SKIN PEELS DEFINED
Updated: Feb 25, 2019
The phrase Skin Peel or Peels is used loosely within the skincare market, but they are vastly different from Exfoliants. If you are considering having Skin Peel here are some helpful tips to understanding the what's what of Peels.
Skin Peeling is the term used to describe the application of exfoliating agents to the skin to shedding of layers of surface dead skin build up while subsequently signally the division and regeneration of new and healthy skin cells from the deeper layers.
Clinical Skin Peels are medical grade formulas that have the ability to reach a variety of depths of the skin to cause not just physical change in the texture of the skin surface, but also remodel the skin to reveal a firmer, more dense skin tissue with fewer lines, wrinkles and discolouration.
There are 3 skin layer depths for Skin Peels
1. Very Superficial
3. Superficial/Medium Depth
Very Superficial Peels
A very superficial Peel formula is designed to work on the very outer layer of the skin called the Stratum Corneum. This is the layer you can physically touch and feel with your fingers. There is usually minimal to no irritation or downtime and an immediate smoothing of the skin surface.
Superficial Peels are the next level of strength as they penetrate deeper into the skin for various benefits. These peels reach the layers of the skin where cell division occurs, pigmentation cells reside and the immune function of the skin is initiated. The skin layers of the Stratum Graunlosum down to the Stratum Basale are effected. Superficial peels are brilliant for the treatment of pigmentation, fine lines, dull lacklustre skin and oily, congested acne prone skin. Mild peeling of the skin occurs with these clinical peels and SPF is critical for optimal results.
Superficial/Medium Depth Peels
This is the highest level of Peeling permitted in a clinical or salon treatment. Downtime is to be expected as these peels activate the Dermal matrix of the skin while initiating medium to intense peeling and associated irritation - but worth it for the phenomenal results they can deliver. Close monitoring is required during such a Peel and your therapist should NEVER leave you unattended!
Using this as your guide will help you understand the real meaning of Skin Peel and how it is going to create change for your skin.
PREPARATION IS KEY
One of the keys to successful skin peeling is having your skin prepped with the correct products BEFORE commencing a peeling series. With so many variations in skin colour it is essential that the skin is programmed to accept the stimulation and mild inflammation associated with skin peels. Skin is ideally prepped 7-10 days prior to the first peel with a powerful anti-inflammatory and pigment inhibiting serum to reduce the risk of any post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Skin Therapists with a vested interested in your skins health will ensure this is done well in advance so you get the results from your Peeling Series that you are investing in. The deeper the peel the more prep required. If no prep has been suggested LEAVE immediately!
SPF IS KING
Because the skin is being resurfaced it is essential that skin cells are protected from UV at all times to prevent further skin discolouration occurring and to ensure the new skin cells being born are happy and healthy cells! Clinical formulas usually combine a variety of sunscreen ingredients to ensure maximum coverage from UVA and UVB rays.
We love Aspect Gold Envirostat SPF 50 and Cosmedix Hydrate + for their ultimate skin conditioning and UV protective benefits.
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