Sounds daunting doesn't it? Everyone has that friend that had a chemical peel once and her skin burned and shed for seven days and everyone in your friend group swore off the dreaded chemical peel. Well I am here to convince you to give it another go because it is something we all should start embracing as a pathway to smoother, brighter skin, that can be done in as little as thirty minutes (hello lunchtime facial!) and with no downtime. Studies show that our skin starts aging somewhere in our mid twenties(!!!), so this treatment can be for everyone.
So what exactly is a chemical peel?
The two chemical peels we use at Rob Rivers The Salon & Spa are a Glycolic-Lactic blend derived from sugar cane and milk and a Salicylic-Mandelic blend derived from willow tree extract and almonds. Both are light acid peels, at 30% concentration, meaning the side effects after treatment are minimal. You can achieve the same results as a deep chemical peel, without the downtime, major peeling, and discomfort that comes along with it, by doing these peels in a series.
How does a chemical peel work?
A chemical peel breaks down the outermost layer of skin, dissolving sebum and other substances that bind cells together. It then penetrates into the deeper layers of your skin, treating a variety of issues we will discuss below. Dead skin is then sloughed off, revealing smoother, brighter skin.
Benefits of a Chemical Peel...
A chemical peel treats a variety of skin issues, and your Esthetician will prescribe and use whichever she finds will suit your needs best. A quick overview of what it can do for you and conditions a chemical peel is able to treat...
It can transfer water molecules from the air into the skin tissue, replenishing any lost moisture.
It assists in the production of collagen and elastin in your skin by ramping up cell turnover. As we age, the production of collagen (the protein which acts as scaffolding to the skin) and elastin (the substance that gives our skin bounce and enables it to spring back into place) slows. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly or effectively, so the chemical peel will increase the rate at which our cells turn over, just as it did when we were younger.
Thin, crepey skin
Helps calm down inflammation caused by acne
Deep winkles (with a series of treatments)
Uneven pigmentation (we are looking at you Melasma!)
Are you convinced yet? Because I am! Keep your eyes peeled (haha - pun intended) for our next blog post, which will feature a live demonstration of a Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peel treatment with one of our Master Estheticians, as well as a before and after of their results. We can't wait to share what we know and love, and set you on a path to beautiful skin.