At home superficial peels are similar to a mild exfoliation.
And whilst they won’t permanently resolve your skin problems, they can make your skin appear brighter.
A little like a glass of good wine, at the end of a stressful day.
Benefits of Superficial Skin Peeling
Peels assist the skin; they encourage the natural process of exfoliation.
They weaken the inter-cellular glue that binds dead skin cells together, helping the skin to learn to provide for itself again.
- They unclog pores
- Remove blackheads
- Clear out stubborn pores
- Restore a youthful glow
- Make skin feel smoother
- Improve surface imperfections
- Lift away stubborn flaky patches
Used at home, they are ideal for preparing the skin for penetration of nourishing actives.
Superficial Skin Peeling Treatments
There are a couple of popular ingredients, you may want to consider:
Glycolic acid, is a highly water soluble alpha hydroxy acid, its popularity is due to its molecular weight being so small, which allows for rapid penetration.
In formulations it can be neutralised, which slows down its penetration into the skins tissues.
The un-buffered peeling solution is the safest form of glycolic, that causes fewer traumas to the skin.
This ingredient is oil soluble, providing a nice contrast to water soluble glycolic acid.
It has keratolytic properties, which means it is able to penetrate deep into the pores, unplugging pores that are full of oil and dirt.
Salicylic Acid is a self-neutralising ingredient, meaning it has great anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect for a sensitive skin.
- For home use, make sure it contains no more than ten percent acid, five percent is ideal
- Carry out a small patch test twenty four hours before the treatment
- Do the patch test on your inner arm, if your skin burns or gets really irritated do not use
- Thoroughly cleanse the skin before application
- Apply with a small brush and leave it on for ten minutes, if the skin starts to tingle or burn, water should be instantly applied, this will neutralise the acid and end the chemical reaction
- Next rinse the skin with cold water
- Apply a moisturiser
- Finally don’t forget to apply your sunscreen
THE NAKED TRUTH
As a qualified aesthetician, I prefer not to use peels in my practice, just because of the trauma it causes on the skin.
So if you are carrying out superficial peels at home, please use with care, because you can easily OD on these chemicals.
If you’re just pouring a formula onto a cotton ball, it is easy to overwhelm the skin.
Instead look for a peel that delivers the same amount of acid every time.
I suggest using one that comes on pre-soaked pads, or in a controlled delivery system.
If you suffer from sensitive skin, I recommend against the use of superficial peels.