It's Winter time! With the overcast, short days, it's the perfect time to begin a peel series. Protecting the skin from the sun during this process is a must, and it's much easier to do that this time of year.
Why do chemical peels? It's an opportunity to work on scarring, sun damage and fine lines. Peels speed up the process of cellular renewal by flaking or peeling of the skin, forcing the new, fresh skin to be revealed. The newly regenerated skin is smoother, softer, brighter, and less wrinkled than the old skin cells. It is extremely important to take care of this new skin by using the right healing products, as well as daily SPF moisturizer.
When doing a series of progressive peels you may only experience microscopic flaking or no flaking at all following each treatment. As we go along with slightly stronger peels you may experience slight flaking to peeling of the skin for 3-7 days after treatment. If you do not experience flaking or peeling, this doesn't mean the peel was ineffective. The ingredients and delivery agents still worked. Please know that flaking or peeling of the skin is only a side effect of a peel.
If you have never received a peel or resurfacing treatment before or do not follow a good home care regimen, you will be more susceptible to experience visual exfoliation, whereas someone who has regular treatments and has a professional home care regimen will have healthier skin and not as much visual exfoliation. I require that I have total control over your skin while going through the peel series so that you don't accidently use a product that will impede your results.
I'll be putting my skin through a peel series and I started off on November first using these products only. These are my go-to products, but I am often trying out new products to be sure I'm bringing the best products into the studio. Plus, new products! I want to try them all! But for now I will refrain.
- Green Tea Cleanser: a gentle foaming cleanser to get the job done.
- Glycolic Cleanser: breaks down oil and encourages cellular turnover.
- Retinol 2% Exfoliating Scrub/Mask: retinol encourages the breakup of blackheads and clogged pores, jojoba beads gently exfoliate dead skin cells, while kojic lightens age spots and blemishes left from scars.
- Glycolic and Retinol Pads: these pads break up surface oil to refine pores and reveal fresh, healthy skin. Kojic and arbutin lighten sun spots and scars left from blemishes.
- Acai Berry Moisturizer: antioxidants protect from environmental damage while relieving the surface signs of aging. Co-Q10 stimulates collagen to minimize fine lines.
- Sheer Protection SPF30: a light, sheer-feeling sunblock that provides both UVA and UVB protection for all skin types. 13.5% zinc oxide; all natural, no chemicals.
With my series of peels I'll be working on some sun damaged spots. I've been working on this spot on my left cheek for quite some time and so far I haven't been able to completely lift it. The left side of the face is a common area for excessive sun damage for those of us who drive, as the harmful UVA rays penetrate through the windoes of our cars. This is why it's important to use sun protection every day. I've always parted my hair on this side which also gave me more sun exposure. Unfortunately, I haven't always practiced what I preach when it comes to sun protection. I spent the summers of my youth at the beach, and then, even as I got older, would only protect my skin if I was going to be out all day. But I was wrong, wrong, wrong. And I've got the sun damage to prove it.