It is that time of year again – pumpkin will soon be in the air and before we know it so will the sparkle and glitter of the holidays. Be ready to hit those parties in style with radiant skin. Let your natural beauty shine through this season with our Chemical Peel Series.
You might wonder why you need one and how it works! Well, Raspberry Moon has the answers, so check out our educational piece below that we originally wrote for our September 2018 newsletter.
Who should do a Series of 6 Chemical Peels or Enzyme Exfoliations?
Everyone really! If you have very sensitive skin or rosacea then the enzyme exfoliation would be a better choice than a chemical peel.
What is a chemical peel and how does it work?
Basically a chemical peel helps to speed up cellular turnover and can help with pigment reduction, resulting in healthier skin and a more uniform complexion. For example, glycolic acid is used to remove dead skin cells, fine lines, dark spots and/or skin imperfections caused by aging and hormones.
Because peels slough off those unwanted dead skin cells, and bring new fresh skin cells to the surface, it gives you the appearance of tighter, brighter skin and smaller pores.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
A chemical peel can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the tone and texture of the skin as well as the color and clarity. It enhances skin glow and radiance by inducing production of new collagen and stimulating new healthy skin cell growth.
Melasma can be improved, along with discoloration and pigmentation. A chemical peel also addresses visible skin imperfections.
What is the downtime after a chemical peel?
There are two school of thought when it comes to chemical peels. You could do the one big crazy whammy – shed like a snake peel, with lots of redness, and maybe pick a time that you want to just hibernate.
Or you could take a somewhat gentler yet effective approach and do a series of superficial peels that target specific skin conditions. These types of peels generally have little downtime and you will not need to take time off work while the skin heals as there is less risk of complications like redness, swelling or even unwanted inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Will I peel like a snake or be crazy red?
You may have some peeling or flaking and you might not. It depends on the peel, your skin, and superficial peels work more slowly than the Big Whammy Peels. So just because you don’t peel doesn’t mean the treatment isn’t working. My thought process is to do gentler peels spaced closer together for the best treatment with the least amount of downtime.
Why is winter a good time for chemical peels?
The South can be wicked in the summer. Between the heat and sun, your skin will take a beating. I want everyone to enjoy the sun and summer safely while protecting their skin without having to have the additional worry of issues as a result of the peels.
With the beginning of fall begins less sunlight, which means lower UV levels and a perfect environment to heal your skin more quickly. The humidity and heat index are also dropping so it is just one less thing to have to worry about.
What can a peel do for my skin?
Have a peel now to exfoliate and refresh your skin or have a series to significantly improve your skin before next summer. The benefit from a series of 4 to 6 peels is that it targets the layers of the epidermis for enhanced exfoliation and cellular turnover which produces healthy, glowing skin. Also, hyperpigmentation is more improved by a series of chemical peels.
In order to allow the skin to heal between treatments, the sessions in the series are spaced 1 to 2 weeks apart.
Do I need to use homecare?
Yes! Homecare is a requirement for a chemical peels series. If you want the best results for your peel series listen to your Esthetician! It is their job to help you reveal your best possible skin. You should also continue to use proper home care after the series, and if it fits into your budget and time, schedule a professional grade treatment every 4 to 8 weeks. Quality professional-grade products don’t have to break the bank but are needed for optimal results.
Should I continue with treatment after my series of 6?
In short, YES! It is like going to the gym for one of those intro packages. Really starting to see progress and BAM your 21 days or whatever is over and you quit! How long do those results last? Facial treatments are the same way. It is my belief that you can make a difference in the health of your skin with professional-grade skin care at home and facial treatments every 4 to 8 weeks as your budget and time allow.
If I can only do homecare or facial treatments which would you recommend?
I would choose and suggest quality, professional-grade skincare. Your day to day routine is by far more important. Then fit a facial treatment in where you can.
Can’t I just do my own facials at home?
Sure you can do a mini version of things from your professional-grade skincare line. You don’t get all the massage and extras that are done in a service treatment but for sure it is better than nothing. I get it, we all only have so much money to spend. Personally I go to my friend Alicia at Kara Spa mostly every 4 weeks for a treatment. It is not just about great skin but also for my mental health. Some people are great about a routine and doing extra treatments at home, I am not one of those people!