- 16 March 2021
You may know someone that has had facial peeling done and wondering; “why on earth would you want to PEEL your skin off?”. We are here to give you the down low on what peeling is and why it is such a desired treatment in the Cosmeceutical skincare world.
Understanding the concept
With age, external environmental factors, medication usage, genetics and more, the skin is under daily assault and the signs of this show up in symptoms such as premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, breakouts, uneven texture, dryness and oiliness. There is exceptional Cosmeceutical skincare for home use that can be used but it does take time to improve concerns. The optimal boost to get results quicker and more dramatically is a salon peel that may only be administered by a professional skincare therapist.
What does a peeling treatment do?
During a peeling treatment, various acids such as Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic, Mandelic acid are applied to the skin at different concentrations, based on the concern and “downtime” a person is comfortable with. These acids will create a “superficial wound” on the skin, kicking the cells into a healing response, by producing healthy non damaged cells. The old, damaged cells are lifted of the skin surface and the healthy cells are pushed up, revealing an overall improvement.
The major benefit of a peel is that it stimulates the skin cells to slough off at its daily natural rate and replenish the skin every 29 days. The more mature the skin gets, the slower this process. This leaves the skin looking tired, dull and more aged.
What is “downtime”?
Peeling has been around since Cleopatra’s days and have therefore been tested extensively. Let your Aesthetic Specialist at SkinPhD guide you on the best peel for your skin. You don’t have to do a very aggressive peel with long downtime to get results, there are great superficial peels available that offer results on all skin concerns without any downtime.
At this point you may wonder what “downtime” after a peel is. Simply put, this is the expectation of what the skin will look and feel like immediately after and a few days after a peeling treatment. This varies based on the peel strength. Superficial peels may leave your skin feeling tight, dry and slightly red but this dissipates within a day or so, leaving you with a smoother, glowing skin. The more intensive peels may leave your skin physically flaking for 7-10 days and the skin may look worse before it improves as these intensive peels are focused on pushing the damage from the skin at an increased rate.
There are great skin peeling options out there and we suggest that you “start slow and go low” to get comfortable with the process. It must be said, that peeling is the best thing to start sooner rather than later, if you want to hold on to a gorgeous looking skin in future.