Revitalise your skin with winter peels

No need to dread the winter approach – consider it the perfect time to embark on your much-needed skin rejuvenation programme.

The cold season is not all bad – it can be a great time to give your skin the extra attention it needs, and one of the best times to do chemical peels. Besides the fact that our skins have less intense sun exposure in winter which facilitates peels, the dry, dehydrated and dull condition of our winter skins demands that they be revitalised. And peels are one of the most effective, safest and quickest ways to do so.

Chemical peels use a non-toxic acid solution to remove dead and damaged skin layers by penetrating the targeted skin cells, making them easier to remove and reveal the healthier, new skin cells below. They can therefore restore a youthful glow, or soften fine and coarse lines caused by sun damage, and even address skin conditions such as acne scarring or pigmentation.

Peels work at different depths of the skin – the stronger the chemical peel, the deeper it penetrates and the more effectively it targets more severe skin problems. Light or superficial chemical peels are usually used to improve acne scars, skin texture and the effects of sun damage, while medium peels target fine surface wrinkles, age spots and acne as well. The deeper peeling system, naturally, penetrates the deepest layers of the skin and is therefore ideal for seriously sun-damaged skin, smoothing coarse wrinkles and can even be used to remove pre-cancerous growths. Other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, can also be treated safely and effectively. In addition, peels are not only suitable for face treatments but also a great option to remove stretch marks and scars on other parts of the body.

The benefits from chemical peels are numerous, including smoother and fresher looking skin, improved skin texture, brighter and clearer skin, reduction of breakouts, as well as loads of anti-ageing benefits.

By ensuring that the chemical peels are performed by qualified professional, who can custom make them according to your unique skin type or condition, and ensure you use aftercare products and high SPF sunblock after the treatment, you guarantee the high safety factor of peels.

Some side effects include redness and sensitive skin; however, these tend to subside within a day or two of the treatment. Downtime from a chemical peel will depend on the depth of skin it penetrates, with deeper peels requiring a longer recovery period and lighter, superficial peels hardly requiring any recovery at all. The latter are often referred to as ‘lunch time peels’ because they are so quick and can be done during your lunch hour.

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