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Do you ever look in the mirror and wish your skin had the glow it once did? It can be easy to think that as your skin ages, a duller complexion is a natural result. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Once we understand what can make our skin dull and lack lustre, we can also realise there are ways to stimulate cell renewal and get back that skin glow, whatever your age!

We’re really excited at Jersey Beauty to be able to share a brand new product with you from Dermalogica that is all about getting that glow. But first, let’s take a look at why you may be experiencing dull skin in the first place.

Why haven’t I got glowing skin?

The first thing to say is that glow we all desire is a sign of healthy skin. So we aren’t trying to create an artificial state for your skin - your skin is meant to be naturally radiant.

So what gets in the way of having glowing skin?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to your skin feeling and looking dull, including:

Sun exposure - we all know that not wearing sunscreen can have an impact on your skin - this can lead to ‘age spots’ or hyperpigmentation, which can make areas look dull. Equally,  UV rays attack your skin’s collagen and elastin so can leave skin feeling and looking saggy and hollow.

Too much oil - if your skin overproduces sebum (oil), it often sits on top of the skin, clogging pores and also capturing dirt, pollutants and dead skin cells - which can give you that dull complexion

Not enough oil - your skin does need the right amount of sebum (oil) to be healthy. As much as oily skin can rob you of your glow, dry skin lacking essential oils can also leaving your skin without that radiance. Overuse of skin care products can cause dry skin as well as natural skin types. 

Stress - stress can have a huge impact on your skin - leading to breakouts and dull skin.

Diet/lifestyle - if you aren't looking after you then it will show on your skin. Lack of sleep and poor diet can lead to breakouts and a dull, tired looking complexion.

Environment/pollutants - every day your skin is exposed to pollutants. When you don’t cleanse your skin deeply, this can cause a buildup that hides your natural radiance.

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What’s the best way to get that ‘skin glow’?

So, if you want your skin to be glowing, you need to get rid of the dead skin cells that are making it dull, restore the natural oil balance and also stimulate cell production. Why?

Skin reflects light - the science behind a glow

Here’s a little tip from science - why does healthy skin glow? Because light is reflected from the skin - this happens when your skin is tight, with good structure and clear of dead skin cells.

Different Types of Exfoliation

In order to get that glow, you need to exfoliate your skin. There are a number of exfoliation methods and as your skin ages it is worth considering chemical exfoliants as well as physical exfoliants as they can be the most effective and provide excellent results.

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What is a physical exfoliant?

We have all likely used physical exfoliants - in body scrubs with rough textures that physically act to scrub away dead skin cells. Whilst this can be beneficial for your face, this type of exfoliation isn’t as deep acting as chemical exfoliants.

Exfoliation Scrubs

Scrubs for the face and body work by using an abrasive ingredient to physically exfoliate the skin. This works from the outside in - getting rid of dead skin cells and oil on the surface of the skin to encourage cell renewal.

What about exfoliation tools?

You can also use brushes and loofahs to physically exfoliate the skin. This works in the same way and also can stimulate circulation and cell renewal.

What is a chemical exfoliant?

Chemical exfoliants contain a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes. The big difference between physical and chemical exfoliants is that while physical exfoliants work from the outside in, chemical exfoliants work from the inside out. Alpha hydroxy acids have small enough molecules to penetrate into the skin and so work to speed up the exfoliation process from the inside.

Masque exfoliants

Companies such as Dermalogica offer masques that are chemical exfoliants - such as Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. This is a smooth cream masque that is applied to skin and left on for ten to fifteen minutes. Its active ingredients include lactic acid and salicylic acid (which are AHAs) that work from the inside out to exfoliate and deeply cleanse the skin.

What is a chemical peel?

The strongest form of exfoliation are often called ‘chemical peels’. They are chemical exfoliators that are stronger than masques and go from at-home to professional options. A peel will have a high concentration of ingredients to be able to work into the deeper layers of the skin, jump-starting the cell turnover.

What kind of peel is right for my skin?

It’s important to say that medium to deep chemical peels should only be done by a professional skin therapist. However, Dermalogica also recognised a gap in provision for their customers - which is why after years of developing high-quality professional-strength peels for use in their treatment rooms, they have now developed their strongest at-home exfoliator - Rapid Reveal Peel.  

This is ideal if you are either new to chemical peels and want to try out an at-home version or have professional peels and want a treatment for inbetween use at home to maintain your healthy, glowing skin.

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Introducing the Rapid Reveal Peel - the best for your skin glow

When it comes to chemical peels, there are two main types of peel agents - keratolytic and proteolytic, which are combined to powerfully exfoliate your skin.

Keratolytic peel agents include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). They work by actually breaking apart the desmosome linkages holding skin cells together, which enables deep exfoliation.

Proteolytic peel agents include enzymes, which work by dissolving or digesting your skin proteins are associated with the desmosome linkages.

Both work together to remove dead cells and to encourage cell turnover.

