Winter can be a beautiful season, except for when it wreaks havoc on your skin, turning that gorgeous glow into a distant memory. If you’ve tried to combat dryness and flaking with lotions and potions but nothing seems to help, it might be time to take the next step and give your skin a little extra love with a facial peel.
A peel works like an industrial exfoliation, removing the top layers of the skin to expedite cell turnover and reveal a fresh face with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. For those with acne prone skin, a peel can also remove oil buildup, unclogging pores for a smoother, more refined texture. A peel generally doesn’t require any downtime and can be applied at a spa or dermatologist’s office in about an hour.
While a peel has many benefits, it can be tough to know which kind is right for your skin type. Peels generally fit into two categories: enzyme and chemical. Enzymes occur naturally in fruits such as papaya and pineapple, as well as in pumpkin. They are activated by water and help to break down the protein build-up in the skin, eating away at dead cells just like Pac-man chows down on pac-dots. Chemical peels are derived from alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and unlike enzymes, AHA’s penetrate the skin and dissolve the bonds that attach old dead skin cells to fresh new ones. The most popular types of AHA peels are lactic acid, which is derived from milk, and glycolic acid, which is derived from sugarcane.
So if you want to try a peel, which one is right for you?
An enzyme peel is the gentlest of the peels and is best for people with sensitive skin. Enzymes work well to speed up the natural cell regeneration process, plus they only take away dead cells and can be used more regularly than some of the other peels.
If your skin isn’t very sensitive, a lactic acid peel might be for you. Lactic is the milder of the two acid solutions and works wonderfully to even out skin texture and fade hyperpigmentation or dark spots on the face. If you’ve never had a chemical peel before, you might want to start with a lactic acid peel to see how your skin reacts before trying a more powerful acid.
Finally, there is the glycolic peel which has the smallest molecular structure of the peels and can get deeper down through the layers of the skin. This type of people is best for people who have sun damaged skin and would like to boost their collagen production to prevent aging.
No matter which peel you choose, it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified aesthetician or dermatologist before trying a new treatment. When making an appointment, let the front desk staff know it’s your first time having a peel, and let the technician administering the peel know about any skin care issues, concerns or allergies that you may have.
Did you know that Body by Brooklyn is offering 20% off all peels and microdermabrasion for the entire month of January? To find out more and book your appointment, visit our Specials page.