As we are transitioning to cooler weather, it’s a good time to think “aesthetic chemical peel”. Fall and winter are optimal seasons to get a peel treatment as we tend to stay indoor more, lowering the level of UV exposure from the sun while our skin recovers. Getting into a yearly aesthetic peel routine is our favorite way to achieve that no makeup glow. While the benefits of exfoliation speak for themselves, getting a professional grade exfoliation treatment, such as an aesthetic peel, is something you can feel and see immediately.
Fear aesthetic chemical peels no more
Many people get apprehensive to these two words, “chemical peel”, because they have seen pictures of peels gone wrong. First things first, know that aesthetic chemical peels discussed here are much more superficial and safe than medical chemical peels used to treat medical conditions. Second, try to stay off the internet researching photos because there are so many different acids aestheticians use depending on your concerns and skin needs.
At 212SKIN, our aestheticians like to take a conservative approach, but do propose more aggressive peels for those wanting to crank it up a notch. In addition, they work with our physicians to give you the best results with little to no downtime.
What aesthetic chemical peels can do for you
We have a ton of skin cells, roughly 19 million skin cells in every inch of our body. While the body continuously replace old skin cells with new ones, the top 18 to 23 layers of our skin are made of dead cells. As we get older, our cell turnover starts to slow down and it can be harder for us to shed the buildup. This is why our skin doesn’t have the radiance we did in our glory twenties.
Using a gentle, at-home exfoliator is something we encourage our patients to use daily or a few times a week. But to go deeper, remove dead skin cell efficiently, and achieve a softer, more radiant skin, we recommend aesthetic chemical peels.
One of the most popular peels at SkinCare Aesthetic uses glycolic acid, a sugar derivative. It is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin and Rosacea-prone skin. Meredith encourages her patients to get into a 4 to 6 week aesthetic peel cycle to help with multiple concerns. Whether you are working on teenage acne, adult acne, texture irregularities, or hyperpigmentation, start with an aesthetic glycolic acid peel and then work your way to more aggressive peels if needed. For those of you who have experienced aesthetic chemical peels before, we offer Jessner peels, a medium depth chemical peel that penetrates deeper into the skin for greater exfoliation and brightening.
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- 20-11-2018, 16:44
The Fitzpatrick scale (also Fitzpatrick skin typing test, or Fitzpatrick phototyping scale) is a numerical classification schema for human skin color. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, a Harvard dermatologist, as a way to classify the typical response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. Later, it was updated to also contain a wider range of skin types.
Fitzpatrick skin type 1
- skin color (before sun exposure): ivory
- eye color: light blue, light gray, or light green
- natural hair color: red or light blonde
- sun reaction: skin always freckles, always burns and peels, and never tan
Types 1 and 2
If your skin type is 1 or 2, you have a high risk of:
You should follow these tips to protect your skin:
- Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater.
- Limit your sun exposure and seek shade whenever you’re out in the sun.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your head and face.
- Wear UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Wear protective clothing with a UPF rating of 30 or higher if you plan to be in direct sunlight for extended periods.
- Check your skin from head to toe each month.
- Have an annual skin checkup with a doctor.
- 11-10-2018, 08:44
- DO shave in between treatments. This is the best way to quickly remove hair without damaging the root. Your beauty therapist will shave the area before applying the laser to your skin, anyway, as any visible hair will only get singed otherwise!
- DON'T apply heavy make-up for 24 hours after your laser treatment to avoid clogging the skin and causing breakouts. If you really have to, opt for mineral types, such as Jane Iredale, Inika and bareMinerals which let the skin 'breathe.'
- DO avoid sun exposure - and lay off the fake tan, too. Lasers are more compatible with paler skin-types, so, even though a tan looks great, it'll minimise the efficiency of the laser, preventing the energy from making its way to the root of the hair.
- DON'T wax, epilate or pluck your hair in between treatments as it removes the hair from the root. Lasers work because they are attracted to the hair's pigment underneath the skin and if it is completely gone, there won't be anything there for the laser to zap. If this is the case, you might have to wait up to another four weeks for the root to re-form until you can be treated again.
- DO wear a high factor SPF. After treatments, skin becomes more sensitive to UV rays, so always slather it in a high factor sunscreen to protect it from things like hyperpigmentation and sensitivity.
- DO exfoliate the area gently as it encourages the dead roots to fall out after every treatment and will make your skin look less bumpy and shadowy.
And if you prefer to DIY, here are the very best at-home laser hair removal systems on the market, approved by ELLE of course.