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Confused by what facial peels are? Do they make your skin actually flake and peel off? Facial peels often have no visible peeling affect at all, which is why we’re here to unpuzzle your puzzlement.
The chemical peel is one of the oldest cosmetic procedures in the world, and was performed in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to help people achieve smoother, more beautiful skin. Today, facial peels are popular because they offer nearly immediate results.
Peels are simply another form of exfoliation. They remove dead skin cells mainly through the use of acids which loosen the bonds between cells and dissolve dead skin away. As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid – to act younger.
Professional Exfoliators are designed to give great results, without unwanted downtime like medical grade peels. This time of year is perfect to introduce your clients to a series of peels. With the weather being colder everyone tends to stay inside more often so you have a reduced risk of exposing your skin to unwanted UV rays. It also gives us the chance to promote the desquamation of the dull, dry and dead cells that have accumulated over the cold winter months. By starting a series of peels at this time of year this allows our clientele to enter spring with a more radiant, youthful appearance, leaving our dull winter skin behind.
Unlike scrubs, peel ingredients are absorbed by the skin, targeting deeper layers of skin cells. Acids are a common ingredient in facial peels like Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA).
AHA’s are mild, naturally occurring acids like glycolic, lactic and mandelic acids. A great choice for dry skin, AHA’s exfoliate the skin surface while improving hydration.
BHA’s are a little stronger and penetrate into the follicle to exfoliate and clear the congestion causing potential acne lesions. BHA’s like salicylic acid, are recommended for oily, problem skin.
It is an effective treatment for facial blemishes, wrinkles, and uneven skin pigmentation. They exfoliate the outer layers of dead skin, revealing a new skin layer with improved tone, texture and color. In addition to full facial rejuvenation, certain types of skin peels can also be used for spot treatments and as a way to remove stretch marks or rejuvenate skin elsewhere on the body.
Although it is not possible to turn back the hands of time, the effects of aging can be dramatically slowed down and improved. The natural aging process generally produces lines and wrinkles, age spots, and pigmentation concerns, broken capillaries, dull skin texture and color, and other skin flaws. Previously unnoticeable features such as scars can become more apparent as wrinkles form around them. Sun damage compounds the aging process. Ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates all the layers of skin, including those that fortify it and lend it resilience. Anti-aging creams and topical products only treat the milder symptoms of aging, such as damage to the skin’s uppermost layers.
Peels can enhance your skin – and the action of skincare products. Your skincare products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration.
An ideal candidate for a peel is in good physical health, understands the procedure, and has realistic expectations of the outcome.
With the TheraGenesis peel line we offer a gentle treatment that will deliver a healthier skin over time with a dramatic and consistent outcome. With the layering system of the peels both you and the client have control of how many layers and levels of concentration goes so the client so they do not have to experience any discomfort during the process. The peels will create a mild inflammatory response in the skin which will help increase the overall cellular turnover in the skin as well as assist in corneocyte desquamation by helping dissolve the intercellular cement. Each peel product; Luminosite, Renovar, Clarity and Delicate have their own unique formulas to assist with the skin concerns specific to your clientele.
So, if the skin is in need of renewing, we recommend you start by generating cellular turnover. It is important to have a discussion with your clientele to find a balance between professional treatments and at home maintenance to achieve the best results. We do however, strongly suggest that you exfoliate no more than 2-3 times per week with the gentler options such as mechanical scrubs and low concentration AHA and BHA micro- exfoliants. Most importantly you will need to educate and reinforce the importance of using UVA and UVB protection all year round, but particularly during and after the peels process. To ensure best results, as a skin therapist guide you clientele through their required needs following a thorough consultation.