Posted by Nicola Murray on 12th Aug 2021

Nimue Salon Treatment

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What are the differences between superficial, medium and deep skin peels? What is typically offered in salons?

The depth of peels correlates with the layer/layers of skin which are penetrated during treatment and the level of exfoliation that occurs. In salons we typically see superficial depth peels which can achieve great results with minimal to no downtime. Clients should expect brighter more even skin immediately after a peel. They may experience some redness and mild tingling due to a change in the skins PH during the treatment. Deep peels can remove both dead and living layers of the skin. These do result in downtime and should be carried out by trained professionals only. The result of a peel is most evident one to two weeks after the treatment and the client can expect to see an improvement in tone, texture and brightness of the skin. There will also be an improvement in appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Clients are looking for treatments that deliver results and allow them to carry on with their day to day lives and Nimue’s latest peel, The Smart Resurfacer, is a superficial peel which delivers medium depth results.

Nimue Smart Resurfacer

Nimue Smart Resurfacer Pods

What are the latest developments within the peels sector? How can today's range of products be tailored to clients' individual concerns?

Demand for peels that give results without down time is on the rise and Nimue’s development of an Anhydrous (acid in oil) peel such as The Smart Resurfacer offers maximum stimulation with minimum irritation, incorporating Alpha Lipoic Acid, Pyruvic and Salicylic Acid to treat a variety of skin concerns. Nimue offers five Super Fluids, one for each of the common skin concerns clients are looking to address. These allow salons to customise Nimue peels by adding concentrated fluids such as Retinol for age concerns or Cyanoacrylate which inhibits Tyrone production. Nimue’s Thermal Detox Peel allows clients to have a 30-minute flash treatment, which rejuvenates and deeply cleanses skin for improvement in texture and moisture balance.

Nimue Super Fluids Range

Nimue Super Fluids Range

Which peels/ingredients are most appropriate for treating such issues as sun damaged skin, acne, pigmentation, dry skin, oily skin, and uneven texture/colour of the skin?

A number of peels on the market contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which are great to introduce your clients to. AHAs offer increased rejuvenation and overall improvement in skin health. If a client has a specific goal, skin peels that utilise acids that target the problem will increase the result. Nimue’s SRC (Skin Resurfacing Complex) combines various acids to target specific concerns. For example, SRC Problematic Skin contains Azelaic Acid, which reduces inflammation in acne and rosacea prone skin. Pyruvic Acid targets signs of ageing and pigmentation. How often and which professional treatments are chosen is decided by the professional taking into consideration the time frame, skin concern and skin colour. Clients with naturally darker skin and clients treating hyperpigmented skin may require more space between some treatments. Some genetic traits such as red hair or oily skin can increase likelihood of irritation. Acid tolerance is built up over time, and slow and gradual treatments get best results with minimum irritation. Therapist experience and knowledge is essential to get effective results and ensure client’s safety.

Nimue SRC Problematic Skin Pods

Nimue SRC Problematic Skin Pods

What training is needed? Do you need specific insurance?

Skincare brands that offer peels often require therapist to have a facial care qualification. Specific insurance is also required when offering peels and make sure that any peel-based training is accredited and carried out by a reputable brand. Check with your insurance company beforehand that you will be able to get cover.

Are there any contraindications to this type of treatment? Can all clients benefit?

Contraindications specific to peels and active treatments are similar to general facial care considerations. Therapists should also consider other active treatments that the client may have had such as laser, microdermabrasion or LED light treatments. Over-stimulation of the skin can lead to irritation, but this can be easily avoided when following the treatment protocols correctly.

Almost all clients will see improvement in skin concerns with active treatments such as peels. Clients who may not be suitable are those with very impaired barriers. For clients with high sensitivity, it’s often best to repair their skin slowly and gradually before embarking on active treatments. Nimue offers an interactive range which focuses on barrier repair and increased hydration. 

Find out more about Nimue Skin Technology here.

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