What is a chemical peel and how does it help my skincare routine?

In the beauty and aesthetics industry, certain skincare treatments can obtain a lot of hype, therefore making them on-trend. With a broad range of treatment options available, chemical peels are one of the most sought-after treatments, and in today’s blog, we look at the reasons why.

When people enquire Chemical Peels, they often wonder what it is and how the treatment can help with your skincare routine. Before we start, we need to remind our readers about some facts about the skin.

  • The skin is the largest organ on our body, and there are three layers to the skin.
  • The epidermis is the top layer of the skin, the part of the skin you see.
  • The dermis is the second layer of skin. It’s much thicker and does a lot for your body.
  • Subcutaneous fat is the bottom layer.
  • Skin equates to around 15% off your overall body weight, and your skin renews itself every 28 to 30 days.

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel consists of a liquid solution that is applied to your face. In essence, it is very similar to a face mask; however, it’s made out of various chemicals designed to remove dead skin cells and improve new cell growth. The solution solidifies when on your face, and then gently removed off when the treatment is over.

At Renewed Skin Aesthetics, we use and sell the award-winning, medical-grade skincare range, called AlumierMD. Our chemical peels are made up of medical-grade ingredients, including salicylic acid, lactic acid, resorcinol, and vitamin A. These ingredients combine to offer skin resurfacing, which supports the removal of old and dead skin that lies on the epidermis layers of your skin. The overall effect leaves you with brighter skin that looks young and fresh and in turn, supports the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, and scarring.

What types of Chemical Peels are available?

  • You will see three main types of chemical peels:
  • Medium
  • Deep

Both superficial and medium chemical peels are less intense and only target the uppermost layers of your skin, without any active medical-grade ingredients; this doesn’t offer much of a facial peel. A superficial chemical peel will remove the outer layer of your skin, the epidermis. It can be repeated every 2-4 weeks, as the treatment isn’t aggressive. This typically helps with common skin issues such as dryness, acne/spots, scarring and fine lines and wrinkles.

A medium chemical peel is very similar; only it also targets the upper part of the middle layer of your skin, the epidermis and dermis layers. So, it goes one level deeper than the epidermis. As a result, it offers longer-lasting results for the same issues mentioned above. Due to the slightly more aggressive nature, you should wait a few months between medium chemical peel treatments.

Finally, you have a deep chemical peel. This is the most thorough option and is often the most popular. The chemical solution goes deep into your skin and targets the lower layer. It’s perfect for people with profound wrinkles or scars that have been present for a long time. The main difference between this and the other two peels is that you only need a deep chemical peel a few times. It presents very long-lasting results that are permanent in most cases.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

Chemical peels offer many potential benefits for your skin. Most people will see noticeable differences after one treatment. Your skin improves its vitality due to dead cells being removed (which high street toners can’t do). This can enhance your skin tone and improve its texture while also offering more skin clarity.

Also, chemical peels are excellent for treating breakouts and removing scars or fine lines, which also clears up your complexion and can leave you with smoother skin. Perhaps the best thing about chemical peels is how they interact with your skin cells. They encourage collagen reproduction, which ensures your skin grows to be healthy with further supporting the regrowth of elasticity, preventing wrinkles and sagging skin.

Chemical Peels would naturally fit alongside your existing skincare routine. It’s not something you would have done every week. Remember, your skin renews every 28 to 30 days.
So, it could be a once a month treat to remove the excess dead skin. Most people opt for chemical peels when they struggle to see results using regular beauty products. Facials, for example, which only focuses on removing the superficial skin layers. Chemical Peels are also considered as an excellent alternative to more invasive cosmetic procedures.

What should you know before getting a chemical peel? (Risks & Costs)

Chemical peels don’t present any risks; however, customers must contraindicate to ensure they can have a chemical peel. Also, you should avoid having a peel if you have any damaged / open wounded skin or severe skin conditions. The abrasive nature of the chemicals could aggravate your skin problems and cause more harm than good. It’s always wise to get a professional consultation with an expert before paying for chemical peel treatments and always do your homework on if this treatment is for you or not.

As for any side effects, most people experience increased skin sensitivity for a few days/weeks after the treatment. Your skin may also feel quite warm or itchy immediately after. Your Practitioner will recommend/advise you wear a good SPF moisturiser to prevent irritation and to protect your sensitive skin from the sun as it recovers.

The costs of a chemical peel vary based on providers and the products used. Our AlumierMD Chemical Peel costs £130 for a one-hour treatment. For context, the average prices in the UK are anywhere between £60-500, depending on the type of chemical peel used. Please factor in that cheaper peels will not use active ingredients or be medical based, meaning there will be no scientific evidence behind it.

Contact Us for A Free Consultation

If you are interested in improving your skincare routine, contact us today. We have free consultations available via our website, and we welcome men and women of all skin types and tones.   We stock the AlumierMD Skincare range, meaning you have access to medical-grade products for your skin. If you want to learn more, subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates and exclusives offers.

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