If you're asking yourself: “Do I really need to prep my skin before a chemical peel?”
My answer would be a major, shout-from-the-rooftops,
“Yes: skin prep for chemical peels is a real thing!”
And here’s why…
Your skin is delicate and needs a lot of love...from you.
Especially if you’re new to receiving skincare treatments of any kind (facials, peels, laser, etc.).
Now, let’s talk about skin prep for chemical peels…
Why Do I Need to Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?
If you’re a newbie to professional skin care treatments like facials, peels and/or lasers of any kind – consider your skin prep-worthy.
Now, if you believe yourself to be an expert and have your medical aesthetician on speed dial than skin prep can take on a different meaning.
But let’s just say you’re new to any in-office treatments for your skin, or it’s been a while since you’ve seen your favorite skincare expert...
Think of your skin like a hot date – you prepare like crazy don’t you?
You take a long bath or shower.
You find the right outfit.
You take extra time to get all fancy.
You might even find yourself eating healthier and guzzling water more than usual.
Because you want to put your best “face” forward, right?
Well, that’s a lot like skin prep...
Because you want your in-office “date” to go as well as expected…
You want the treatment to work smarter, not harder.
And that’s why you skin prep.
Ok…you know WHY you prep your skin, but exactly HOW do you do that?
How Do I Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?
First and foremost -- if you’re not working with a skincare professional right now, this is definitely the time to start researching and testing out consultations with those in your area.
Every skin type and person are different, so a thorough skin analysis should help whomever you’re working with lead you in the right direction for your skin.
Ok, you’ve met with your skin care expert and a chemical peel(s) is recommended.
(4) Skin Prep Tips for Chemical Peels:
1. Stop the Sun Damage
For the (not) love of sunspots, hyperpigmentation and all things sun damage – get out of the sun! If it’s summertime, grab a hat, loads of sunscreen and learn to love the shade. Nothing adds more damage to your skin quicker than the sun.
So, give your skin a break and prep it by loving the sun indoors or in some major shade.
2. Enzyme Peels
Enzyme peels are perfect pre-treatments to chemical peels.
The enzyme peel (a blend of natural fruit ingredients) works as a gentle exfoliant to remove the top layer of skin and helps speed up cell turnover.
This peel can instantly help your skin look glowing and fresh and ready for other skincare treatments.
This naturally occurring form of Vitamin A (retinol) targets cell turnover and aids in skin exfoliation.
If you haven’t noticed, exfoliating those dead skin cells is a big step in skin prep and retinols are excellent in that department.
This procedure – you guessed it – is an exfoliation ninja.
A sterile, surgical scalpel is used to “shave” the surface of the skin. Dermaplaning gently removes dead skin and “peach fuzz” hair off the top layer of skin.
Leaving you with skin that is fresh and ready to absorb all the good stuff that can aide in skincare and healthy aging.
To Sum It Up
If you’re thinking about upping your skincare game make sure you consult with your favorite skincare professional and let them guide you with the best course of action for your individual skin.
When skin prep is recommended keep in mind that can include everything from enzyme peels to dermaplaning.
And one of the best options you can choose for your skin – prep or no prep – is to watch how long you’re in the sun and make shade and sunscreen your friend.
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