Chemical Peeling 101: Summer Aftercare Edition
Chemical peels are a popular skin rejuvenation treatment that can help to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. They work by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, revealing a smoother, brighter complexion. However, after a chemical peel, it’s essential to take extra care of your skin, especially during the summer months when the sun’s rays can be particularly harsh. Here are some tips on how to protect your skin after a chemical peel this summer:
Avoid Direct Sunlight
- After a chemical peel, your skin is more sensitive and susceptible to damage from the sun’s UV rays. It’s essential to avoid direct sunlight for at least a week after the procedure. If you do need to be outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing that covers your skin.
- Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from UV rays, and it’s especially important after a chemical peel. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even if you’re not going outside. Reapply it every two hours if you’re outside or sweating.
- After a chemical peel, your skin may feel dry and flaky. Moisturizing is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and preventing further damage. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer that’s designed for sensitive skin.
Avoid Harsh Products
- For at least a week after a chemical peel, avoid using any products that contain harsh ingredients, such as retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), or benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients can irritate your skin and make it more susceptible to sun damage.
Be Gentle with Your Skin
- After a chemical peel, your skin may be sensitive and tender. Be gentle when cleansing your skin, and use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser. Avoid using hot water, and pat your skin dry gently with a soft towel.
- Drinking plenty of water is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. After a chemical peel, it’s important to stay hydrated to help your skin heal and recover.
Don’t Pick at Your Skin
- It’s tempting to pick at the flaking skin that occurs after a chemical peel, but it’s important to resist the urge. Picking at your skin can lead to scarring and infection. Instead, let the dead skin cells slough off naturally.
Avoid Excessive Heat
- After a chemical peel, your skin may be more sensitive to heat. Avoid taking hot showers or baths, and don’t use a sauna or steam room. Heat can irritate your skin and make it more susceptible to damage.
- For at least a week after a chemical peel, avoid using any exfoliating products or tools. Exfoliation can further damage your skin and slow down the healing process.
At Jade Thread and Wax Bar, we offer a range of chemical peel treatments that are tailored to your specific skin type and needs. Our experienced estheticians will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help you protect your skin and achieve the best possible results. So, if you’re considering a chemical peel this summer, book your appointment today and experience the benefits of this rejuvenating treatment.