OVERVIEW OF PEELS
A peel refers to a chemical peel. There are three major chemical peel categories defined by what acid is used. They are: Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid.
The purpose of a peel is to remove the top layers of skin to reveal new virgin skin beneath. They clear away sun damage, dry skin and can reduce fine lines. They will have no effect on thread veins.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH PEELS
A therapist will test some of the acid on a portion of your body that is both sensitive and discreet such as behind the ear. If this is satisfactory, you will return a day or so later for a full peel. Initial peels will be a low concentration and have a subtler effect. The therapist paints the acid on your face. It will burn and they may use a hand-held fan to cool the skin. The acid is neutralised after about 5 minutes and the skin cleaned with water. You are directed to use sunscreen no matter what the time of year; not to use creams or makeup for 24 hours; and to drink water. The skin will be red and possibly sore to touch but this will pass in a day or so, revealing clear, smoother skin.
BENEFITS OF PEELS
It is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate skin. It tightens, clears and smoothes skin.
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE OF PEELS
It may be painful when the acid is on the face; it is after all designed to burn your skin. You will become very photosensitive and need to wear a very high sun factor to avoid being sunburnt, even in winter.