) peels
Salicylic acid is main ingredient found in these peels. These peels are generally used in oilier skins or acne prone skins as they are oil soluble and penetrate deeper in this type of skin environment. Beta-hydroxy acids are generally larger molecules than alpha-hydroxy acids and therefore may not penetrate as deeply in a normal (non-oily) skin environment. For active acne, there may be some post peel purging. As the acid exfoliates away the surface of your skin, it brings clogs you have underneath closer to the top, which may erupt as more active pimples. Salicylic acid works by penetrating the follicles removing trapped oils, dead cells and reducing inflammation within the skin.
Jessner’s peel (a combination peel of salicylic acid, resorcinol, and lactic acid)
This combination peel brings together a combination of alpha and beta hydroxy acids (see above) as well as resorcinol, and the effects of each of these ingredients. Resorcinol is a derivative of phenol ( a very deep peeling agent) and is good for resurfacing the skin. The depth of the peel, which in most cases is superficial, is determined by the number of layers placed on the skin. The skin turns a frosty white colour after treatment for a short time. This peel stimulates the deeper dermis level of the skin and causes new fibroblasts and collagen to develop, puffing out lines and wrinkles caused by ageing. It is also used to treat sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation (melasma) and contributes to the healing of acne.