Entering 2021 with a layer of dead skin cells on your skin is a big no-no and a chemical peel might just be the treatment you need to start your year with a clean slate (quite literally because yes, it’s a new year, new you but how about fresh skin?). What makes this treatment even more satisfying is that fresh, baby-soft and glowing skin is hiding right underneath the surface of your skin and we are here to tell you that you can unleash glowing skin with a 15-minute chemical peel - so you can’t even blame your busy schedule for your lack of glow!
If Samantha Jones’ peel fiasco comes to mind when someone mentions a ‘Chemical Peel’, allow us to show you how far acid formulations have come since the 90s. Peels have come a long way, evolving in the last 20 years to not cause as much visible peeling or redness, but rather to infuse the skin with ingredients that allow itself to regenerate and in turn, diminish lines, boost collagen and improve uneven tone.
First, let’s clarify what peels are and what they are like at Skindays. A chemical peel is a procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. Skin that grows back is then smoother, clearer and often glowy! At Skindays, one of the most popular chemical peel treatments is the Glow Peel – a 15-minute rejuvenating treatment made with an exclusive blend of lactic acids, AHAs and retinols that work cohesively to deep cleanse, exfoliate and brighten skin. Due to it's gentle formula, it is great for most skin types and offers little to no downtime at all. Another popular go-to peel that contains salicylic acid can also be found in our AcneMed Facial – a 50-minute procedure targeting acne and outbreaks.
So with a wide array of peels out there to choose from, what exactly are the benefits of getting a chemical peel?
1. It reduces acne and outbreaks
If acne is a key skin concern for you, a chemical peel (like the one in our AcneMed Facial) could be the answer as it exfoliates into the deep layers of skin unlike topical acne treatments. Peels help to "dry" present acne, while deep cleansing pores and eroding blackheads and comedones. Additionally, a peel also helps to prevent outbreaks since the upper layer of your skin is exfoliated, causing natural cell turnover to speed up which in turn, helps minimize oil production, unclog pores, and reduce the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.
2. It's affordable, quick and effective
Chemical peels are known to be quick procedures that deliver big results. That's also one of the reasons why some may know it as a 'lunchtime peel'. And if affordability is a concern for you, you'll be happy to hear that chemical peels won't burn a hole in your pocket (at least at Skindays!). For instance, a Glow Peel here starts from just $68, as compared to getting a laser done in the clinic (which we know goes up to hundreds of dollars). Yikes.
3. Peels can make your products absorb better
Within minutes, a chemical peel will lift away an entire layer of dead skin cells which triggers a biofeedback loop to your skin cells below the epidermis. Essentially, cell turnover is increased and skin is rejuvenated, resulting in plumper and more radiant skin. The previous layer of dead skin cells which were preventing maximum product absorption is now gone, thus allowing your products to truly sink into your skin and work to the best of their abilities. If that’s not a good enough reason to book yourself in for a Glow Peel....
4. It helps with age defense and prevention
As explained above, getting a peel done triggers your skin to react and in turn, those with concerns of aging skin (lines, wrinkles, pigmentation) can also benefit from the increased cell turnover as it improves the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, roughness and sun spots. Essentially, a peel can aid in your skin’s production of collagen and elastin which translates into bouncy, stronger and healthier looking skin!
5. It fades & lightens pigmentation and scarring
If previous scarring and pigmentation are your top most concerns, chemical peels might be right up your alley as the rejuvenation of the uppermost layer of skin, can aid in the fading of such scars and marks.
Although peels may have been temporarily overshadowed by the skincare community's fascination with ultra-cool sounding lasers, we note that experts have been increasingly highlighting the benefits of peel over lasers. We refer to Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical centre who was quoted in an article by Allure saying “good old chemical peels can actually deliver certain skin benefits—like reversing melasma and breakouts—better than high-tech devices,”. So you see, peels may just be your winning formula to better #skindays due to their simplicity and no-nonsense approach to reviving skin; the treatment is particularly potent for those who have skin concerns such as: wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, acne or uneven and dull skin tone (…basically everyone).