DO’S & DONT’S AFTER A SKIN PEEL

Not all chemical peels are equal; the suggestions we’re sharing in this blog are for light to light-medium peels.

PEEL SEASON: The time of year you can safely undertake a course of Skin Peels, AKA winter.

Lira Clinical Skin peels are a chemical exfoliation that carefully remove deeper layers of the skin that are unable to be shed naturally or by mechanically exfoliation. One of the standout features of Lira Clinical Skin Peels is their versatility. At Just Magic Skin Care Clinic, our Smart Peels are tailored to address various skin concerns and are suitable for all skin types; with the help of advanced enzymes and acid formulations, peels are used for: advanced skin correction, lifting and shifting pigmentation, breaking up glycation and conditions associated with aging, calming inflammation including acne and rosacea; and encouraging collagen and elastin synthesis, all whilst revealing fresh, healthy skin!  

The three months of winter allow the perfect window to peel, with the frequency of peels being fortnightly for 6 treatments for true skin correction and optimum results. Pre-peel skincare, also known as ‘prep’ is vital to ensure a controlled peeling results and optimum performance. Our prescription homecare is non-negotiable when signing up to a peel program, this allows us to ensure that the skin is hydrated and healthy enough to commence the peel journey, in turn ensuring exceptional results. But what’s equally important as the pre-care itself is the aftercare you provide your skin.

In this blog, we’ll explore the ins and outs of post-peel care tips and tricks, to give your skin some love, and ensure you get the best results from your peel treatment program this winter.  

What you should do after a peel.

1. CLEANSE WITH COOL WATER

Wait at least 24hours after your peel before washing your face to avoid irritation and help the peeling process. Your skin may be feeling tender after a peel and hot water can be uncomfortable on your new skin – it can aggravate your skin and cause prolonged inflammation. Wash your face using cool, tepid water for a gentle, soothing alternative for your healing skin. But, remember, be sure to use a very light touch when massaging any type of product onto your skin and always pat your skin dry afterwards – don’t rub!

Water softens dead skin, so it’s easy to rub off both dead and live cells when the skin is moist. This means avoiding washcloths or sonic cleansing brushes. It’s too risky!

2. SPF IS YOUR GREATEST ALLY

Let’s get straight to the point: stay out of the sun and don’t be shy with the SPF. Your face is at its most sensitive post-peel – it’s literally had layers of skin removed! And the new skin that’s revealed after a peel will be particularly vulnerable to harsh sun rays. So, it needs to be looked after more than ever. UV light (even daylight on a cloudy day) is damaging your skin. New versions of titanium oxide sunscreens are very effective and don’t give you that lifeguard look of a stripe of chalk-white on your nose. Be lavish with your sunscreen use it for a minimum of 6 weeks post-peel (though it should be a key step in your daily skincare routine, regardless!).

3. LIMIT YOUR TIME OUTDOORS

After a skin peel, you want to hibernate as much as possible to keep your skin protected. The last things you want to expose your skin to are heat and UV light. It’s already in an inflamed state, you don’t want to make it worse.

4. KEEP HYDRATED AND MOISTURISED

Maintaining hydration is pivotal in the healing process post-peel. To maintain skin hydration and promote healing, use a lightweight moisturiser, such as a water-based cream without harsh ingredients. Moisturising your skin after a peel helps to retain moisture, reduce the potential for irritation and reduce redness.  You want to provide as much comfort to the skin as possible to ease redness and inflammation. If the skin is really getting you down, we have our clients use a light weight gel recovery balm if they feel like their skin is too uncomfortable. We suggest keeping it in the refrigerator to provide an extra cooling experience.

5. KEEP YOUR SKIN ROUTINE SIMPLE

After your peel treatment, we recommend following the post-peel system using the Core 4 Circadia homecare products. Which include Vitamin Veil Cleanser, Vitamin C Reversal Serum, Post Peel Balm and Circa-Shield or Light Day Sunscreen.

