I have devised a two step approach to deal with my hormonal zits/weekend gluttony (crisps, chocolates)/unclean makeup brushes 😦
Pre-cursor to this blog post:
- I have used Pixi Glow Tonic (for quite a long time) and hence my skin is used to a 5% glycolic.
- I have PATCH TESTED the peels (depicted in the picture) to make sure I am not allergic to any.
- I use a SPF 50 (Biore SPF 50) come rain / sun.
- I try and eat a healthy diet.
- I double-cleanse religiously.
- I am not a doctor/esthe/nutritionist.
- I am still learning a lot about my body and the skin. 🙂
The last 6 months have been an eye-opener for me, in terms of my skin and health in general. In spite of regularly chugging green smoothies/having a healthy lifestyle I have realized that stress and hormones have played a major role in making me consider a revamp in my skincare.
The Bravura London acid peel set has helped me immensely.
There is a lot of literature on how the 3 acids work. Instead of getting into the actual science of how the acids work, I have decided to write the steps in which I elaborate on how I actually use them.
- Bravura London 2% salicylic acid peel: I use this oil soluble acid peel when I KNOW FOR SURE there is a zit under the skin (waiting to pop up), when the zit (that escaped my attention) has popped on the skin, when the zit is RED and inflamed, when the zit has developed a whitehead and need a bit of coaxing to break,when the zit has grown into a monster!!!! The salicylic acid peel works in every one of the above situations. I tend to use these on consecutive days (especially when I have spots). If I do not have zits I use this on alternate days. It is incredibly GENTLE ,EFFECTIVE and SLIGHTLY DRYING. I always use hydrating facial oils post a salicylic peel.
- Bravura London 10% glycolic acid peel: I use this in the aftermath of healed inflammation. I use it primarily to target PIH. It is incredibly GENTLE and EFFECTIVE. It is everything that you would want in a facial : glow, softness. It has the smallest molecule of the lot, hence it penetrates deeper and works harder at getting those scars vanquished!
- Bravura London 10% lactic acid peel: This has a similar function to that of glycolic acid. I love to use it on days when my skin needs that Lupita Nyongo glow 😀
- Some people are particularly allergic to Lactic acid, so it would be advisable to do a patch test before using it.
- I alternate between the Lactic and Glycolic when I am not particularly battling zits. I sometimes use a glycolic/lactic for non-zit areas + salicylic for the zits in the same evening routine.
- I use all the acid peels as SERUMS i.e I do not wash it off(a trick I picked up from Arly 🙂 http://www.detailorientedbeauty.com) because all the acid peels are extremely gentle and non-irritating.
- HOWEVER, Amanda (from Bravura London) doesn’t advise the use of these acid peels as a serum. She suggests washing it off and layering a moisturizer on top. It is advisable to use this by following the instructions and EXERCISING CAUTION!
- I have kind of figured it out as to how my skin will react so I have taken the liberty to bend the rules.
- I did not experience a burning sensation (which is obviously a great sign). However, I did experience the tingle initially which is common with an acid peel.
- I am very cautious on how much I use & how often I use it.
- I usually include these in my evening routine.
- I always use an SPF (even in this dreary London weather).
- It has been worth every penny.
- I do however believe that these acid peels can just help with the external appearance. These cannot replace a healthy diet/exercise. I am still working on getting my hormonal balance right.
- Amanda Wales (the genius behind the brand) has a great website explaining the methods in which to use the peels.
- The acid peels are affordable.
- The website ships internationally.
When the monster zit takes time to heal and doesn’t look like it is going to back down, I use the Aztec clay mask mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar first (I leave it on the zit for an hour or so). After I wash off the clay, I use the salicylic acid peel as a serum. The clay mask dries off the oily zit and the salicylic acid extracts the remaining oil from the zit! (Pardon, my layman terms 😀 ) I repeat the clay mask followed by the salicylic serum every day till the zit is obliterated.
The clay mask + salicylic acid combination has worked as a charm for zits that threaten to grow into cysts/massive pimples.
(I hope my readers read this blog post carefully before jumping the bandwagon and buying the peels. I reiterate again: It is advisable to use this by following the instructions and EXERCISING CAUTION!)