If you’re looking in the mirror this morning and feel horrified at your dull, dry wintery skin, a chemical peel is calling your name.
It will give you a fresh Spring glow that takes less time than a visit to your hairstylist and is a perfect way to celebrate the end of winter gloom.
But if it’s not a laser, is it worth the hype?
In the 90s, chemical peels were common, which may give you the impression that they’re outdated and blasé. And yes, there are some incredible treatments available in our medi spa right now, like the new Clear and Brilliant, a mini Fraxel treatment with less downtime, but chemical peel popularity, belief or not, is on the rise.
What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?
First, your time is important, and a chemical peel can be done in as little as 20 minutes. Once you’re done, you can leave our spa looking radiant and not have to hide in your house for days. You can even sit down for a lunch meeting soon after or attend a charity event later that same night.
Next, chemical peels are extraordinarily versatile. They treat many different skin conditions, like hyperpigmentation, discoloration, acne scars, sun damage, melisma, fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging by refining the upper layer of your epidermis.
How Does a Chemical Peel Work?
Chemical peels are non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments where an acid-based chemical solution is applied to your skin and causes a controlled superficial wound to the upper layer of your skin. The ‘wound’, or damage, causes your body to naturally shed, or peel – as the name suggests, dead, dull, and dry skin, then heal by regenerating with healthier younger looking skin cells at a faster rate than it normally would, improving your skin’s appearance. Depending on the results you want, we will suggest a light, medium, or deep chemical peel treatment.
It’s important to note that some people are more sensitive to skin treatments, like chemical peels, and may require time to heal. A chemical peel treatment is designed to shed dead skin cells, so your skin will peel over a few days, or a week; however, the results are worth it! Also, chemical peels are considered much safer now than in the 90s and are less likely to leave skin feeling “raw”, or to blister, like Sam’s on that episode of Sex and the City. Yikes!!!
You MUST remember to wear a good quality physical SPF, like the AlumierMD sunscreen line we carry in our medical spa, after your chemical peel treatment.
Chemical Peels Have Wonderful Anti-Aging Benefits Too
You might not realize this, but thanks to recent advances in chemical peel products, and anti-aging science, of course, some peel products help deposit skin-healing ingredients into the skin, such as collagen, that can reduce lines and help improve tone. An amazing line that does this is Biologique Recherche, a luxuriously pure and all-natural skincare line we love and use. After the top layer of your skin sheds following a quality chemical peel treatment, cells begin to increase collagen production and make more hyaluronic acid, both of which have anti-aging effects.
What Ingredients Are Used in Chemical Peels?
Every skincare brand we use scientifically produces unique combinations of ingredients to achieve optimal results. We use a few different skincare lines based on our client’s needs and wants, like the ultra-pure Biologique Recherche line from France and AlumierMD, which we love for its medical-grade quality.
In general, however, common ingredients used in chemical peels include:
- Retinoids (tretinoin with propylene glycol solution)
- Beta-hydroxy acids (salicylic acid)
- Alpha-hydroxy acids (lactic acid and glycolic acid)
- Phenol (carbolic acid)
What Can You Expect After a Chemical Peel?
Besides a week of peeling and having to be extra cautious in the sun, you can expect tighter, smoother, radiant-looking skin.
We must mention that chemical peels do not provide dramatic, immediate changes. Improvements are progressive, meaning you will need a series of treatments every few weeks or months, based on your skin type, issues, and desired results. Over time, however, you will see improvements such as minimized pores, fewer wrinkles, and a balanced complexion with minimal discoloration. Chemical peels are recommended every 3 to 4 weeks to regularly maintain and fight the signs of aging in your face.
Quick Overview of the Benefits of a Chemical Peel Treatment
- Tighter, firmer-looking skin
- Removal of damaged, dead, dull, and dry skin cells on the surface of your skin
- Reduces acne by forcing your skin to purge itself of bacteria
- Increases the performance of antibodies in your skin
- Refines pores by making them tighten to appear smaller
- Promotes collagen production, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Enhances the absorption of skincare products by allowing them to penetrate quickly thus increasing efficiency
- Reduces discoloration for a more even tone and complexion
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