Do you want to achieve radiant skin? Our skincare experts at Skinfluencer can help make that journey easy
The journey to radiant skin is rarely smooth and for most of us, it requires not just in-clinic treatments but a carefully curated skincare regime. While we may be familiar with the brightening properties of vitamin C and the anti-aging magic of a retinol, face peels can be more difficult to navigate and are often an off-putting prospect. Unfortunately, acid peels have a bad reputation thanks to the side effects of the past (hello hamburger skin!) but the latest generation of at-home peels could become the unsung heroes of your skincare routine.
Generally, at-home peels include actives at lower concentrations, which do not penetrate the skin so deeply and so are gentler on the skin than their in-clinic counterparts. When applied to the skin, face peels such as Invisapeel by ZO Skin Health stimulate exfoliation, which decreases cellular turnover time and promotes collagen and elastin production to slow down the ageing process, leaving skin looking more youthful.
Not only do peels improve the appearance of the skin, but they can also be beneficial to the skin’s health, provided 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 pore size and breakouts or a mandelic acid peel, which has antibacterial properties.
When using an at-home peel, it is best to first consult with a skincare expert who can assess your skin, recommend the perfect peel for your skin type and condition, and explain how to incorporate it into your routine safely. It is entirely normal to experience a tingling sensation when using the peel, but if you experience a harsher side effect such as prolonged heat or redness, you should discontinue use immediately. Most medical-grade peels should be used maximum once a week and depending on your skin condition, it may take a few weeks, or even months, to notice any significant improvements to the skin, especially if you have acne or hyperpigmentation. Finally, your skin may be more susceptible to UV and environmental damage post-peel, so to ensure it is adequately protected, use a broad-spectrum SPF of minimum 30, along with an antioxidant serum.
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