The leaves are falling, the weather is cooling, and football season is here! In other words, everything around you is transitioning, and so should your fall skincare. Your skin now has less stress from UV radiation, allowing you more room to look into treating yourself with a chemical peel.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel session consists of applying an acidic solution to your face to remove the build-up of dead cells and promote the growth of new cells. The three types of skin peels are:
- Superficial peels: dead cells are removed from the top layer of your skin only.
- Medium peels: dead cells are removed from the top and middle layers.
- Deep peels: dead cells are removed from all accessible layers of the skin. A sedative or local anesthetic may be used as well as the peeling solution.
The first two types are safe for most people as they’re non-permanent. Because of this, they need to be done on a timely basis. Deep peels, on the other hand, last long periods of time and carry a higher risk. This also means they can be more than five times the price of superficial and medium peels.
What are the benefits and risks of chemical peels?
The benefits of a skin peel are broad. By removing dead skin cells, damaged upper layers of skin are also removed. This liberates younger skin underneath, leading to many cosmetic benefits. Wrinkles are reduced, skin tone is corrected, skin texture is smoother and more refined, overall leading to a more vibrant and youthful appearance. Other benefits include eliminating acne scars and age spots. Deep chemical peels offer more than just cosmetic benefits, by having the ability to remove growths that could possibly lead to skin cancer.
All versions of skin peels cause initial discomfort. Superficial peels cause slight skin tightness for a few hours; medium peels can cause stinging and reddening that will disappear in a few days; deep peels can cause longer-lasting swelling and discomfort.
Skin peels go brilliantly for most people, though it is important to be aware of potential risks. There can be changes to skin coloration and sun sensitivity. The latter can be avoided with regular use of sunscreen (in Fall, there’s a much lower level of UV radiation – but you still need sunscreen!)
Why is Fall the best time for a skin peel?
Over the Summer, the sun that you enjoyed so much has left your skin with degraded collagen and weakened elastin. Skin peels will allow you to have glowing and healthy-looking skin that won't leave you reaching for foundation every morning. Skincare professionals recommend having a chemical peel annually to contribute to great skin, and Fall is the best time for you to choose!
Different people have different skin. Have a friendly chat with your skincare professional and see what will suit you best. Whichever one you receive, enjoy having gorgeous skin!