Peel season is almost here! Hopefully you've been wearing your sunscreen throughout the summer, because well, skin cancer. But I am not the esthetician that will tell you to hide and only come out at night. I think we should enjoy being outside, and live lift to the fullest. If that means accumulating some hyperpigmentation, then so be it. That's what peels are for.
I definitely take a more gentle approach when it comes to skincare, and especially exfoliation. I believe less is more, and that includes how often we should be exfoliating. My favorite exfoliant, and the only one I use, is Color Up's Enzyme Exfoliating Masque. It's gentle, yet effective, and there's no harsh scrubbing involved.
Enzymes work by digesting the top layer of your skin, which is mostly made of skin cells containing keratin protein. The enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, resulting in smoother skin. If you haven't switched to an enzyme exfoliant, I highly recommend it. It's 2021, and we now know that over exfoliating causes inflammation, which results in accelerated premature aging.
I really believe stronger exfoliation (peels) should be done in moderation and strategically.
With peel season basically among us, I thought I'd share the different types of peels I offer in the studio.
Alpha / Beta Peel
The paraben free Alpha Peel combines the advantages of both Lactobionic and Glycolic Acid delivering gentle exfoliation with regenerating and moisturizing properties. This multi-tasking peel also helps to reduce hyperpigmentation, and brighten the overall complexion. This is great for those with more sensitive skin. This peel works at a cellular level, so you should not expect any peeling from it.
The paraben free Beta Peel delivers a trifecta of acids: Lactobionic, Salicylic and Glycolic Acid.
This is the perfect peel for those with acne, textural issues, or hyperpigmentation. Like it's sister Alpha, you likely will not have any visible peeling.
These peels are great enhancement to any facial.
I love and hate these peels (seriously though). Spicules are the endoskeleton of a sponge, which are microscopic but sharp. They act as a transepidermal delivery system, meaning they basically carry functional ingredients deeper into the skin.
This peel is amazing for hyperpigmentation or textural issues. However, it's not a great peel to do during mask mandates. It's quite uncomfortable wearing a mask for 48 hours after having this peel. Since the pandemic started I have only been recommending it for people who are working from home.
You can expect to peel starting day 3, and peel for several days. Some people have more peeling than others. If you don't have a lot of peeling, that does not mean it didn't work! There is a lot that happens under the skin that we can't see. I generally recommend a series of three peels for the best results.
5 Berry Pigment Peel
This potent TCA and antioxidant peel is the perfect solution for photo-aging, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne. 5-Berry Pigment Control Peel combines 7% TCA and the reparative, protective, and anti-aging benefits of 5 natural berries: cranberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, and bearberry. It's also colorblind, meaning it's safe for all skin colors!
This peel works at a cellular level, and you may not experience any peeling. This is a great option for those who can't afford any downtime!
The Gold Standard of Peeling! This 15% solution of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and powerful natural tyrosinase inhibitors is renowned for its results in treating, correcting, and controlling pigmentation, wrinkles, and acne. The potent antioxidants vitamin E and retinyl palmitate, in combination with TCA, provide unparalleled results in safe and controlled skin peeling. This peel is also color blind making it safe for all!
This peel is applied in layers, and you should expect to peel after a couple of days. The peeling time varies, but expect 3 to 7 days.
There are some other peels that I am looking into that I would like to be able to offer, so stay tuned!