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What is in Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel?

The Rapid reveal Peel has both keratolytic and proteolytic peel agents.

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Keratolytic agents - these potent active ingredients work to dissolve and remove the

"glue" that holds skin cells together - to enable the removal of dead cells to make way for new cells to be born:

  • Lactic Acid - this is an AHA that is able to penetrate deep into the stratum corneum - there is a concentration of 10% in the Rapid Peel Reveal and a low pH of 3 - making it safe to use at home but also really effective. This ingredient will also stimulate your natural cell turnover and renewal, leaving you with firmer and brighter skin.
  • Australian Caviar Lime Extract - another AHA, this amazing natural ingredient comes from the Caviar Lime, which is native to Australia and New Zealand. It is a source of Citric Acid, which can increase cell turnover in the epidermal layers and can also help with the ‘peel’.
  • Rice Bran Extract - This amazing ingredient is 90% Phytic Acid which makes it a super effective exfoliant working at the lower levels. It not only helps to increase your cell turnover by ungluing cells but also can help with brightening skin, dealing with hyperpigmentation and also scaly skin.
  • Proteolytic agents -these active ingredients, derived from plants, work to unlink your skin cells by digesting proteins - making exfoliation more effective:
  • Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate - this active ingredient is formed in a complicated scientific process, by fermenting Pumpkin Fruit with Lactobacillus Lactis to release complex biomolecules that are then filtered to isolate the enzymes needed. The thing about enzymes is that they are activated by water and aren’t pH dependent. So this Pumpkin enzyme can work to resurface your skin and even up skin tone without causing irritation. It also contains antioxidant Vitamins A and C which are brilliant for boosting your collagen and elastin levels, reducing the appearance of deeper lines and wrinkles.

Rapid Reveal Peel is Dermalogica’s strongest at-home exfoliator - how do you know if it’s right for your skin?

To understand the Rapid Reveal Peel more, let’s look at where it sits in relation to the other Dermalogica exfoliants:

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From this we can see that Rapid Reveal Peel is a highly active exfoliant. It is ideal for those who have used Dermalogica products previously - perhaps one of the exfoliants. It is also designed for mature skin or skin that is prematurely ageing. As we talked about earlier, skin in your early and mid twenties won’t need this level of exfoliation to speed up cell renewal.

How will Rapid Reveal Peel help me to get the best glow for my…

Normal Skin

The Rapid Reveal Peel will work into the deeper layers of your skin, encouraging cell turnover to restore collagen and elastin and to get rid of the dead cells on the surface.

Oily and combination?

When you have oily skin, the excess oil produced sits on the surface and also clogs pores, capturing dead skin cells. This Peel will exfoliate the pores and will also make them appear tighter, by getting deeper into the layers of skin to cleanse and clear out dead cells and dirt.

Dry and ageing skin?

Whereas a lot of chemical peels are a really low pH, the Rapid Reveal Peel combines AHAs and enzymes to be able to offer the same level of results but without stripping your skin of moisture. This makes it a great choice for dry skin as it can restore balance and collagen and elastin production but without stripping the skin of further oil.

What about my dry, sensitive and fair skin?

If you have truly sensitive skin then the Rapid Reveal Peel is not a good choice for your skin. Equally if you have never used an exfoliator before we wouldn’t recommend you start with this one! It is an active exfoliator that has strong ingredients. We would recommend choosing a lower bioactive level exfoliator from the chart and working up to this one.

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Does this replace the need for a professional skin peel?

If you have been considering visiting a skin care professional for a chemical peel, or have previously had that treatment, you may be wondering if this replaces the need for professional peels. Whilst the Rapid Reveal Peel is the strongest at-home exfoliator offered by Dermalogica it isn’t as potent as the professional peels offered by Dermalogica therapists. We would recommend you consider a combination or that you start with this peel, if you have never had  a professional chemical peel.

How Do I Use Rapid Reveal Peel?

Rapid Reveal is an at home peel

In the beautiful travel bag that your supply will come in you will have ten individual treatments. You should massage the peel over your face, then allow it to activate for between 3-7 minutes. It’s totally normal to experience some mild tingling as it gets to work.

You should then rinse with cold water or you can wipe off the peel gently with a cold, damp towel. There’s no need for any exfoliation brushes or scrubbing.

You should then follow up with your moisturiser as usual.

As it is an active peel, we recommended you use it in the evening as it can give your skin extra sensitivity to the sun.

This is an at home peel so it can take up to 8 weeks to see the best results.

How often should I use Rapid Reveal Peel?

Dermalogica recommend using this product once a week. If you want to kickstart the process, you can use the Peel three days running at the start, then go to each week. This is only recommended if you have used exfoliators regularly before.

Get Your Hands On Rapid Reveal Peel Today at Jersey Beauty

Rapid Reveal Peel is the strongest and safest at-home peel available. We’d love for you to try it and see the results for yourself! Get back that skin glow - take the first step today.

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