Written by Avery Samuels, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD
Why You Should Have Your Chemical Peel in Winter
Winter is a busy time for Aesthetic Clinics like Juvly and while many are not aware of it, scheduling treatments when there is less chance of sun-damage makes a lot of sense! Procedures like chemical peels, laser treatments, and microneedling require a lot of protection against sun exposure post-op because healing skin is extremely susceptible to issues like hyper or hypopigmentation. These procedures are perfect for fine lines and wrinkles, acne management, acne scars, and other skin conditions.
During spring and summer, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays wreak havoc on unprotected skin and can cause:
– formation and deepening of lines and wrinkles,
– hyperpigmentation (and worsening of freckles, melasma, sunspots),
– dryness, and
– the exacerbation of acne conditions.
Chemical peels, lasers, and microneedling all cause controlled damage to the skin. This stimulates the skin to produce more collagen which results to more supple, thicker skin, with a smoother texture since the top-most cells are removed.
Which Peel is Perfect for Me?
Chemical peels can be light, medium or strong, depending on the skin condition. Ironically these peels are pretty much like sunburn – making the skin sensitive and prone to even more damage if you choose a peel that is not right for your skin or if you aren’t careful with post-treatment care. Chemical peels composed of AHAs, BHAs, lactic acid, and the like break up the linkages between cells and this frees the older, more cornified cells, allowing for faster renewal. As skin peels, the younger cells are uncovered. New skin is smoother, more evenly toned, with diminished lines, and smaller pores. However, it is also fragile and likely to burn faster even in winter months. Unlike home DIY peels, professional peels done at the clinic are safe and closely monitored. Sweat, an irritant for newly treated skin is minimized during the winter months – a great thing during the healing process.
SKINMEDICA ILLUMINIZE PEEL
The SkinMedica Illuminize Peel is the mildest peel and is recommended for those who have never had peels before. It’s the perfect peel for those with mild imperfections. After a week you expect to look more refreshed with brightened skin.
SKINMEDICA VITALIZE PEEL
The SkinMedica Vitalize Peel is a stronger peel and is great for those who’ve had peels before or who want to accelerate the exfoliation process. It is best for those with moderate skin imperfections.
SKINMEDICA REJUVENIZE PEEL
The Rejuvenize Peel is the strongest of the three SkinMedica peels. It is appropriate for those with moderate and serious skin lesions and deeper lines and wrinkles.
Aside from SkinMedica’s award-winning products, we also offer PCA, and Glytone professional grade skin care lines. Just like SkinMedica, the PCA line also has three strengths – Sensi (mildest), Ultra, and Ultra Forte. Glytone has various strengths and compositions such as 50% or 30% Glycolic Acid, 50% Pyruvic Acid, 40% Mandel Acid, and 20% Lactic Acid/Salicylic Acid Peel. Chemical peels take about 20 minutes and can be repeated every 6 weeks. Microdermabrasion or dermaplane can be added to enhance the absorption of the chemicals.