Where once chemical peels were offered primarily as a spa service administered by a licensed esthetician, chemical peel systems are now popping up at a dizzying rate, and it’s hard for the casual consumer to know what works best.
Depending upon whether you’re trying to smooth old acne scars, reduce fine lines, sun damage and freckles, or just turn up the volume on your skin’s overall glow, different products have specific ingredients to produce distinctly varied results. Also, remember that babyface skin really is as delicate as any newborn, so don’t skimp on the sunscreen.
Padding Results to Win
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads offer a streamlined approach to the chemical peel, with a proprietary blend of alpha, beta and gamma exfoliators “which are designed to work alone to exfoliate the skin for the superior glow of a professional facial peel.”
Keeping in mind that chemical peels stimulate the skin’s collagen and elastin—aka the twin-power engines of brighter, small-pored skin—the Un-Wrinkle Pads can be used daily on your face, hands and décolleté, in conjunction with the recommended Un-Wrinkle Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion with SPF 30.
Brush off the Decades
Switzerland’s La Prairie has been setting standards for luxury anti-aging products since 1978 and now offers a Cellular 3-Minute Peel, which “serves as a ‘booster’ working to uncover renewed, refreshed and vibrant skin.”
In addition to the peel product fortified with the crucial, professional AHAs and BHAs that speed the new skin cells to the surface, La Prairie includes a salon-type brush applicator to rid skin of debris without irritation.
3 Minutes, 2 Steps, 1 New You
The folks at Philosophy believe that “peels are a requirement of great-looking skin,” and toward that end offer a two-step, Microdelivery Dual Phase Peel product that will help you get your glow on after just one application.
Start off with a clean, dry face and apply approximately 1 teaspoon of the Vitamin C/Peptide Resurfacing Crystals product, and massage gently into the skin to exfoliate old skin cells. Then apply the same amount of Lactic/Salicylic Activating Gel over the crystals (you’ll feel a momentary warm sensation), leave on for three minutes, and then rinse off to reveal brighter, tighter skin.