Skoah has been around in Calgary for a few years now. I have tried out many of their products and facials before. I use to have a membership where I was able to go for a facials every 1-2 months (depending on the facial) for a discounted price. Although I loved the facials treatments, I found that the facials themselves weren't doing enough for my skin, and have since switched over to chemical peels. When I heard about the new target sessions they were offering including a 'peel' session, I was ecstatic to try it out.
Facts about my skin:
Skin tone: Olive tone
Skin type: Oily and acne prone
Problems: Occasional breakouts on the chin and cheeks, acne scars, large pores in the t-zone, an oily t-zone, and the odd wrinkle.
The Service: Peel Facial($50 CDN)
"intense and concentrated glycolic acid peel. This deep exfoliation helps treat dark spots, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Great to help erase sun damage, and to brighten and improve skin's clarity. You'll leave with super smooth skin. It will continue to work post treatment. Sun exposure should be avoided for several days after. Treatment is not recommended more than once every 3 months" (source: Skoah)
The treatment itself lasts about a half hour (shorter than their usual facials)
My Experience: Peel Facial
The treatment itself began with the esthetician cleansing my face, and then applying the glycolic solution on my face using gloves. Once applied, the solution remained on my face for a few minutes. I did not feel different sensation (or tingling) during the treatment - which was surprising as previous peels I've tried elsewhere you can feel the peel working. Meanwhile we waited for the peel to do it's magic, I got scalp massage (I had a choice between a scalp, or an arm massage). After a few minutes the solution was washed off my face, and the esthetician applied moisturizer to my face.
After the treatment I met the esthetician at the front of the store where she recommended me a cream cleanser, and a toner with glycolic acid to continue the exfoliation process. I decided to only pick up a travel size of the cleanser, just in case I needed it. I also picked up a full size of the glycolic toner (see my haul here).
Results that day: Right after my treatment my skin looked the same, and did not look irritated - which I was happy about. That night I used the creamy cleanser and the toner I purchased. With my experience with other chemical peels I was expecting my skin to feel a little more "renewed" and a little tight from the peel. After the peel, my skin did not feel much different.
Results after a week: After a week, my skin did not feel any different, or look any different than prior to the peel. I have had better results from other chemical peels that I have tried with my local cosmetic esthetician . I also did not need to continue to use the cream cleanser - I only continued to use the toner to keep my skin exfoliated. As I did not see an overall improvement on my skin, I decided to opt out of the recommended "follow-up facial" four weeks after the treatment. Overall, if you are new to chemical peels, or you have sensitive skin, this would be good peel to introduce your skin to. For those who have tried professional peels before, you can skip this one.
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