Do you want to see what a facial peel looks like?

Yesterday I went for a facial peel. I had a half price voucher, and a big face, so I figured it was a double bargain.

Personal grooming-wise, I am about as low maintenance as you can get without being a cadaver. And yet I still find all that stuff fascinating, and like to read BritishBeautyBlogger to see what the latest beauty releases are. Not that I intend to buy any of it, but you never know when you’ll be in a pub quiz with a round on the latest colours to paint your toes.

I nearly didn’t turn up for my face peel. In the week between making the appointment and showing up for it, the company sent me reminders in the shape of a letter in the post; an email; a text; and a phone call. Also they’d given me a little card with the details written down. Blimey guys, insecure much? If you were a boyfriend you’d be dumped for neediness.

The glycolic peel treatment consists of some kind of fruit acidy stuff which gets applied to your face, left for five minutes, then removed with bicarbonate of soda. Apparently glycolic acid can also be used for rust removal. And bicarb can be used to clean the sink. And you’re rubbing that stuff in my face? Is that wise?

So this was me yesterday morning before I had the face peel:

facial peel before






And this was me about half an hour after the treatment:

facial peel after






Apart from a bit of pinkness and shine, there’s not a whole lickety split of difference. I can feel a difference though. My face is much smoother, and I’m thinking of renting it out as a ski slope for ladybirds.

As a big fan of the John Woo film Face/Off, I was disappointed that no lasers were involved, nor did my normal face get swapped with that of an international villain. There was no smell of burning flesh, so I did not get to jump up shouting “Jesus Christ my face is on fire” like I was planning to. Still, not bad at all. Looking good for 65.

  • Cesar Vargas

    I actually think that your face looked brighter and healthier from the peel. Additionally, since it is a low level peel it is gentler on the skin and safer. you look great.

  • Thank you very much Cesar! I was pleased with it, I think I’d have it done again. I did genuinely think that my face would end up looking far scarier, so I thought it was worth showing that this is not the case.

    I should point out that I am not actually 65.

  • Thank you also. Glad to hear that baring my big stupid face is of use.

  • Joanne Mallon

    That sounds like a good tip Eddie, but I would be wary of forgetting and leaving it on too long and ending up with no face.

  • Eddie2

    After having spent $150 a pop for glycolic peels at a doctor’s office, I decided to try Made from Earth’s Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub.

    Two weeks prior to my office peels, the aesthetician instructed me to use a glycolic face wash (Made from Earth brand, the best!) for two weeks prior in order to get my skin prepped and used to the lower level of glycolic acid.

    I left on the Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub for only 3 minutes, and when I splashed my face off with the sinkful of water, I could feel that this was a deeper peel than I had received at the doctors’.

    The next day, I could see that my skin looked better, but was tight and dry. Very happy with the results! Also, I barely put a dent in the bottle; for under $30, I will be saving well over $1,000 in doctor’s office peels.