Chemical peels are one of the most misunderstood spa treatments – many of us immediately think of tabloid magazine photos we've seen of a celebrity with red, flaking, painful looking skin. But those images are the result of old, outdated chemical peel formulas that can result in some unpleasant side effects.
Today, omni-benefit, modern chemical peel formulas are a game changer. They can smooth texture, improve the appearance of wrinkles, brighten the skin, increase firmness, and much more – without the flaking, redness or peeling that would make you want to go into hiding!
"A client should receive a peel if he or she wants dramatic, instant glowing results. Peels can improve fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, clogged pores, firm the skin, and so much more." –Nina Holt, Esthetician, Westwood Studio and Spa
Keep reading to learn exactly what happens during and what to expect after a chemical peel.
Traditional chemical peel formulas often believe in the philosophy that "stronger is better" and only contain one type of acid in a monster-strength percentage. Unfortunately this results in chemical peels that are ablative, result in a sunburn-like appearance and leave people to hide for several unsightly, itchy, skin-shedding days.
However, Bioelements vision has always been to "coax the skin into shape, never assault it". So our peels detoxify, draw out aging environmental impurities, and leave skin glowing instead of flaking. These elegant formulas include a combination of multiple exfoliating acids – glycolic and lactic acids, plus extracts of exfoliating fruit acids – with natural buffering willowherb and aloe to prevent redness and irritation.
"Chemical peels are an amazing way to transform your skin, but they often have a bad reputation! I always make sure that my clients are conscious of what the expectations are with any professional treatment, especially peels." –Amber Murphy, Licensed esthetician, Advanced Skin Care Suite
It is absolutely crucial to do your research before booking an appointment for a chemical peel. Find a spa here that uses a gentle, yet complex formula.
If you've chosen a spa that uses modern, multi-acid and omni-benefit formulas, then this is what you can expect during your treatment:
"I always encourage my clients to be comfortable with communication during peels. That is how I can better evaluate if they are experiencing any discomfort with their treatment and what their long term skin care goals are. Communication is key!" – Murphy
"A little bit of stimulation is completely normal, just means that the product is working. However, if you're starting to feel uncomfortable, speak up!" –Murphy
"Clients will also be feeling a lot of coolness, which can surprise them, due to using cool water to remove and neutralize the peel and not hot towels that would overstimulate the skin." –Holt
"The tightness sensation can actually feel refreshing!" –Holt
During a Bioelements chemical peel, our esthetician will gently glide their brush across your face the whole time to minimize any itching or sensation you may experience:
"Aftercare is extremely important so your esthetician should recommend at home products to repair, strengthen, hydrate and maximize the results from the peel. And definitely SPF!" – Holt
Worried about chemical peel recovery time? Unlike traditional chemical peels, with Bioelements there is zero flaking, zero pain, and zero downtime after your treatment. Here's what to expect after a chemical peel:
"After receiving a peel, you should be told not to go out in the sun without lots of SPF. You should also avoid prolonged amounts of time in the sun right after a peel because there's an increased risk of burning, which could damage your skin." – Kimberly Horton, Licensed esthetician, Wisteria Spa & Makeup
Make sure to be extra gentle to your skin after your peel. Drink plenty of water, moisturize your skin and avoid the gym for 24 hours after your treatment.
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