When I first started school, many years ago now (sheesh)..... I recall my first reaction when I heard "Chemical Peel"... First thought 1) Bleach, A-jax, ooooh my.... Second thought 2) Samantha from Sex in the Cities in one of her notorious scenes.. thinking who is crazy enough to do that to their skin... turns out..ME..... I'm all for Chemical Peels, they are by far a personal favorite for myself, and clients... Chemical Peels are truly a Secret to Flawless Skin (ask Rosie how Chemical Peels, truly changed her skin)... continue reading below, to learn more...
Turns out "Chemical Peels" have been around for centuries going all the way back to Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Thankfully due to advanced technology we are equipped with quality formula's in the world of Skin Health. To yield the beautiful results we're after.
Chemical peels contain different chemical solutions to produce a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin and stimulate the production of new cells.
What ingredients are in the Chemical Peels, The Spa Room uses?
I used to think (pre-Esthetician) chemical peels, had harmful ingredients like "cleaning type agents", turns out I was so wrong and couldn't be happier that I was! The Chemical Peels The Spa Room uses have these ingredients:
-Orange Plant Stem Cell
- Vitamin C
- Pineapple & Papaya
- Mango Pulp
- Edelweiss Plant Stem Cell
- Lactic Acid
- Green Tea Extract
- Citric Acid
- Mulberry Extract
- Madonna Lilly
- Sea Fennel Plant Stem Cell
- Lilac Plant Stem Cells
(Too many to list them all, but I think you're getting my point)
Not so scary right...!
They vary from very light and superficial to medium and more intense grade peels. The type of the peel recommended will depend on your skin condition, type, and desired result. The skin’s reaction to the chemical peel is similar to what you would experience with a sunburn. You can improve:
- Acne scars
- Age and liver spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Irregular skin pigmentation
- Rough skin and scaly patches/ Texture
- Collagen Production
- Increase Cell Turn Over
- Firm and Tighten (keeping pores as small as possible for your genetics)
- Sun-damaged skin
- Photo-damaged Skin
A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck, hands, feet, anywhere you have skin.
Peels can make your skin—and skin-care products—work better. In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a lovely chain reaction: "As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger," says David Bank, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
Why should you get a chemical Peel?
- They're low-risk, and can go Custom
- The right peel can end acne and soften the scars that come with it
- Nothing controls melasma better (pregnancy mask)
- A peel will let you (maybe) toss your under-eye concealer... (creates evenness to skin tone)
- More affordable compared to Laser
- Very Anti-Aging
- Gives you Beautiful Skin
- Healthy skin, makes us look and feel better
* Make sure you're getting a Chemical Peel from a Licensed Esthetician or Doctor (ask lots of questions, a well educated and knowledgeable Esthetician or Doctor can make you feel more comfortable and confident about the service. They truly will recommend what is best for you, your life style, and your skin care goals.)
How often should you get a peel?
You can safely get a light peel, like Lactic Acid every "2"weeks, but not for long-term. Long-term for Light Chemical Peels that fall under AHA's are safest to get every 2-6 Weeks . You do not want to do a BHA Chemical Peel longer than 3-6 Series. For BHA Chemical Peels, are recommended in series of 3-6, then after completion of series a Hydrating Healing Facial will be amazing for your skin. BHA Chemical Peels are not recommended for long-term use, best results are in increments of series 3-6. You take a break for a 1-3 Months, then depending on what your skin needs you may want/need to do another series.
For best results I high recommend doing Chemical Peels in a series of 3-6, 1x a month.
AHA Chemical Peels - AHA chemical peels, light chemical peel is a non-invasive treatment that removes the upper layers of dead and damaged skin and encourages skin cell regeneration. This type of peel provides gentle treatment for fine lines, acne, chronic dry skin, and uneven pigmentation. You absolutely can get a AHA Chemical Peel (on the light side of peels, your Licensed Esthetician or Doctor will be knowledgeable and advise). done once a month to improve: texture, rough skin and scaly patches, tone, hyper-pigmentation, acne, milia, age and liver spots, anti-aging conscience, photo-damaged skin, improves collagen, and really gets your cells to turnover. If you love your skin, great I still recommend a very light peels to help maintain your youthful glow, once in a while. You might not be able to see it, but as you use this powerful product, the dead skin is actually shedding away.No you do not have to get a light AHA peel every month, it is best to complete a series in a row. After completion of series, a Hydrating Healing Facial would be amazing for your skin. If Chemical Peels aren't for you or you're wanting to try something different ask your Esthetician or Doctor for their recommendations.