  • Vitamin Veil Cleanser is an oil-based formula that leaves an invisible veil of vitamins on the skin, won’t leave the skin stinging or feeling dry.
  • Apply an antioxidant serum. Since the skin has been ‘traumatised’, free radical production increases and we want to suppress that. The Circadia Vitamin C Reversal Serum is highly recommended as not only is it a multiple weight Hyaluronic Acid base to increase product penetration and absorption, plumps lines and wrinkles and superficially binds environmental moisture to rehydrate skin, but also Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stable form of Vitamin C) that inhibits the breakdown of collagen and B5 provitamin to regenerate and sooth to restore the skins barrier function.
  • Apply moisturiser, if it’s during the day, you’ll want a moisturiser with sunscreen. Circa-Shield work wonders as it contains Zinc Oxide which is ideal as it will be more soothing to the skin. In the evening, you’ll want to use a nourishing and harmonizing non-sunscreen moisturiser. Our client’s love the Post Peel Balm as it rebalances, gives comfort and releases heat from the skin. Be sure to store in the fridge and use a light touch when applying.

What you should avoid after a peel.

Here are the top nine things to avoid after a chemical peel.

1. APPLYING TOO MUCH MOISTURIZER

It is important to moisturize regularly, but it’s also important to avoid putting on too much moisturizer. Remember that the point of a chemical peel is to let dry surface layers peel. If they’re over moisturized, they may not flake off properly.

2. BEING AFRAID OF COLD COMPRESSES

There’s a rumor out there that cold compresses work against the benefits of a chemical peel. This simply isn’t true. A cold compress can actually be very soothing and can help the skin heal faster.

3. DON’T EXFOLIATE WITH SCRUBS, ACIDS OR ENZYMES

It can be tempting to exfoliate. After all, there’s skin peeling and it appears that it wants to be removed. The truth is that exfoliating can remove the skin before it is ready. This can lead to inadequate results and even scarring. Acids and enzymes, whether in a cleanser, toner, serum, mask or moisturiser, will only irritate the skin further and possibly sting. While I love exfoliation, you’ll want to get back to that two weeks after a peel to keep up the results, this is not the time.

4. EXPECTING IMMEDIATE RESULTS

There are some cosmetic treatments that have immediate results. Chemical peels are not one of them. While the results can be incredible and they’re well worth the wait, it does take a few days for the full results to be obvious.

5. NOT STAYING HYDRATED

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to keep it hydrated. This is true right after a peel and it’s true every day of your life. Drink plenty of water. Pro tip: add a pinch of celtric salt to every glass of water to help retain hydration.

6. DRINKING EXCESSIVE ALCOHOL

While it is most likely fine to have a glass of wine or a cocktail, imbibing excessive alcohol can depress the immune system and should be avoided as it makes it harder for your face to heal.

7. HIGHLY ACIDIC FOODS

Just as you don’t want to apply topical acids to the skin, you also don’t want acidic foods getting on the skin. When things like tomato sauce, oranges and salsa touch the face, they can lower the pH of the skin to the point of causing serious irritation. When you have a peel, your skins barrier is in an altered state and since the mouth area is the place where you’ll see the most amount of peeling due to facial movements from talking and yawning, this area can be very reactive.

8. DON’T SWEAT

Especially within the next 48hours of your treatment. When you sweat while working out, it can get sweat trapped underneath the cells that are going to come free leaving the skin with watery blisters. All will be good as long as you don’t pick or bust them! They will subside! The salt from sweating can cause a stinging sensation as well which may further the irritation, with that in mind avoid swimming in salt and chlorinated water, hot showers and steam rooms.

9. SKIP RETINOLS AND PRESCRIPTION RETINOIDS

These types of products work to stimulate cell turnover from deep. This is definitely great for the skin, but it’s what’s already occurring because of the peel. Like acids, you’ll want to use these once your skin heals, but not quite yet. Usually you can introduce these after 14 days.

So there you have it. Tips from our extensive experience to minimise post-peel downtime so you can get back to your regularly scheduled life—but with new, fresher-looking skin!

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