There’s bound to be a time when your face scrub won’t be giving the result of clear, radiant-looking skin that you always wanted. That’s a sign that you may need something stronger to buff off the dead skin cells and trapped pore effectively than before. And chemical peel is the answer.
Basically, a chemical peel is a chemical type of exfoliation - the opposite of face scrub that uses beads and grains to ‘mechanically’ slough off dead skin cells. And the benefits include rejuvenating the skin, revealing a radiant outlook by treating pigmentations, cleaning out trapped pore and indirectly reducing acne, as well as enhancing absorption rate for skincare products.
Considered to be a stronger kind of exfoliator, the chemical peel is not for everyone and only deemed necessary if your skin needs it. After all, most chemical peels start at pH2 so you really need to be cautious with it.
Still, it’s doable at home and when you get the hang of it, your skin will look so much better and you can treat it as a bi-weekly pampering routine for your skin. Plus, it’s cheaper to do it at home than getting it done at the spa, right?
The key is to opt for superficial peels (especially for newbies) instead of medium and/or strong peels. As superficial peel exfoliate the skin in gentlest manner and yet effective enough to heal imperfections mentioned previously, revealing brighter and healthy-looking skin.
Examples of superficial peels include using lactic acid (the most popular one), mandelic, or low strength salicylic acid.
Start by washing your face and dab it dry before applying a light coat of petroleum jelly to protect sensitive areas (the eyes, nostrils, and the lips) from the acid. Apply the solution and leave it accordingly as instructed, before washing it off and applying a neutralizing solution to stop the acid from working. If you don’t have one, a mixed paste of baking soda with water is good enough too. For first-timers, apply the peel at the lowest concentration so your skin can get used to it (similar to retinol).
After the treatment, protect your skin by applying moisturizer, night cream, and face oil (and even sunscreen!) regularly to keep your skin protected and moisturized. In just a few days, a new layer of skin will emerge and you basically get a ‘new set’ of skin!
Keep in mind to always do a patch test before starting out chemical peel to ensure your skin is okay with it. You never know when your skin is going to react unexpectedly so it’s best for you to be safe.