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Advancements in Chemical Peels
Written by Summer La Belle   

Peel your way to healthier skin!

As more and more advancements in non-invasive skincare treatments emerge, one centuries-old staple remains a favourite: chemical peels. However, it is not uncommon for the average beauty consumer to be put off by the idea of undergoing a peel. The name alone is enough to conjure up images of scorched cheeks and peeling skin.

The history of chemical peels dates back to 1500 B.C. in Egypt where, much like today, radiant and smooth-looking skin was a must among more affluent women, and sun damaged skin was a sign of lower rank in society. In the days before Botox and skin lasers, women used a variety of substances such as alabaster, oils, and salt to improve the skin. Many of us are familiar with Cleopatra, who was known to bathe in sour milk, a highly valued exfoliant containing lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid – the same acids commonly used today. But acid formulas and the professionals behind them have come a long way since their first debut. Not only are we finding versatility in the benefits of topical application; more results are being achieved with the discovery of potent, safe new peeling agents.

Custom Made for Your Skin

The evolution and development of chemical peels now provides skin practitioners an array of acids and enzymes to create and customize the perfect peel for almost all skin types and concerns. The chemical peel is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage and photo aging. By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin, hydration, pore size, blemishes, oil production and an overall healthier appearance to the skin.

Unwrapping the New Vitamin A "Infusion Peel"

A newer kind of peel to hit the market is called the Vitamin A Infusion Peel. Vitamin A is the powerhouse ingredient when it comes to anti-aging and collagen stimulation. The Vitamin A Infusion Peel utilizes the latest science and technology in skincare, combining concentrated vitamin A with custom blended enzymes and nutrients to heal, strengthen, protect and rejuvenate the skin. The Vitamin A Infusion Peel utilizes a concentrated form of retinaldehdye, the most potent and least irritating form of vitamin A. It is a great option for sensitive skin that cannot tolerate retinoic acid. The Vitamin A Infusion Peel is a great option for many skin concerns due to is customization. It is commonly used in the treatment of acne, rosacea, aging skin, UV damage, and helps to gently lighten pigmentation. Two major causes of aging skin are inflammation and decreased blood circulation. Infusion peels are capable of both reducing inflammation of the skin and improving blood flow.

A Closer Look at Four Advanced Peels

Let’s take a closer look at four of the more advanced peels available today:

  1. Peptide Sake Peel: The Peptide Sake Peel blends two regenerating formulations, Sake Peel and Vitamin A+ Peptide Peel, which increases hydration and regulates sebaceous activity. Skin will undergo a transformation, minimizing fine lines, firming slackened tissue, and improving overall skin texture. It will benefit any skin type.
  2. Hibiscus Flower Acid Peel: The Hibiscus Flower Acid Peel blends the next generation of AHAs with an enhanced Azelaic Mandelic Complex to induce cell turnover for renewed, freshened skin. It smoothes and evens the skin tone and balances oil production. This healing treatment provides more hydration than lactic acid while offering strong lightening benefits. Enhanced even more with phytic-pyruvic acid, this soothing peel stimulates collagen activity, and provides potent antioxidant benefits.
  3. Hot Tomato Peel: The tomato has many naturally occurring acids and antioxidants. The Hot Tomato Peel has anti-bacterial benefits, making this a specialized peel for problematic, oily, acne-prone skin. It is considered a mid-depth peeling agent and the skin will experience mild sloughing and increased exfoliation.
  4. Baby Boomer Peel: Don’t let the name fool you: this peel is great for all ages. The Baby Boomer Peel is custom blended and designed to improve skin discoloration, fine lines, coarse texture, enlarged pores and dull, lifeless skin. Skin will experience moderate to intense exfoliation for at least one week, and the appearance of your skin will continue to improve over several weeks. You will literally be peeling away the years.

Peel Your Way to Healthy Skin

Peels are cost effective, minimally invasive anti-aging treatments that produce excellent results, require little to no downtime, and have virtually no significant complications when performed by a skilled skin specialist. You can begin to see improvements after just one session; however, a series of treatments will bring significant visible change to the appearance of the skin. Your skin is one of the first impressions you present to the world, so start peeling your way to healthy skin today!

For treating a wide variety of skin concerns, peels may be the perfect option for you. However, it is crucial that you find a skilled practitioner to administer both chemical peels and infusion peels. To determine if you are a candidate for a peel, it is important to have a thorough consultation prior to any treatment to discuss your health and medical history as well as your goals and expectations.

Summer La Belle -

Summer La Belle is an advanced skincare and laser practitioner at SKN Holistic Rejuvenation Clinic in Yaletown. She has more than12 years experience in clinical skincare, with a strong focus on achieving skin and health-related goals with her clients. Summer excels in creating effective, tailored and attentive treatment plans for people seeking to improve not only the appearance of their skin, but the function of their skin at the cellular level, providing life-long results. www.sknclinic.ca

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