When you think of skin peels, your first mental image may be of a sunburn aftermath, watching your skin painfully peel itself away to reveal the lower layers. Skin peels today are very different than the accidental sunburn, though: These acid based skin treatments are a healthy and safe way to slough the dead skin away to reveal the young, fresh looking skin below.
Skin peels use acids, especially alpha and beta hydroxy acids, to gently dissolve the dead skin cells that may be clogging up your face and causing acne and other problems. The interesting thing about skin peels is that they don’t have to cause visible peeling. While some of the older versions of skin peels actually required you to peel a mask off your face, today’s acid based skin peels are gently rubbed into the face until the product starts to ball up. Inside these tiny balls is your dead skin cells. You simply wash the face completely to remove the product, along with all the dead skin, from your face.
The acid peel process is quite painless. You may notice a slightly redder look in your skin in the day just after the peel. Ideally, you should avoid excess sunlight for the first day or so since your fresh new skin is particularly sensitive at this time.
The main thing that most people notice about skin peels is a certain glow. Many people comment that they look considerably younger, or that they appear to be more rested even when they haven’t quite had enough sleep. Skin peels help undo the environmental damage that we subject the face to each day, in an easy way!