For this trend, we have the inside scoop on what you need to know regarding facial peels. Many think of raw, red skin when thinking facial peels but there are many products available in skin care world that are gentle enough to use without extreme burning or discomfort.
Let’s start with the benefits.
Face peels help remove top layers of dead skin by exfoliating. As a result, it helps speed up the cell turnover rate creating a new layer of skin that is fresh, smooth, and luminous. With regular use, or sometimes even after one use with the best ones, it helps improve skin texture, tone while minimizing fine lines. Large pores appear tighter and it can even assist with acne because it helps unclog pores. On top of that, it helps optimize skin to absorb other products to see better results. By exfoliating skin, your complexion appears to be brighter and healthier.
What you need to know:
1. pH Levels
We all recognize strength level of a peel by the percentage of a particular type of acid like 15% glycolic acid peel versus a 10% glycolic acid peel. According to various dermatologists, we should also consider pH levels. Our skin’s pH level is usually between 4.5 and 5.5. The lower the pH level then the more acidic and aggressive the peel will be. If it is higher, it will be more alkaline and provide a breeding ground for bacteria. Finding the right pH level for your skin in a peel will determine how acidic a peel can be to provide the desired results.
2. When to start using face peels
Like antioxidant serums, you don’t need to wait until you’re in your 40s. Your 20s are a good time to start. Those dealing with acne can even be as young as teenagers to begin treatments to treat acne and reduce acne scarring.
3. To peel or not to peel
Remember how we mentioned raw, red, peeling skin? Yeah, that’s not always the case with face peels. You can reap the benefits of a face peel even if your skin does not peel. Visible peeling is a side effect of these types of face treatments but the effect of the peel is occurring at the cellular level. Depending on the peel’s strength, you may see none to some peeling but will see results regardless.
4. What to do after
After using a face peel, there’s a couple of things you should consider. For our gym fanatics, avoid it for 24 hours. After a face peel, you need to try and remain cool. This will help avoid the risk of hyperpigmentation. You also need to amp up your sun protection and avoid exposure to the sun. Those using retinols and products with vitamin A should wait a couple of days after treatment to allow the skin to recover. (Tip: for harsh peel treatments, it is also suggested to postpone retinols, retinoids and retin-A products a few days before the peel to reduce skin’s sensitivity to it.) With daily peels, which are gentler, you can use products with peptides and vitamin C followed by a good moisturizer.
Bliss That’s Incredi-‘Peel’ – A glycolic acid peel, it is formulated with the antioxidant vitamin E. It can be used every night after cleansing and before applying moisturizer.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula – Known for his innovative daily facial peels, Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Peels are ideal for sensitive skin and helps clear imperfections to give a glowing complexion
Peter Thomas Roth Peel & Reveal Resurfacer – A peel, exfoliator, and polish this helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while pumpkin enzymes help remove dead skin cells.
Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel – Formulated with various fruit enzymes, this product helps uncover a smooth complexion without drying or irritating skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads – Boost skin’s moisture and exfoliate skin with this alpha, beta and gamma hydroxy acid peel. Enjoy smoother and firmer skin.