With all the toxins in our environment, it’s hard to imagine how putting chemicals on our face that peel off our skin is safe, beautifying and/or healthy. The very idea of it evokes fear and negativity. However, if you think about it, almost everything has a chemical composition, from the food we eat, the furniture we sit on, the clothing we wear, to the human body.
Although there are synthetic peels, most of them are derived from natural sources. To name just a few, salicylic acid is from the wintergreen plant and glycolic acid is from sugar cane. There is a family of fruit acids known as alpha hydroxy acid. Malic acid: malic acid is from apples; tartaric acid is from grapes. Imagine that, skin care in a wine glass!
How Can a Chemical Peel Improve My Skin?
You might ask yourself, ”Why would I ever want to get a peel?” Chemical peels in any strength are beneficial to your skin. By removing cellular buildup and stimulating skin regeneration, peels will offer measurable improvement in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, pore size, and oil production while clearing blemishes and improving the skin’s texture, tone and hydration. Your skin takes on a more vibrant appearance! Chemical peels may be especially beneficial in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage and photoaging. They can help maintain healthy skin and correct previous damage. Over time, regardless of lifestyle (although a huge factor in aging) our skin begins to change. Fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and loss of elasticity (sagging) become more visible starting as early as your late twenties. So I say, “Why wouldn’t you?” BTW, you can peel other body parts too! Oooh……
Just about every skin type can benefit from a chemical peel. The important questions are what level peel did you sign up for and is it a light/progressive peel, mid-depth or medical strength (the infamous Sex In The City peel)? Do you know how to take care of your skin while it is healing? Are you aware of the time it takes to heal, if any? Be sure you're not getting married, have your high school reunion or special event, within a week of receiving the peel. If you have ethnic skin, is your practioner familiar with peeling this skin type?
Jennifer Swink, M.A.P.C., has her B.S. in Health Psychology and her Masters in Art Professional Counseling with an emphasis in Mind/Body Medicine. A Licensed Medical Aesthetician and Certified Laser Operator, she is also Certified in Nutrition and Weight Management and Advanced Medical Aesthetics at the Skin and Makeup Institute.
Jennifer has taken her unique skill-set of over 20 years to pursue her passion for health, nutrition, aesthetics, skin care, dermal rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments. Jennifer’s philosophy about beauty encompasses mind and body, and she believes the process to healthy revitalization is both internal and external. You can find Jennifer at
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