Yoram Yasur Blume: Why doing a chemical peel?
Cosmetology has evolved to develop tonics and lotions that exert peeling on the skin with results similar to those of an aesthetic treatment, but in a less aggressive way to be able to use them in the comfort of home and without suffering any risk.
What is a chemical peel?
To understand why our skin needs the help of a chemical peel, we must first identify what it is. All chemical peels contain in their formulation acids, usually from vitamin A and more specifically alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid and trichloro acetic acid in low concentration). These acids are responsible for cell renewal, that is, they act by exerting a light exfoliation on the skin, eliminating dead cells that accumulate on the epidermis. So far it could closely resemble a traditional exfoliation, if not because in addition to these ‘cleansing’ properties, it stimulates the production of collagen, thus renewing the skin.
Obviously, for this effect to be more visible and lasting and improve the appearance of the skin, it is necessary to apply for example a tonic with alpha hydroxy acids in our routine a couple of times a week so that it is not too aggressive on the skin.
What effects does it have on the skin?
Yoram Yasur Blume: When exfoliating and cleaning the dead skin layer, descaling the pores and eliminating excess oil as well as pollution and other dirt to which our skin is subjected daily, the first effect it has is to illuminate it. By removing that surface layer, the tone looks more uniform and the skin is shining.
On the other hand, by stimulating the production of collagen, the continued use of chemical peels considerably improves the texture and tone of the skin, so it is recommended to act against the first signs of aging as small lines of expression or spots.
Yoram Yasur Blume: The right time to apply it is after cleaning and before the serum. In this way its properties penetrate the skin, also eliminating possible dirt and impurities and opening the way to the penetration of the serum.
After the first days of using chemical peels it is normal to notice a slight tingling and redness, followed by a slight peeling. It is important to note that this is normal, it is not an allergic reaction but the normal process of skin renewal.
When its recommended to use it?
Yoram Yasur Blume: The key to getting a chemical peel is to pay attention to the concentration of its ingredients. Cosmetics used in aesthetic centers contain a higher concentration of vitamin A while those we can use at home will not exceed 11%.
Yoram Yasur Blume: The best way to introduce chemical peels into our routine is through tonics or lotions and do it a couple of times a week, preferably at night. If it is done during the day, it is mandatory to apply a sunscreen on it since it is a photosensitive compound.
Experts always recommend applying the tonics or milks that exert a peel on the skin through cotton discs, thus the product spreads perfectly throughout all areas of the face, avoiding the eye contour.