Soft, radiant skin is a universal sign of beauty
But with external stressors like pollution and sun, and internal agers like that ticking clock, it can sometimes seem like fine lines, rough texture and sun spots have staked a permanent claim on your face. That simply doesn’t have to be the case, says aeshetician Joan Afable of Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa at Bayview Village. “If you want to improve skin tone, get rid of fine lines and boost your glow, try a facial peel,” she says.
How it works: Typically, a peel — whether professional or over-the-counter — will include alpha-hydroxy acids (like glycolic, lactic or citric) and/or beta-hydroxy acids (like salicylic). At Hand & Stone, the Active Peel is a mix of glycolic, lactic and salicylic. These acids dissolve the “cement” that links your skin cells together, allowing the dead cells to slough off more easily and reveal healthy skin underneath. A professional peel can contain a higher concentration of acids, which means it achieves faster, more noticeable results. At-home peels are good for regular exfoliation and maintenance in between professional peels.
The main benefits: Brighter skin, smoother texture, less pigmentation
How often: If you’re simply looking for a skin pick-me-up, follow the label on your at-home product (whether it recommends daily use or once a week) and you should be good to go. If you have larger concerns such as lots of hyperpigmentation or stubborn fine lines, book a series of three pro peels spaced a week apart — if your skin can handle it. Then go back as needed for maintenance every month or two.
Who can benefit: Just about anyone unless your skin is super sensitive or you have active acne or wounds on your face. If you’re using strong acids at home, stop one week before going for a professional treatment.