Skin peels

Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know about fa­cial skin peels so you can choose cor­rectly.

True Love - - Contents - By LER­ATO SEUOE

WHAT IS A PEEL?

This is a beauty tech­nique specif­i­cally used to im­prove and re­fine the tex­ture of the skin and tackle skin con­cerns such as acne scar­ring and pig­men­ta­tion. Chem­i­cal peels are ex­pected to do away with the out­er­most lay­ers of the skin, en­cour­ag­ing newer and smoother skin to ap­pear. It’s also used to treat fine lines, sun spots, freck­les and scars.

WHAT IN­GRE­DI­ENTS ARE FOUND IN PEELS?

“A chem­i­cal peel is the ap­pli­ca­tion of an acidic com­pound onto the skin. This could be an al­pha hy­droxy acid such as gly­colic acid or lac­tic acid, or a beta hy­droxy acid such as sal­i­cylic acid. The most com­mon and safest acid to use is gly­colic acid. When it’s ap­plied onto the skin, a tin­gling or sting­ing ef­fect may be felt. The acid re­moves all the dead skin cells and boosts new cell turnover rates. Un­even skin tone will be ex­pe­ri­enced, with greater elas­tic­ity and dura­bil­ity of the skin bar­rier.

“Go for a chem­i­cal peel at least once a month as hu­mans typ­i­cally go through an ap­prox­i­mately 2830-day skin cell cy­cle,” says Dr Judey Pre­to­rius, a co-founder and prod­uct devel­oper at Biomed­i­cal Em­po­rium.

WHAT ARE THE POSTTREATMENT GUIDE­LINES?

Dr Judey con­tin­ues: “Stay out of the sun and do not wash the serums off un­til the morn­ing af­ter your chem­i­cal peel. Re­frain from us­ing any retinoic acids for 48 hours af­ter re­ceiv­ing a chem­i­cal peel. Avoid touch­ing your skin for at least 6-8 hours (to al­low for un­hin­dered cel­lu­lar re­ju­ve­na­tion to take place). Ap­ply prod­ucts rich in hyaluronic acid, pep­tides as well as vi­ta­min E to boost cel­lu­lar hydration and col­la­gen con­trac­tion.”

PEELS AVAIL­ABLE

You get su­per­fi­cial, medium-depth and deep peels. The lat­ter should only be done by a very ex­pe­ri­enced aes­thetic prac­ti­tioner.

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