Does your skin feel dry, rough or dehydrated?
Does it feel like no matter how many creams you put on the face it just doesn’t look or feel right?
Spending so much money and still not getting the skin where you want it to be?
Are you thinking about having a peel but don’t know what it entails?
Here is what you should know about skin peels aka skin facials aka resurfacing treatment.
There was a time when skin peels were only medium depth and deep peels, they use to eat away the top skin layers causing a new wound healing process to kick in and hence the long downtime. Women in that era had time to stay indoors. The modern women doesn’t have time to stay indoors so it’s the lunch time peel which is trending now.
Q1) Why you should have them?
The skin peels are used to exfoliate the skin and take away all the dry and dead skin giving way to and stimulating the new cell growth and collagen production.
They improve the skin texture and firmness thereby reducing the lines and wrinkles and can also help with acne, rosacea and even out the pigmentations.
Makes sense? Who doesn’t want a baby face…. right!
Q2) Who needs them?
Basically everyone needs one. Because we are all ageing, right? And also we all have some skin issue we would like to tackle right? Pores, acne, redness, rosacea are some of them.
Q3) What does it involve?
It involves a full skin assessment followed by a deep cleanse first. After that a chemical is applied with a brush, which is either a self neutralising peel or one which needs neutralising after. Deep moisture mask depending on your skin issues is also applied. After this an SPF is applied and you are on your way home with a post procedure kit.
Q4) Will, I be able to go out immediately? And what else do I need to know?
Yes, you can go out immediately but if you are planning to go out for an event best to have this at least 1-2 weeks before. The reason being your skin will look at its best after 2-weeks. Also it’s best to have 4-6 peels to see the best results. These can be every 2-3 weeks in acne and rosacea but every 4-6 weeks for anti ageing and pigmentation.
On a daily basis as long as you apply a physical sunscreen daily and avoid anything that makes your skin to get too hot for 3-5 days you are fine and don’t forget to use the the kit provided by your skincare consultant.
Avoid direct sun, strenuous exercise or work and alcohol for 2-3 days. Generally best to also avoid any home retinol, exfoliator for three to five days depending upon skin sensitivity.
Q5) What happens after the peel?
The skin usually gets a bit flaky, feels tight and sometimes can feel a bit irritated but that is the desired action rather then reaction. You will invariably come home with a post procedure kit to use for the first 5-7 days.
Avoid any Microneedling, dermabrasion or any other form of resurfacing treatments for 2 weeks before and after. Also waxing bleaching, depilatory creams and laser hair removals should be avoided during this 4 week interval ( 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after)
Q6)What ingredients are used in chemical peels?
Most commonly used once are lactic acid, glycolic acid, TCA and retinol. Also malic acid, mandelic and tartaric acid. These are all derived from things like milk, sugar, apple pear and almonds etc.
There is no one size fits all so you will need an in-depth skin analysis and understands how your skin reacts.You should have time to chat about your areas of concern and accordingly address the issue.
Q6) Any side effects?
As discussed above, generally there is a bit of flaking, redness, irritation and tightness but this is the desired effect as oppose to a reaction. But skin pigmentation can occur if you have darker skin. Choosing the right skincare practitioner who is trained is the key.
Best results are gradual and progressive over multiple sittings.
Everyone’s skin is different and even for the time of the month and time of the year your skin can differ in the response.
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