Chemical peels are among the most effective anti-aging salon procedures to obtain youthful, rejuvenated skin. They work through the application of a variety of exfoliant chemicals (such as phenols, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). They are safe and can be done regularly- depending on your age, skin sensitivity and what you wish to achieve.
The chemicals used in chemical peels break down the cell bonds in the very top layer of the skin. The cells then slough off to reveal the new layer of skin cells beneath. This gives you an instantly more youthful appearance (once the redness dies down). It also benefits your skin in the long term, with significant anti-aging effects.
Benefits of Chemical Peels for your skin:
1. Chemical peels work by exfoliating your skin. This has immediate benefits, but it will benefit your skin even more with regular peel treatments.
Chemically exfoliated skin is very clean and smooth, with heightened circulation. It is therefore more absorbent and receptive to ingredients in skin products.
(However, while this can maximise the benefits of good products, it can make your skin more vulnerable to bad products or increase sensitivity to any harsh ingredients. Your skin is like a baby’s after a chemical peel – and it should be treated as such. It’s essential to avoid products that may irritate the delicate layer of skin exposed by the peel.)
2. Over time, regular chemical peels can significantly reduce skin discolouration’s and hyper-pigmentation. Each peel will fade blotches to a degree; a course of chemical peels will maximise this fading effect – the end benefit being a dramatically evened-out complexion.
This will be permanent provided you maintain a stringent facial care regime and stay out of the sun (and use a high SPF UVA/UVB sunscreen when you can’t).
3. Chemical peels encourage cell renewal. Each treatment reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and regular peels help delay the appearance of new wrinkles.
4. Faster cell renewal thickens the skin over time, helps to maintain tighter facial contours.
Chemical peels can seem quite drastic at first. However, applied by a professional, they are safe and very effective at rejuvenating your facial skin and appearance.
It is essential to stay out of the sun after a chemical peel. Other than that, you have nothing to worry about other than a glowing complexion – and looking ten years younger!
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