BHA Chemcical Peels - Chemical peels are used for the treatment of sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, acne, rosacea and discoloration. ... Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or salicylic acid peels are not as popular as AHA peels, yet they can be equally effective and have specific advantages for some skin type. There are several things that BHA can do to help your skin. It can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, firm skin and help add moisture back to your skin. Several users claim that they can see the results after the very first use. Usually with a BHA Chemical peel, your skin will actually shed/peel. Sometimes you might not be able to see it, but as you receive this powerful BHA Chemical Peel, the dead skin is actually shedding away. BHA Chemical Peels, are stronger than AHA Chem Peels and downtime should be expected. Believe me when I say, the shedding is sooooo.... Worth It! BHA Chemical Peels, are more aggressive and go deeper than AHA Chemical Peels. I recommend doing any Chemical Peel in a series for best results. However if you've met your skincare goals, it is good to do a deep peel at least 1-2x a year for maintenance.
What should you expect during your Chemical Peel Service?
- Questions from your esthetician: Don’t be alarmed if your esthetician is asking questions continuously. In fact, that means they’re doing their job correctly! There are signs of peel irritation that aren’t always visible to the naked eye, so it’s important for your esthetician to inquire about them while they’re performing the treatment. Don’t hesitate to speak up about how your skin feels throughout the treatment. Your esthetician will know which sensations are normal and how to handle those that aren’t.
- Tingling, itching, and or Burning Sensation: These three sensations are completely normal, especially for those receiving their first chemical peel. However, if you are experiencing anything beyond slight tingling, itching, or tolerable burning/ hot, please let your esthetician know immediately.
- Temperature change: Some describe their skin as feeling cold after the peel has been applied, while others experience a warming sensation. Both temperature changes are normal as long as they aren’t painful or extreme. If you're experiencing extreme and painful temperature changes, please let your Esthetician know immediately.
- Tightness:Chemical Peel stimulates microcirculation and draws out impurities to detoxify the skin. While these are all great benefits, that ingredient can also cause the skin to feel taught. Again, as long as the sensation isn’t extreme, this is normal. Also we do want things to be tight and lifted. Hence why Chemical Peels are also very anti-aging.
What you should expect after a Chemical Peel?
- Immediate results: The advanced peel technology removes the uppermost layers of the skin at a microscopic level. This will immediately tighten the skin, unclog pores, improve lines and leave skin with a younger, velvety-smooth texture.
- Possible Flaking and Red skin: this is a completely normal reaction to a chemical peel. If you're unsure what your experiencing is normal. Contact your Esthetician immediately.
- Downtime: With lighter peels there's usually little to no downtime. However with stronger peels, the skin may get flaky, red and actually shed. But this isn't a bad thing. You're shedding old, dull, dry, dead, uneven etc skin, this will reveal your beautiful healthy skin underneath.
- Professional recommendations from your esthetician: After your peel, your esthetician should provide you with product recommendations and instructions. These products will maximize the results you achieved in the treatment room, so it’s necessary to follow their advice to get the most out of your peel. Some people seem to be under the impression that their Esthetician might trying to "just sell products", that couldn't be further from the truth. Every time I recommend products it is truly for your skins benefit. Think of this way, seeing a Esthetician is "half" of what your skin needs, the other half is using quality products to nourish and repair your skin.
- Slightly increased sensitivity: While your skin shouldn’t feel too sensitive, it will be slightly more sensitive to certain products, like exfoliating scrubs, after your treatment. You should avoid exfoliating at all for 5-7days after treatment to avoid irritation. If you have a series of peels scheduled over the course of a few months it’s okay to exfoliate between treatments, but be sure to use a chemical exfoliant (like Sanita's: Lactic Vitamin C Cleanser, Glycolic Citrus Cleanser, GlycoSolution.. or Lira's Pro Exfoliating Cleanser also use a quality Retinol products, Sanita and Lira both have great retinol products, so ask The Spa Room for recommendations) instead of a physical one.
Make sure to be extra gentle to your skin after your peel. Drink plenty of water, moisturize your skin and avoid the gym for 24 hours after your treatment. Have any more questions about what happens during or after chemical peels? Or, maybe you have other questions... either way.. Reach out to The Spa Room via (phone, text, or email).