Are Peels As Scary As They Seem?
A popular service I provide before and after the summer months is chemical peels. A lot of people are very nervous about giving chemical peels a try, and for good reason! There are many types of peels varying in the type of acid and how deep the peel penetrates. Chemical peels do not have to be scary as long as you are seeing a professional whom you trust knows your skin. Let’s breakdown what the peels entail and whether or not it is right for you.
There are 3 categories of peels: superficial, mid-range, and deep peels. Deep peels are performed by medical professionals only. They penetrate below the epidermis, which is the top layer of your skin, and tend to be more intense. As an esthetician, I would only be performing superficial and mid-range peels which penetrate the epidermis and the sweet spot where the epidermis and dermis meet.
Type of Acids
Many women are scared of the word “acid”, but most of the acids used (especially in Image Skincare) are naturally derived. Here’s a breakdown of where each acid comes from:
Glycolic Acid- an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from cane sugar
Salicylic Acid- a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) derived from willow bark
Lactic Acid- an AHA derived from milk
Kojic Acid- derived from mushrooms
Vitamin C- derived from citrus fruits
Malic Acid- AHA derived from apples
Tartaric Acid- AHA derived from grapes
Each of these acids provide some help in skincare such as lightening, resurfacing (helping with skin texture), building collagen, fighting free radicals and irritation.
Image Skincare Couture Peels
Dermasweet offers Couture Peels that are customized to your skin. Most of the peels are not just acid. Instead, the acids work with other ingredients to help penetrate the skin effectively while using ingredients to give you a well rounded treatment; ingredients such as biopeptides and plant stem cells. Each peel offers an exfoliator (the acid), a brightening complex, protection complex, detox complex, and energy complex (cell renewal). Most are presented in an organic aloe vera base.
How Do I Know If A Peel Is Right For Me?
Almost everyone can benefit from a peel- whether it’s an enzyme peel (great for darker skin tones, teens, and pregnancy) or a chemical peel (great for lightening, wrinkles, acne, redness/rosacea and texture).
Will I Peel?
Whether your skin is dry/flaky depends on your skin and the condition it’s in. Some clients will have flakiness the first time, some have it after 4 sessions, and some not at all. It’s important to know that it is a possibility it’ll happen, but if it doesn’t, that does not mean the peel isn’t working. You will still see improvements in the skin because the ingredients are working underneath, you’re just not getting that physical exfoliation.
Where Do I Start?
Most professionals will have you work up to a chemical peel. We have to condition your skin so the product can penetrate properly without over-treating or damaging the skin. During your consultation you will discuss your skin concerns and from there, a regimen will be set in place.
Have you ever tried a chemical peel? What was your experience like? Are you interested in giving it a try? Come in for a custom facial so we can get to know your skin care concerns and needs!