Facial peels are great tools to add to your skincare regimen, but you must use them correctly and pick the right one for the job. Let’s take a look at the broad types of facial peels available and who should use them.
Superficial Facial Peel
This type of facial peel is best for, you guessed it, superficial fixes. Surface discolorations, rough patches and dry spots can benefit from this type of peel as it can help resurface the most superficial skin. Superficial peels are generally less aggressive than the other ones, so if required, you could use them multiple times a week. As always, review the packaging and product recommendations on frequency to ensure you aren’t overexposing your skin. It’s also important to recognize that many facial peels act as exfoliators so on a day when you decide to do a peel, you may want to avoid using other exfoliating products in the same routine. For this reason, it is good to have a cleanser that is gentle and non-exfoliating on hand, especially if your usual cleanser is an exfoliating one.
Medium peels are the best ones to target signs of aging. They penetrate a bit deeper and often contain antiaging ingredients like collagen and even retinol. The more intense your peel, the more you need to protect your skin afterwards – although this applies to any level of exfoliating. This means a nourishing moisturizer and sunscreen. Retinoids break down quickly in sunlight, so if you use them at all in any of your daytime skin products, sunscreen is the only thing that will prevent them from losing their efficacy. For this reason, retinol-based products and facial peels are best used at night.
Deep Facial Peels
Deep peels address even deeper skin issues such as age spots and scarring. Deep facial peels are best utilized at night because they can leave your skin quite sensitive afterward. A deep peel will also leave your skin ready to receive and absorb all the wonderful nutrients and moisturizers from your serum, essences and lotions. Deep facial peels should not be performed frequently as it can leave your skin overly sensitive. Sensitive skin that is not protected can begin to break out and flake. Deep peels should be used once a month, and only if required. Many skin issues can be adequately addressed with superficial or medium peels. If you have any skin conditions that you see a dermatologist for, you should consult with them before using any type of peel.
Facial peels are a great weapon against the early signs of aging, and they help resurface, tighten and brighten your skin. Be sure you select the right facial peel for the outcome you want. Consider your skin type and any skin conditions you may have first. Always follow the directions and recommendations provided on the product you choose. Using facial peels too often can damage your skin and have the opposite result of what you intended. If you have any doubts or concerns, speak to your dermatologist before using a peel. Contact us more details.