Prime Time to Peel

There are so many reasons to put your best face forward and there's never been a better time than now to consider a COSMEDIX treatment.
What is a Peel?
The ultimate goal of any peel is the removal of the skin's outer layer of primarily dead cells and the stimulation of collagen and elastin to tighten and firm the healthy layer beneath. When performed properly, this procedure can effectively diminish the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, blemishes and more with little to no trauma to healthy skin cells.
The key to a successful treatment lies in the peel's contents. Using botanical, chirally correct ingredients, COSMEDIX peels work with the skin to prompt the renewal process. With COSMEDIX peels, there is a mild sloughing of the skin. This process €”known as metabolic peeling €” achieves dramatic results without the irritation and consequent recovery time of a traditional chemical peel.
Is a Peel Right for Me?
Whether you're looking to correct a specific skin concern, defy your age or simply refresh your complexion, a COSMEDIX peel can be customized to fit your needs. Before you schedule an appointment, your skin care professional will assess your skin to see which peel is right for you and your goals. Peels can vary in intensity such as a superficial peel like Pomegranate Peel to deep epidermal exfoliation of Purity Peel to a mid-depth dermal peel like Timeless Peel. By identifying certain key traits €” such as skin density and natural hydration €” your physician or aesthetician can better determine the appropriate peel type, depth and duration for your skin.
When should I get a peel?
While peels are not contradictory in the summer, they are not recommended for all clients due to lifestyle choices that often include increased sun exposure. After a thorough consultation and thorough skin analysis, your aesthetician will determine what the best treatment options are for your skin. Generally speaking, clients who spend significant time outdoors during the summer months are recommended to refrain from medium-depth peels like Timeless Peel or Deep Sea Peel until fall and instead go for a COSMEDIX facial or treatment.
What Are the Possible Side Effects?
While the side effects of traditional peels can range from minor discomfort and inflammation to post-peel pigmentation and increased skin sensitivity, COSMEDIX peels minimize such reactions through advanced ingredient technology. In addition to using chirally correct, plant-based ingredients, COSMEDIX peels contain exclusive, state-of-the-art compounds including encapsulated Retinol, which are designed to affect change with minimum irritation.
Do I Need to Prep Before a Peel?
Depending on the type of peel and your skin care provider's recommendations based on your skin assessment, pre-peel prep may or may not be required. While your physician or aesthetician may suggest additional steps based on individual needs, these gentle yet effective peels can often be applied at your convenience to help correct blemishing, skin discoloration, hypersensitivity and mild photodamage without prep. Medium-depth dermal peels such as Timeless Peel or Deep Sea Peel require a minimum ten-day, at home, pre-peel regimen. These peels are specifically designed to minimize the signs of aging.
What treatments can I receive during the summer months? Will my pre-treatment prep be different?
As a rule of thumb, clients who are appropriate candidates for peels during the summer months will prep longer, use a skin brightener like COSMEDIX's Simply Brilliant serum to help surpress melanocyte activity and be advised to regularly apply a broad spectrum sunscreen like Peptide-Rich Defense to protect the skin from the elements. For those who are not candidates for a medium-depth peel, there are many treatments that are safe and appropriate for summer use. We recommend COSMEDIX's Pomegranate Exfoliator and Blueberry Smoothie treatments, which are designed to refresh and exfoliate the skin without prior preparation.
What Can I Expect After My Peel?
Post-peel recovery has typically been one of the treatment's biggest drawbacks. Before such breakthroughs as chiral correction and metabolic peeling, a particularly unforgiving peel might mean spending weeks in a vulnerable, post-operative state. However, thanks to advancements in peel technology, you can now enjoy your rejuvenated skin sooner. COSMEDIX peels have virtually no down time. Our age-defying peels only average a week of recovery time.
Once a peel treatment is applied to the skin, it penetrates to the desired level and begins to stimulate and induce collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans. The treatment will normalize the skin, regulate oil production and diminish free radical activity. After a superficial peel, you may experience micro-flaking. With the deeper peels, you will undergo a layered flake that can last two to three days. Most patients will see immediate results following their peel, such as improved texture, clarity of the skin and diminished fine lines.