The process of a chemical peel can be a little intimidating. After all, the thought of putting chemicals on your skin until it blisters and peels off does sound like something out of a horror movie. On the other hand, the results of a glycolic peel — a type of chemical peel that uses glycolic acid to remove the top layer of skin — will make a believer out of you.
Make Like a Snake and Shed
The purpose of a chemical peel is to unveil the healthier layer of skin under your current top layer of mostly dead skin. Peeling away the superficial layer stimulates the production of new elastic and collagen to bring to the surface a softer, fresher you.
The theory behind chemical peels is that dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin over time. As a result, those zombie skin cells block your pores from ridding themselves of toxins. Think about it — the one too many margaritas you had on Cinco de Mayo or the extra glass of cab or two from your date last weekend are then trapped in your pores. And the results are not pretty.
When you free your pores by shedding that layer of skin, the results are dazzling. You’ll see younger-looking and more evenly toned skin with a radiant glow.
So I’m Putting Acid on My Skin?!
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about the kinds of acids that require a hazmat suit. Not to get too nerdy on you, but glycolic acid is actually a member of the alpha hydroxyl family of natural ingredients. In fact, glycolic acid, a fruit acid, comes from sugar cane.
When you put glycolic acid on your skin, it works to break the “glue” that keeps your old, blotchy, and rough skin hanging around on the surface. It can work not only on the face but also on the neck and hands. Once that damaged layer is gone, you can expect benefits such as:
• Fewer fine lines around the mouth and eyes
• Softer, fresher-looking skin
• Improved spots and wrinkles related to aging and sun damage
• Reduced appearance of mild scars
• Treats less serious forms of acne
• Minimized age spots, dark patches (known as melasma), and freckles caused by contraception or pregnancy
Ready to see the wonders of a chemical peel for yourself? Make an appointment for a glycolic peel with one of the aestheticians at Bella Vita Salon & Spa.