For most, achieving glowing, radiant skin requires dedication and investment, with a tailored programme of in-clinic treatments and a professionally recommended skincare regime.
Though the benefits of actives such as vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol are well-known and easy to incorporate within a skincare regime, face peels can be a more daunting prospect. Thanks to previous incarnations that had severe side effects, acid peels have a bad reputation; but the latest generation of peels could become your hero products, offering transformational results to your skin.
In general, ingredients in at-home peels are present in lower concentrations, which ensure they do not penetrate the skin as deeply as their in-clinic peers. Generally speaking, face peels enhance skin exfoliation, stimulating collagen and elastin production to slow down the ageing process and rejuvenate the skin.
Peels can also be beneficial to the skin’s health, if you choose a product that is suited to your skin type. For instance, a glycolic acid peel plumps the skin by increasing glycosaminoglycans (such as hyaluronic acid), evens out the skin tone and helps to control oil; while a citric acid peel has antioxidant effects to fight environmental and sun damage. Those suffering from acne would benefit from a peel with salicylic acid as it can help reduce breakouts or a mandelic acid peel, which offers antibacterial properties. It is also possible to use different face peels on different areas of the face or selectively on certain areas that need some help.
But before you go shopping for a face peel, you should first consult with a dermatologist who can assess your skin and recommend the perfect peel for your skin type and condition. Most medical-grade peels should be used just once a week and remember, it may take a few weeks to notice any major skin improvements, especially if suffer from chronic conditions such as acne or hyperpigmentation.
Also, it’s important to remember that your skin may be more susceptible to UV when you use a peel, so always use a broad-spectrum SPF of minimum 30, along with an antioxidant serum to best protect your skin.