Last time, we explained exfoliation; what it is and why it’s important. If you missed it, you can catch up here.
One form of exfoliation is chemical exfoliation, also known as chemical peels. Peels are available in a variety strengths and blends.
We know what you’re thinking: “A chemical peel? Don’t they cause scabbing, redness, and require several weeks of recovery?”
Not the chemical peels at Oasis! Although some peels can have severe after-effects, the products we use gently accelerate surface peeling of the skin and cell renewal. The best part is – no down time!
Our esthetician applies a specially made chemical solution to your skin to remove the top layers, along with the germs, dead cells and toxins that gather there - right there at the top, where the whole world can see it! Ew!
While decreasing the appearance of fine lines and unclogging pores, chemical peels leave your skin feeling and looking clean, smooth and vibrant.
We use Bioelements professional products in all of our facial services and offer peels that include a combination of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) - that’s a fancy term for “stuff that’s good for your skin” - fruit enzymes and extracts.
At Oasis we choose a peel just right for your skin that could include these ingredients:
Lactic Acid – Made from milk (yup, like from a cow!), and fruit enzymes and extracts. Lactic acid is the gentlest of the AHAs and is good for sensitive skin or for a first time peel. But all skin types can benefit from this ingredient because it can be so soothing. (Stay tuned! One of our future blogs will have more details and a special offer!)
Charcoal –Made from coconut shells (who knew you could make charcoal from a coconut?!? Not us!) and Vitamin C and other mineral actives. Charcoal peels are good for aging skin, smoker’s skin and clogged pores
Glycolic Acid – Made from cane sugar (chemical peels are not a sugar-free zone) and fruit acids. Glycolic peels help with the toughest, most stubborn skin. Glycolic acid is added to peels in varying percentages; the higher the percentage of glycolic acid the stronger the peel.
In order to see the best results, we recommend a peel once a week for six weeks for significant improvement, or once a month for six months for a more gradual approach. And your at-home skin care routine will enhance the results and protect the investment you’ve made in your skin.
Keep in mind, that to see long-term results you’ve got to develop long-term habits. You and your skin are worth a little time and effort.
Next time we’ll talk more in-depth about microdermabrasion and its benefits.