Winterize Your Skin with a Chemical Peel
- Posted on: Jan 30 2019
Winters in our area can get pretty dry and frigid, and this is hard on the skin. When the air is naturally devoid of moisture and we rely on heaters to warm our homes and offices, dermal tissue is put through the wringer. The idea of a chemical peel to pamper dry, irritated skin may sound counter-productive. It’s not. Here, we discuss how chemical peels work and what they can do to improve your skin throughout the winter months.
How a Chemical Peel Works
The purpose of a chemical peel is to speed up the turnover of the skin cells that make up the outermost layer of skin. When a precision chemical solution is applied to the skin for a controlled period of time, cells on the surface are dislodged so they can fall off naturally. This is a great thing because the cells that adhere to the epidermis are damaged if not altogether dead. By removing these cells, fresh new cells get to come up to the surface where they belong.
Why would we want this?
You may wonder why there is any need at all to remove cells that will eventually fall off on their own. Well, in many cases, the speed at which this happens is no better than a snail’s pace. When dead and damaged cells sit on the epidermis, they dull your complexion. Damaged cells are also those that have been damaged by the sun, appearing as dark spots on the skin. Finally, dead and damaged cells make the skin feel rough rather than soft and smooth. When unhealthy cells cover the skin’s surface, lines and wrinkles appear more visible, too.
Removing cellular debris with a chemical peel can do a lot for your skin, including:
- Clear breakouts and decrease factors that may lead to future breakouts.
- Increase skin moisture so it is plumper and smoother.
- Reveal healthier cells that are more vibrant and elastic.
- Decrease the appearance of scars, sun damage, and pigment problems.
- Make it easier for quality skincare products to be absorbed into the epidermis.
Winter is an excellent time for chemical peels because the skin can benefit greatly from the gentle but powerful exfoliation, yes, but there’s more. A chemical peel is best performed at a time when UV exposure is less frequent and less intense, as it is at this time of year.
A chemical peel may be far gentler than you have imagined. Many peels performed today cause no more side effects than minor redness and flaking that lasts a day or two.
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