As bluebirds sing and golden daffodils herald Spring, there’s no better time to slough away your old, dull or blemished shells and start afresh with a bright, clear complexion. No matter what your skin concerns are, when there’s a peel, there’s a way.
DRY, DULL SKIN
DIY HOME PEEL: CINNAMON YOGURT PEEL
The dream team: (1) Yogurt (the natural source of lactic acid) that does double duty of exfoliating dull, dead surface cells that have built up all winter and boosting skin’s ability to hold on to moisture simultaneously; (2) honey to moisturise and nourish skin for healing and age-fighting; (3) cinnamon to improve skin’s microcirculation, will trigger a bloom of healthy glow in blotchy, dehydrated, hibernating winter skin.
Simply mix the ingredients in a glass bowl into a soft paste. Gently massage the paste onto damp, freshly cleansed skin. Leave it on for 2 to 3 minutes, before rinsing off.
PRO PEEL: CLASSIC EPICUREN FACIAL
Nestled in the heart of the city, this luxe beauty oasis is the perfect place to zip into for a complexion CPR. A red carpet favourite amongst Hollywood A-listers, the Classic Epicuren resuscitates parched, fatigued or aged skin with an invigorating glycolic hot mask to get the sluggish micro-circulation and skin turnover going. A series of firming, revitalising and calming masks immediately follow to take advantage of the increased skin permeability to moisturise, nourish, rev up cellular metabolism and boost skin elasticity with the legendary Epicuren metadermabolic enzymes (also known lovingly by those in the know as “Liquid Gold”) for an instant jolt of energetic glow and a youthful bounce back.
S$200. Find this at The Sloane Clinic Citysphere branch, #03-01 Chevron House, Raffles Place. Tel: 6533 2522.
PEACH FUZZ, PLUS-SIZED PORES
DIY HOME PEEL: MILK GELATIN PORE PEEL
Two ingredients that might be sitting in your kitchen for instant silky smooth skin? Illuminate our way! This home hybrid of a Biore nose stripper x facial hair wax is gentle enough for the entire face to achieve baby bottom smoothness.
Mix the milk and gelatin well to get a chunky dough. Pop that into the microwave for 10 seconds to liquify it. First point to note: Allow the liquid to cool for a few seconds before quickly applying a layer with a clean brush (wait too long and it’ll harden out). Second key point: Stay away from your brows! Third point: Try not to take a deep whiff during application (let’s just say it’s definitely not aromatherapy spa stuff). Peel the dried mask off for a digustingly gratifying sheet filled with fine hairs and blackheads that have been choking up and magnifying your pores.
PRO PEEL: SUGAR THERAPEUTICS TREATMENT
This 30-minute facial treatment begins with a a natural sugar peel, which acts as a gentle (and less painful) form of waxing that sinks into pores to uproot unwanted downy hairs, along with pore-plugging dead cells and grime – all of which tend to accentuate the appearance of open pores. A facial mask to brighten and calm the skin follows, before Cryo Stamp is used to permeate skin-bettering actives to get skin spiffy in a jiffy.
S$158. Find this at IDS Clinic, #05-07 Novena Medical Centre. Tel: 65683555.
UNEVEN SKIN TONE, PIMPLE MARKS
DIY HOME PEEL: CITRUS PEEL MASK
Lemons are rich in citric acid (an AHA) which is a natural exfoliator and lightener, as well as powerful antioxidants to fend skin from melanin-inducing environmental damage. Besides being a symbol of Spring and new beginnings, eggs are Nature’s gift for those in urgent need of pore-toning and line-smoothening, too. Combine these with skin-conditioning sour cream, and a fairer, more even-toned and refined complexion is made in your kitchen. This mask is especially good for combination to oily acne-prone skin as the weather warms up.
Beat the egg white in a glass bowl until it is fluffy. Mix the sour cream with the grapefruit and lemon juice together. Add the mixture to the egg white then apply it to a clean face. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.
PRO PEEL: GLAMOUR PEEL
Whether you’re spotted by uneven pigmentation or bewildered by a bout of adult acne and its accompanying brown marks, this peel has all the “bright” stuff to get you ready for Spring’s bare face trend. A customised combination of professional peels is used to lighten stubborn spots, balance sebum production and clear congested pores for an uniform, zit-free clarity in every skin tone from ivory to ebony, while tackling skin ageing by promoting collagen regrowth. End off with an oxygenating mask and infusion of skin-healing concentrates to re-emerge with maximum glow and confidence.
S$300. Find this at The Sloane Clinic, #03-14A ION Orchard. Tel: 6509 8108
– By Magdeleine Lim