The word “Peel” may sound a little bit frightening or intimidating to some. After all, it seems like you are volunteering to (painfully) have a layer of skin removed from your face, right? Regardless of how it may sound, there are actually various benefits to facial peels and many are, in fact, painless. Peels are performed by placing gentle chemical solutions over the face with the purpose of removing the outermost layer of skin with the goal of lessening age spots, wrinkles, fine lines and acne. There are 3 types of peels; light, medium and deep peels. Light and medium peels are the safest but non-permanent. These types of peels can be performed by an aesthetician. Deep peels, on the other hand, have longer-lasting effects, involve removing more skin and are performed by a medical professional (dermatologist). Here, we will discuss the benefits of light and medium peels which an aesthetician and a spa can provide for you.
REDUCING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
Because facial peels involve removing the outermost layer of damaged skin, they are effective in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and even age spots. It is, however, important to remember that a light or medium facial peel will not completely erase fine lines and wrinkles and the benefits are only temporary. Still, a good facial peel can go a long way in reducing signs of aging while simultaneously giving older skin a youthful glow. With very few downsides, there is little reason to not try a facial peel if you are bothered by the aforementioned problems.
REDUCES THE SEVERITY OF ACNE
Did you know that 50% of women will struggle with adult acne sometime in their life? In other words, even after adolescence is long over, the majority of women will have to battle with pimples and spots. Luckily, facial peels do an excellent job at reducing acne because they effectively increase the cellular turnover of facial skin. This, actually, is what many different acne medications attempt to do in the first place (Retinol for example). Therefore, if you are struggling with acne, you may want to consider a light or medium facial peel.
EVENS OUT SKIN TONE
The top layer of skin contains acne scars, hyperpigmentation marks, age spots and other discolorations. Fortunately, by removing the top layer of skin, facial peels take these imperfections with them and even out skin tone in the process. This leaves clients feeling more confident with newly radiant skin.
ALLOWS FOR BETTER ABSORPTION OF SUBSEQUENT SKIN PRODUCTS
Dead skin cells on top of our outermost layer of skin can form an extra, unnecessary barrier which blocks the absorption of topical treatments which we use. Facial peels effectively remove these barriers and allow vitamins, antioxidants and even topical medications to be better absorbed. This can greatly increase the benefits which we experience from these topicals and help further improve our skin in the future.
While facial peels might sound like a scary concept to some, the reality is far from frightening. In fact, they are a relatively mild treatment that can leave clients with wonderful results. Just be sure to get your facial peel done by a licensed aesthetician and you will be in good hands. You may be left with a little bit of temporary swelling or redness but this will quickly heal and give way to your desired results.