Clients frequently ask me if I think they need a chemical peel. Here’s the thing: almost everyone at any age can benefit from a chemical peel. Peels come in varying strengths and with varying results. Remember that episode of Sex and the City when Samantha impulsively gets a peel before a big event?
Yeah. That rarely happens outside of a doctor’s office or medspa, and even then, you have to ask for that kind of result. A responsible esthetician will take a client history to assess how your skin reacts to certain products and different levels of exfoliation as well as a full consultation to discuss your desired outcome. Together you will decide on what the best course of action is for you.
Do you want just a simple refresher to make you skin feel smoother and less dull? A single glycolic peel could do the trick, and you will most likely experience little to no “peeling” a day or two after your appointment. If you’re looking for something more intense, like lifting pigmentation (commonly called “sun spots”) or reducing deep wrinkles, you may need a series of peels where you would make three to six appointments over the course of a few weeks to a few months, after which you will see flaking, the amount varies with each individual. Even if you have sensitive skin, there are ways to buffer a peel to reduce the intensity while still providing an effective exfoliation.
So yes, you should get a peel. Set up some realistic expectations, know that you aren’t going to look 10 years younger after one treatment, and schedule your appointment today!