Beauty: exfoliators v peels

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When it comes to more intensive beauty treatments do you know what’s best for boosting your complexion? Royal facialist and founder of Heaven Skincare Deborah Mitchell explains the key products we need in our arsenal.

Your skin is constantly shedding dead cells to make way for new ones to come to the surface; however as we get older this process begins to slow down so it’s important to give mother nature a helping hand.

An exfoliator works on the upper layer of your skin and can be used as part of your daily routine to improve texture. It will scuff away the dead cells and clear your pores to leave your complexion looking more radiant and feeling healthier.

By exfoliating regularly you also speed up the skin’s natural healing process, restoring clarity and lightening pigmentation; skip this vital step and you’ll risk breakouts, blackheads and dryness.

If you have oily skin you may find you need to exfoliate more than someone who has dry skin – the oilier your skin the harder it is to shed dead cells naturally. You should also do it in the evening rather than in the morning because your complexion is more effective at rebalancing its natural pH level at night.

A peel, on the other hand, gets deeper into your skin to reveal the healthy layer beneath – they are great if you are looking for that next level of skincare at home. You can use these once a week but please remember to read the instructions as there will be a time limit you can leave it on your face. If you’re unsure of using one yourself, then book a peel treatment at your favourite salon instead.

You can shop Deborah’s complete range exclusively online at You’ll also find her luxury salons in Shifnal and Harvey Nichols Birmingham.


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