Facial Peels: What they do and why you need one

By now, you’ve probably seen celebrities like Alicia Keys gracing the covers of magazines flaunting their flawless, makeup-free complexions, boasting about how they’ll never wear makeup again. The simple secret behind their perfect skin? Facial peels!

What is a facial peel?

Facial peels are a procedure in which a chemical exfoliant is applied to the face for a deep exfoliating effect. The treatment penetrates below the skin’s surface to get rid of dead skin from the inside out. The first layer or two of the skin should peel off following the treatment, which is nowhere near as creepy as it sounds! There are plenty of different types of peels depending on your skin type, sensitivity levels, lifestyle factors, and skin concerns.

What skin concerns do facial peels help with?

Almost everything! Acne scars, discolouration, sun damage, wrinkles, dryness, enlarged pores, rosacea—you name it! Facial peels can help with a huge variety of skin concerns, and because there are so many types to choose from, there’s a peel for every skin type. Getting a peel every 4-6 weeks is ideal for keeping your skin looking glowy and radiant, but you’ll see amazing results after just one treatment.

What can I expect during and after my facial peel?

Your therapist will chat with you about which peel is right for your skin and will customise your treatment according to your skin type and concerns. After your treatment, depending which type of peel you chose, you may notice your skin starting to peel over the next few days—this is totally normal. You might be a little red after your treatment, but don’t worry—you won’t end up like Samantha from Sex and the City after her chemical-peel-gone-wrong! Your therapist will also talk you through the products you should use following your facial peel to ensure you end up with the best results possible.

What’s the difference between an at-home chemical peels vs. a professional chemical peel?

While there is an increasing number of at-home chemical peels available on the market, we always recommend coming into the salon for a professional chemical peel! The ingredients used in chemical peels are quite potent—to minimise any risk of injury, at-home peels are typically diluted and less effective than in-salon chemical peels. Chemical peels can also make your skin more sensitive than usual, especially to the sun. Professional beauty therapists can offer advice and product recommendations to protect your skin while it heals from the peel. Overall, professional chemical peels are much safer and more effective than at-home peels—while it might be tempting to save a little bit of money using an at-home peel, your skin will thank you for a professional peel!

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