What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a solution, applied to the skin, that removes the outer layer of cells for the skin to rejuvenate the surface of the skin. Chemical Peels can be very mild (fruit acid peels), to moderately deep (phonal peels), depending on this skin problem that needs treatment.
There’s nothing like a good chemical peel session to rejuvenate the skin! Humankind may not have discovered the fountain of youth or developed a serum to reverse the signs of aging, but a chemical peel is pretty close to the aging solutions portrayed in films and television.
Chemical peels cosmetic procedure can help improve your skin’s appearance, treating fine lines, sun damage, pigmentation, acne, and more.
No one can deny that the results from these chemical peels may as well have been done with pure magic, but the procedure involves something a little less mystical. To improve your skin, a chemical peel works with the help of acids formulated in a powerful exfoliating solution to raise the skin’s acidity.
Once the skin’s pH has been raised, the cells forming the “glue” will loosen, removing the dead skin. The healthy skin underneath is revealed with the dead skin removed, giving a natural glow.
Preparing for a Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is something to look forward to. Once you’ve set up your appointment with a skilled professional, you’re all good to go, right? Well, not exactly.
No matter the kind of peel you’re going to get, you must prepare your skin. Preparing your skin for the peel will have a smoother and more even surface, making it more receptive to acid penetration. Two weeks before your appointment, make sure to do the following:
1. Avoid Exfoliating
To avoid unwanted irritation and side effects, you must avoid exfoliating your skin at home at least one week before the peel. Since a chemical peel is a form of exfoliation, you may end up over-exfoliating your skin, leading to adverse results.
2. Keep Your Face Bare
Simply cleaning your face before the peel isn’t enough to keep it clean—you must also avoid using any makeup products so that your face is as clean as possible. Give your skin time to breathe; let it detox.
3. Stay Hydrated
While you should always ensure that your body is well hydrated, your skin must be well-hydrated on the day before your cosmetic procedure. Besides drinking water, make sure to avoid using any skincare products that could be drying.
4. Steer Clear of the Sun
In the weeks before the peel, treat the sun as your enemy. Of course, you need a healthy dose of vitamin D, but it can also damage your skin, which isn’t good if you’re getting a chemical peel. To ensure that the chemical peel responds well to your skin, avoid the sun as much as possible, wear sun protection, and apply a good layer of sunblock.
Although a professional will be performing the cosmetic procedure on you, it doesn’t mean that all you have to do is wait for your appointment day to arrive. To get the best results, you must do your part in ensuring that you end up with healthier skin after the procedure.
If you’re thinking of getting a chemical peel to improve your skin, you’ve come to the right place! Here at The Lotus Institute, we combine superior technologies with first-class care to provide the best cosmetic procedures. Request a consultation today!