How to use at home facial peels
A facial peel can be done at home, if you have the right products.
A trip to the spa is a luxury every woman enjoys but not all can afford. Clear skin and a healthy complexion are possible, even when a trip to the professionals is not. Discover how to give yourself a facial peel at home and defy the signs of aging caused by sun, pollution, stress and the unrelenting hand of time.
What a Facial Peel Is
A facial peel is a solution that usually consists of alpha hydroxyl (fruit or lactic) acid or beta hydroxy (salicylic) acid. The acid works to remove the top layer of skin from the face, revealing the healthy skin beneath. Alpha hydroxyl acid works mainly as an exfoliant, causing the surface cells of the epidermis to slough off and make room for new, healthier skin cells to emerge.
These acids are also believed to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in tightening, better absorption of moisture and the regeneration of skin cells. This means that even after the peel is removed, the skin experiences improved health. The removal of dead and dry skin cells from the skin results in the diminishing of fine lines, a smoother skin surface and unclogged skin pores resulting in a brighter, more beautiful complexion.
Which At-Home Facial Peel to Buy
The good news is that these at-home facial peels are available for consumer purchase. Anyone can buy an at-home kit from the local drugstore. Keep in mind that salicylic acid-based peels penetrate the skin deeper than do other types of peels and therefore are more suited for oily complexions. If you have sensitive skin, it is important to check the ingredients before buying. Alpha hydroxyl and beta hydroxy are the most mild types of peels and will be the least drying and irritating to sensitive skin. Do not use any peel that contains more than 20 percent of any type of acid. These peels are very strong and are better left in the hands of the professionals.
How to Do the Facial Peel
Just as you would with hair color, it is advisable to test a small patch of the product before applying it to your entire face. Put a small amount on the side of your cheek (where skin is softest and most sensitive) and make sure no rash, flaking or burning results. Remember that the concentrations will change over time so any peel you have on your shelf for a month or two should be patch tested again. Should you experience some redness and mild irritation, know that this is normal. Excessive burning, itching and the development of a rash are not. Pay attention as you apply your peel. If it hurts too much, wash it off immediately and consider a milder formula.
Following the instructions, apply the peel and leave it on for the appropriate amount of time, usually not more than five minutes. Make sure to avoid the eye area. Then apply the neutralizing solution. Because the skin will be extra sensitive, always apply an SPF before going outside. It is interesting to note that these chemicals can increase sun sensitivity by 50 percent, so it is very important to protect the skin. Done carefully and with caution, at-home facial peels can help you reveal your most beautiful self.