Glycolic acid can improve your skin tremendously and assist in age-related problem reversals, such as reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, evening out skin tone, hydrating dry skin, and also improving blocked pores and acne. But, in order to reap the benefits of this skin therapy, it's important to know how chemical peels work and how to decide if this is best option for your skin!
During the peel experience, a smoothing layer of glycolic acid is applied to the skin to act as an exfoliant. It works by loosening the matter that attaches the skin cells to one another. By undoing these connections, the uppermost layer of skin is detached much sooner than it would under normal circumstances, causing a clearing of the pores. This results in smoother skin and a younger-looking complexion. From regenerating collagen to thickening the epidermis and evening skin tone, glycolic acid tends to yield the most dramatic and desired results due to the fact that it's the smallest of all the acids.
The most common peel strength to start at with glycolic acid is 30%. However, even this amount can be slightly irritating to skin when first starting out which is why glycolic acid peels are designed for the experienced skin care consumer familiar with exfoliation. Be sure to start out slowly if you have never done a skin or chemical peel with glycolic acid and take note of how your skin responds. For older or thicker skin, some individuals need to go higher and use the 50% glycolic peel and also apply it more to attain noticeable effects. To see the most noticeable results it is recommended that peels be done regularly and at least once a month! Be sure to always consult with your esthetician or treatment provider at the start of the appointment to address your specific skin concerns and any prior adverse reactions or sensitivities.
It is recomended that if using a retinol product you discontinue use two weeks prior to this peel. Alexis Wolfer, founder and Editor-in-Cheif of The Beauty Bean also suggests, "If you’re using products with Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid or any alpha and beta hydroxy acid, discontinue use for 2-3 days prior to peel to prevent an adverse skin reaction such as irritation, redness, swelling, itchiness or burning. Also, avoid sun exposure the day of the peel."
Just because you're getting a "peel" doesn't mean your skin needs to actually peel! Even though earlier acid-based exfoliating peel versions often resulted in visible sloughing away of skin, current prevailing formulas include a mixture of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. This combination leaves skin renewed, glowing, and radiant rather than the flaking that can result from products with a single hydroxy acid at a high concentration.
If you instantly associate the phrase "chemical peel" with Samantha's Sex and the City experience, don't worry. Chemical peels that can cause these side effects are penetrating the skin at a much deeper level that requires a medical license to perform. It's not the intensity you would find in a spa environment.
Isn't it time you got back to the skin you were born with? The best part is the results are instant and there is no down time after the Glycolic Peel experience at Elliven Spa!