Chemical Peels- What are they & Who are they for???

Do you love the idea of smoother, brighter, more youthful looking skin, but shudder at the thought of the steps to get you there?

Does the thought of doing a peel send you running in the other direction? Trust us when we say that we have been there too. We feel that when you know the ins and outs of the process...it will make this vital step of keeping your skin in tip top shape much less terrifying.

We decided to bring in the experts on this blog to answer the most pressing questions about chemical peels. Our esthetician Lauren has been delivering and receiving this service for quite some time. She has seen the benefits of this service first hand. 

Here is what she had to say about some common questions for all things chemical peels:

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What exactly is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a service performed by either a licensed esthetician or a dermatologist by using specific chemicals and acids to improve the appearance of the face, neck and hands. It helps to speed up our skin cell life (the faster we make "new" skin, the younger we look- who doesn't want that?!?). Peels help reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and blotchy skin. All while also improving texture and acne. Pretty much magic in a bottle! 

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Acids on my face?!? Doesn't that hurt? 

That question is VERY subjective! The pain threshold for one person may be significantly different to the next. The strength of the peel also plays a HUGE role in the pain level. But, yes, there is some discomfort when receiving this service. Generally, it will feel like tiny bee stings for a few minutes then that sensation will subside. We do our best to minimize the discomfort of our clients and will remove the peel if it ever feels intolerable. 

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So....when you say peel...what do you mean by that? 

DON'T Google chemical peels! Ha! We don't do that to you (unless you ask for it). Most of those photos are extreme examples of this service. But, you will peel. It can vary from a light flaking to heavy peeling. Think of it more like a mild sunburn peeling. Most clients will experience a heavier amount of peeling for a window of 48 hours, with an additional 48-72 hours of mild flaking. You may not feel very glamorous for a few days, but trust us...the results are totally worth it!!! 

Both of our estheticians offer this service as an add on to any of their facial services. Be sure to call the salon to book yours today. You (and your skin) won't regret it!