Which Chemical Peel Treatment is Best for Your Skin?

When it comes to rejuvenating your skin and making it look younger than ever before, nothing can quite top chemical peel treatments in terms of ease and effectivity. Plus, despite the fact that the word ‘chemical’ has a lot of negative connotations to it, chemical peels are actually completely safe.

However, there are a few considerations that you should think about before booking a makeover deal with a bundled chemical peel treatment. To make sure that the chemical peel with bring out your skin’s best qualities, you need to get to know your options better. Here are some of the most common chemical peel treatments offered by dermatological clinics and beauty centers:

Glycolic Peel. This particular type of chemical peel involves glycolic acid, which is obtained from sugarcane plants. Glycolic acid has a very small molecular size, and as such can really penetrate deep into the skin, making this particular chemical peel great for exfoliation and rejuvenation. Depending on the result you desire, you may want to ask for a glycolic peel that is gentler or a bit more intense than usual.
Lactic Peel. The chemicals used in lactic peel treatment are derived from milk, making it perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. If you’re the type to easily get skin allergies or have adverse reactions to active ingredients, the lactic chemical peel treatment should be the peel for you.
Vitalize Peel. This chemical peel treatment involves the use of citric, lactic, and salicylic acids – along with the help of a retinol layer – to improve the quality and lighten the color of your skin. This only affects the uppermost part of your skin and results in very little peeling, making it a great ‘beginner peel’ treatment for those who may have not undertaken any chemical peels in the past.
Beta Peel. Beta peel chemical treatments are used mainly to treat serious cases of acne in children and adults. Its main component, salicylic acid, exfoliates the skin and helps with oil control while also targeting the bacteria that cause acne.
Pigment Balancing Peel. This chemical peel treatment focuses on lightening the pigmentation of the skin for a more consistent skin tone and to eliminate dark or brown spots. Those who choose to undertake this particular peel must be aware that the results may take some time to truly be realized. It also requires the patient to use sunscreen to achieve the desired effect.
Mandelic Peel. This is another type of peel that is advisable for those who have yet to experience a chemical peel treatment, due to its use of gentler but still effective chemical components. It’s also advisable for those with skin conditions such as rosacea, or with dark-colored skin.
TCA Peel. This is a medium strength chemical peel treatment designed to target multiple skin conditions such as extreme skin discoloration and actinic keratosis. The trichloroacetic acid component used in this particular peelmakes it great for removing abnormal skin cells.

Now that we know some of the more common types of peels there are, how do you know which one is the best for you? While you can certainly do your own research and consult your fellow skincare enthusiasts, nothing beats a consultation with a licensed professional dermatologist or skin care expert to help you pick out the right one for you. Before booking a chemical peel treatment, let the professionals know what your goals for your skin are and if you have skin conditions that need to be addressed. Remember, this is your skin we’re talking about – there shouldn’t be any guesswork involved when it comes to taking care of it.


Make-Up: Beauty Essential or Social Norm?

The other day, I was looking in the mirror (Husband thinks I’m vain. He’s probably right) and assessing my facial features. I’d just taken my make-up off using one of those cloths that are pre-impregnated with cleanser and I was a little bit shocked by the amount of product that was left on the cloth after. I don’t think I wear a huge amount, in comparison to a lot of other women I see, and on lazy days I forego it altogether. Not because I’m so flawless that I can go without, simply because I often can’t be bothered.

It got me to thinking about what make-up actually does. I wear foundation to even my skin-tone, mascara to enhance my eyes and a bit of bronzer on my cheeks for colour and definition. If I’m on a rare night out, I’ll go a bit heavier on the eyes with some eye shadow and eye liner, but still nothing too drastic. But the destination for my ever-roaming train of thought was this:

Does make-up genuinely enhance our features or is it just social programming that makes us think that it does?

Why do I think that my eyelashes look better with black paint on them? Why do we believe that an even skin tone is better than a natural one? Why are shiny lips so coveted?

