WHAT ARE CHEMICAL PEELS?
A chemical peel removes the outer layers of skin by means of a chemical process. The peel breaks down the bonds that hold skin cells together, making them easier to remove or slough off on their own.
There are three types of chemical peels;
- Superficial or lunchtime peel: Alpha-hydroxy acid or enzyme peels is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands.
- Medium peel: Glycolic or Salicylic or Lactic acid is applied to penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths, i.e. actinic keratosis.
- Deep peel: Tricholoracetic acid (TCA) or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Clients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once.
At Kristyl, we use superficial and medium chemical peels such as enzyme peels, glycolic acid and lactic acid.
A peel can be beneficial for those with pimples, blackheads, acne, uneven skin colouring and winkles.
WHAT ARE GLYCOLIC PEELS?
Glycolic peels are simply a chemical peel that features glycolic acid as the main component. Part of the alpha hydroxyl family of natural ingredients, glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is a fruit acid. When applied to the skin, it helps to remove the bonds that holds the skin cells that are older, rougher and dryer on the surface. When it removes that top layer of skin, the fresh, new layer is visible. This peel is great for mild acne, dark marks, fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps the skin to be less oily.
Glycolic acid (depending on the strength used) is great for decongestant, oily/acne prone and aging skin but can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Wearing a medical-grade sunscreen with a minimum of 7% zinc oxide like EltaMD sunscreen is best for this type of treatment.
WHAT IS AN ENZYME PEEL?
An enzyme peel is a blend of natural fruit ingredients (enzymes) that dissolve dead skin cells, forcing the healthier/younger skin cells to shine through. This is called cellular renewal. Our cells renew themselves approximately every 28 days. The younger we are, the less time it takes but the older we get, the longer our cells take to replenish themselves. So, if we don’t exfoliate and resurface our skin on a regular basis, we get dull, dead skin that clogs our pores, making our complexion look older.
Enzyme peels help with acne, black heads, congestion, melasma/sun damage/hyper-pigmentation, dry/dehydrated/dull skin, anti-aging and balancing the skin. Everyone can benefit from these treatments. Another great and important benefit is that by sloughing off those dead skin cells, it makes it much easier for your active skin ingredients to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, working more effectively.
THE BLUE ENZYME PEEL
This peel is an exceptionally pleasant neutral fruit enzyme treatment that gently provides skin with the exfoliation-boosting effects of pineapple and papaya. With high concentrations of marine minerals to hydrate and smoothen skin’s texture, as well as antioxidants in the mix.
This peel is included as part of the Diamond Micro facial, this treatment is great for sun exposed skin, dark marks, blackheads and mild to moderate acne.
For more of a “PEELING” treatment, boost these enzymes with a glycolic peel treatment. It helps to have proper skincare products like kojic acid (lightens dark spots and redness) and retinol (great for oily/congested/aging skin) which helps make the treatment more aggressive.