I Got a Chemical Peel for the First Time (and loved it!)
If you can’t tell by now, I’m a bit of a skincare junkie. I’m all about quality products, face rollers and a good face mask. I’m also recommend finding a good aesthetician and getting facials on a regular schedule. I’m already doing that - with a very consistent, once-every-six-weeks appointment - and have been for a number of years. No, my skin is not perfect, but I’m very happy with where I’m at. But as I’m getting ready to turn the big 3-0 in a couple of months, I’ve been wanting to up my skincare game a bit and really get my skin looking and feeling great, plus it’s fun to try new things. So, I decided to get a peel. And no, I’m not talking about an intense, oh-my-god-my-face-is-peeling-off kind of peel, more of an oh-my-skin-is-a-little-dry-and-flaky kinda of peel.
So after talking to my aesthetician, Tjaden Lotito at The Skin Studio (if you live in Denver she’s the absolute best!!) I booked an appointment for a light chemical peel which is basically a cocktail of of alphahydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids (not sure exactly what was in mine but I think it was glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, which are all common ingredients you may recognize from kin care products in your own bathroom). The peel was a two-part appointment. I went in on a Saturday afternoon, she washed and prepped my skin and then applied the peel. While we let it do its thang, I got to hold a nice fan in front of my face because let me tell ya, that thing burned. No, it wasn’t unbearable but I was certainly happy to have the relief from the fan. It was more like super duper tingly and my skin felt hot. I kept asking if my face was turning bright red because it certainly felt that way. After about 30 minutes, she removed the peel, moisturized my face and sent me home to let the magic happen.
Over the next few days my skin was slightly pink and definitely felt tight and dry, but it wasn’t noticeable. I applied my moisturizer liberally and was able to wear makeup as I usually do. After 3 or 4 days had passed, my skin started to look a little bit flaky and it definitely felt dry. I went back for my post-peel appointment six days after my initial appointment. I had an amazing facial that included dermaplaning, some face masks, oils and lots of moisture. I left feeling like a glowy goddess.
After having the peel, my skin just feels like it got a great reboot and refresh. Any dullness is gone and my skin tone is more even than it’s ever been. It’s also super soft and seems to be soaking up products better than usual. I still wear makeup, but most days I’ve gone super light on my foundation, or skipped it completely, and just use concealer, bronzer, blush and mascara.
Exfoliation and removal of dead skin is so important for good skin - not only does dry, dead skin make your face appear dull but it can clog your pores and prevent products from properly penetrating. If you’re thinking about trying a peel, I definitely recommend it, especially a mild one. It was much more surface level so I didn’t have to worry about it penetrating too deep and burning my skin. If you do a mild peel, the worse that can happen is you may be a little pink. But that’s the price of beauty, right?
What facial services have you tired?