So, I thought I’d do a comparison:

make up comparison

I definitely look more tired in the photo without glasses and make up and possibly slightly older. The make up in the photos is fairly subtle and to be fair, both were taken on days when my rosacea was very mild, so on a bad day the foundation does a lot to cover that up, although I’m still in search of the perfect product to help me in that area. I’ve been swimming today and this is what my cheeks look like after a session in the pool:

I suppose what I’m trying to get at is this: I don’t know if make-up really makes me look better or if my idea of ‘better’ is just a socially accepted norm of women sporting painted faces.

We don’t expect men to wear make up and they aren’t considered less beautiful if their eyes and cheeks aren’t defined with cosmetics (although I did recently have a rather candid conversation with my Husband about how I don’t find Jason Momoa in the least bit attractive, but I think he’s a lot better looking in costume as Khal Drogo, who wears eyeliner!).

Historically speaking, make-up was a sign of wealth and status in many cultures; women and men painted their faces white to signify that they didn’t do manual labour or work on the land and therefore weren’t coloured by the sun, and the trend obviously continued in a watered-down fashion, which is my point about social programming. Female faces now look naked to us when not made-up.

So, what do you think? Better with or without? I challenge you to post a with and without photo of your own and try to make a measured decision about whether make up makes you look better and why. I’d be genuinely interested to hear everyone’s thoughts and if you’re male I’d be especially interested to hear what you think on this topic.

All About ME! · Style

Mummy’s Make Up

EDIT: Although I started by tagging people, it’s just so flippin’ fun that I want everyone who wants to join in to be able to, without having to wait to be tagged, so if this takes your fancy get involved and tweet me the results! (@jaynecrammond)

Sausage decided this morning that she wanted to pretend to give me a make-over and I thought “what the heck!” and gave her free reign over my actual make up. These are the results…(click twice to enlarge the pic)

Despite encouraging Sausage to add as much as she like, she was actually quite muted…I expected to look like a clown! Her blending skills leave something to be desired and I got poked in the eyeball with a mascara wand but I think she’s done well, all things considered.

So, now it’s a challenge!

I’m going to tag some other bloggers who have to let their kids loose on them with the contents of their make up bags! The rules are:

  • You must offer them everything you have in your bag (except scissors or eyelash curlers, obviously!)
  • You must not influence colours or products being used
  • You must not help with technique
  • The photo you take after must be unedited and you cannot do any blending or adding before snapping

So, who are my victims participants going to be?

Well, I’ve actually had a slew of willing volunteers who want to get involved, so it’s over to you, ladies:

Minty from Waterbirth Please

Susanne from Ghostwriter Mummy

Laura from The Mummy Life

Lauren from The Real Housewife of Suffolk County

Maggie from Life at the Zoo

Fi from Childcare is Fun

Sian from The Yummy Mummy

Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings

Nickie from I Am Typecast

I cannot wait  to see the results!

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Mum’s the Word’s First Vlog and GOSH Nail Glitters Giveaway

I’ve done some vlogging for other sites recently, but when I was asked to test out the new Nail Glitters from GOSH, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a video, right here on Mum’s the Word!

(For some inexplicable reason, I’ve decided not to film my forehead…it’s a perfectly normal forehead, I just didn’t angle the camera very well. Better luck next time!)



So, now for the good bit! I’ve got FIVE FULL SETS of the GOSH Nail Glitters to give away to five lucky readers, all you need to do is comment below, letting me know why you’d like to win. Obviously I can’t tell you to go and like their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter, but if you feel like going over there, go for it and don’t forget to tell them who sent you.

Winners will be chosen at random at midday on 29th September 2011 and will be notified via email, so don’t forget to leave me a way of contacting you in your comment.

All of the usual disclaimers, opinions are my own, didn’t receive any money just some free sparklies, yada yada yada.