Cold weather and shorter days have arrived in the Baltimore and Columbia area, which means winter is just around the corner. And while you may associate winter with snow, ice, or even the joys of the holiday season, in the skin care industry, we think of winter as the best time of year for treatments like chemical peels. That’s because the skin is often more sensitive to UV rays in the days following a procedure like a peel, and in the winter, it’s easier to avoid exposure to sunlight.
Here’s everything you need to know about chemical peels, and why you should treat yourself to one this winter.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
If you’re unfamiliar with chemical peels, they may sound somewhat extreme to you. However, a chemical peel is a safe, effective, and spa-quality method of exfoliation that uses a medical-grade chemical solution to remove old, dead cells that cause the skin on your face to look aged or tired. Chemical peels are a non-surgical way to unveil a clearer complexion and erase common concerns like acne scarring, discoloration, and fine lines. With a chemical peel, you can enjoy brighter, noticeably younger-looking skin that is fully rejuvenated and replenished.
There are three levels of chemical peel available: light, medium, and deep. The right depth for you will depend on the concerns you wish to address, which we will determine during a personalized consultation that allows us to evaluate the quality of your skin and what issues you want to reverse.
After a chemical peel, healing time can take between zero days to two weeks. As your skin recovers from the peel, the dead skin cells flake off, eventually revealing fresh, new skin underneath.
The Benefits of a Chemical Peel
There are many advantages to getting a chemical peel. Not only do chemical peels unveil a brighter, smoother, and more refined complexion, they also noticeably improve the overall look and feel of your skin in just one treatment.
The top six benefits of receiving a chemical peel include:
Reduce Signs of Aging
Chemical peels turn back time by removing the top layer of your skin to reveal a flawless new layer without fine lines. A light peel is often enough to address superficial wrinkles. However, based on your aesthetic goals, our experts may recommend a moderate or deep peel.
Repair Sun Damage
It may surprise you to learn that UV rays account for up to 90 percent of the signs of premature aging. Luckily, chemical peels can help reverse these problems. Repairing sun damage early will help you keep your skin looking renewed for months after your chemical peel treatment is over.
Moderate to deep chemical peels help improve both surface acne and mild scarring by penetrating more intensely into the skin. Using a chemical peel kick-starts the body’s natural production of collagen, which fills in scars and makes skin more resilient.
Chemical peels are excellent for correcting uneven pigmentation such as melasma, hyperpigmentation, and age spots.
Enhance Skin Tone
In addition to addressing your current skin issues, a chemical peel treatment also stimulates the growth of healthy, new skin cells. You will benefit from rejuvenated skin tone and texture, providing a healthy glow.
Make Skin Products More Effective
Dead and damaged skin cells often prevent you from receiving the maximum benefits from your topical skin care products. Once the dead skin is gone, your products will absorb into your skin more fully, allowing even a tiny amount of your favorite serums and lotions to go further.
Achieving Outstanding Results
For long-term results, you may wish to schedule a series of chemical peels spaced several weeks apart. The benefit of getting more than one peel is that multiple treatments will be able to target the deeper layers of the epidermis, providing outstanding exfoliating benefits. The intense exfoliation of a series of peels can stimulate greater cellular turnover, resulting in intensely healthy skin.
Chemical Peels in Maryland
Wondering if you’re a good candidate for a chemical peel? The first step is to come in for an initial consultation with our licensed esthetician. Contact us to schedule your appointment at either our Baltimore or Columbia location and discover the benefits of chemical peels as your new go-to beauty secret this winter.