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The complete guide to getting a chemical peel

Chemical peels can make a dramatic difference in your skin – they can smooth texture, improve line and wrinkle appearance, brighten, lift pigment, and increase hydration and firmness. Since adding our new Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel products to Bioelements range of professional chemical peels, I've been getting questions about the professional chemical peel process, like what to expect, how to prepare, and what it takes to maintain your results. Here's a quick, complete guide to everything you need to know before booking a chemical peel!

Peel Prep is Key

Believe it or not, a proper chemical peel experience begins long before you step foot in the treatment room. The post-peel results you achieve, your experience during the treatment, and even your ability to receive a peel are all affected by what products you use at home in the weeks leading up to your treatment. Here are some things to keep in mind before your next chemical peel – some of them might surprise you!

  • Exfoliate. You might wonder to yourself why you would bother exfoliating before a major exfoliation service like a chemical peel. But steadily performing chemical exfoliation a few weeks before your first treatment helps to ease the skin into a professional strength chemical peel. We recommend using Quick Refiner 2-3 times a week, at least two weeks prior to your peel appointment – just be sure to stop two days before your treatment.

  • Stay hydrated.Dehydration can sensitize skin, making it more vulnerable to a negative reaction. Be sure to drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your treatment, and avoid any activities that would leave your skin exposed to excessive, dehydrating heat.

Use a calming toner for sensitive skin, like Soothing Reset Mist after cleansing day and night.

  • Skip your workout. Not only is sweat an unexpected source of dehydration, but working out dramatically increases circulation within skin, leaving it over stimulated before a peel. Avoid working out the morning before your peel.

  • Stick with a routine.Don't start experimenting with new products within the days leading up to your treatment. Use only products you know work for your skin so it stays calm and balanced.

What to Expect from a Chemical Peel

We've all seen scary post-peel results, but that doesn't mean you should expect the worst when you book your treatment. Most traditional chemical peels are formulated with a single acid in a monster percentage. These ablative peels can leave you hiding for several itchy, unsightly, skin-shedding days! But there's a different option: Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Peels have sophisticated acid-hybrid formulas meant to produce a controlled peel on a microscopic level, so you see immediate results – with zero pain, zero flaking, and zero downtime. Set aside what you thoughtyou could expect during a chemical peel!

Here's a list of everything you can anticipate during your peel:

  • A change in temperature.Once the chemical peel is on, some describe their skin as getting cold, while others experience a warming sensation. Either way, both are normal as long as neither feels extreme.

  • Tingling. A slight tingling or itching is totally normal – especially during your first treatment.

  • Tightness. A taught feeling across the skin isn't unusual during an Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel experience. It's caused in part by activated Coconut Charcoal that stimulates microcirculation and draws impurities out to detoxify skin.

  • An esthetician that asks questions. If your esthetician continuously asks how your skin feels throughout peel application, don't be alarmed! Some signs of peel irritation aren't always visible to the naked eye. Her questions are to ensure you don't feel irritation from inflammation she can't see. Make sure you're vocal about how your skin feels throughout the experience. Don't hesitate to disclose discomfort for the sake of having a more effective peel treatment. When it comes to peels, pain doesn't equal gain – it equals skin damage!

  • Absolutely Nothing. Don't be surprised if you find you don't experience any of the sensations described above! Your peel is still working. Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel Formula is so gentle that those with tolerant or resistive skins might not experience any of the signs of stimulation during the treatment.