How to Prep for the Peel (ASCP Skin Deep Magazine)
Thinking about treating your skin to a series of intensive peel treatments? There are a few steps you may wish to take in order to prepare the skin for the series of treatments and to maximize the end results.
Having an even skin coloration and a youthful skin go hand in hand. Evening the skin tone makes the skin look younger, and by improving the skin’s color and removing dead surface cells, the overall appearance of the skin is improved.
You may ask, when is the best time of year to begin a Peeling regime? Autumn is the best time to start your treatments as you prepare the skin for the colder, dryer winter temperatures. You may ask what options you have for Peeling?
- AHA /Glycolic Peels – a 30% glycolic peel treatment can be done alone or with a facial treatment. To boost the result, one may consider a Microdermabrasion treatment to give the skin a deeper exfoliation and removal of surface dead skin cells. Prior to AHA/Glycolic peels one should apply a serum with a 3.5 pH AND an SPF 20-30 daytime moisturizer two weeks prior, as a glycolic peel can make the skin more sun sensitive. This treatment is non-invasive and there is little or NO downtime with a 30% glycolic peel. To maintain the results, an AHA/Glycolic peel can be repeated every two weeks or on monthly basis.
- The Pluri Peel – a more intense peel will result in more visible results over time, but initially the skin will appear with more edema (rudiness) and remain a bit more irritated initially. Within 5-7 days, the skin will become dry and flaky until the entire peeling process is complete. Most clients see improvement in the look of lines and wrinkles are softened, hyper-pigmented spots appear lighter and less noticeable, appearance of pores are minimized, and the skin’s color is even and more smooth in texture. Two weeks prior, a 30 pH serum is recommended and a higher SPF 30 or greater must be applied before and after the treatment. No direct sunlight for the next seven days is advised and an at home exfoliation should be avoided. During the skin’s repair time, do not use your DermaRoller, as this would interrupt the healing process. Continue to apply a serum, such as a Vitamin C and an emollient night cream each evening. Daily hydration is necessary, so continue to apply a higher SPF broad spectrum sunscreen moisturizer daily. To maximize the results, repeat the Pluri Peel treatment at the Spa every three months.
Both these peel regimes will result in a fresher, more youthful and even toned skin. To maintain this appearance of the skin, it is recommended that on-going peels be performed. Once the skin has repaired and been restored following a peel treatment, An AT-HOME regime may consist of the Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Crème (2-3 times weekly), followed by the DermaRoller (4-5 times weekly). A serum of your choice should be applied every evening. Cleansing twice a day is a must, as the skin is very active during the night, producing toxins on the outer surface. With this being said, EXFOLIATION should be a vital part of your daily or weekly routine. AT-HOME regimes are imperative, as is visiting your Esthetician on a monthly basis. Skin analysis will reveal that over time the efforts to care properly for your skin will result in superior and satisfying results.