Chemical peels are used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Liquids are brushed on to the face to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of new cells. These peels can be done at home or by a practitioner at a clinic. These procedures are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin and improve the appearance of skin by reducing signs of ageing like fine lines, uneven skin tone, and age spots.
There are three types of peels: superficial, medium, and deep
At home peels are typically superficial – skin cells are chemically removed from the topmost layer of the skin. Whereas clinic-based peels are usually more intense as they remove skin cells from deeper layers of the skin resulting in longer lasting effects. After the treatment, the skin is generally dry and hypersensitive to sun exposure. MZ Skin’s Hydrate and Nourish is the perfect product to protect skin after using peels because it expertly combines Hyaluronic acid which increases skin’s water retention and SPF to protect the skin.
Common at home includes peels include hydroxy acids – alpha, beta and poly. Alpha hydroxy acid is a small molecule which acts as a chemical exfoliator. Being small, it is well absorbed, promotes quicker and more regular skin turnover and stimulates collagen production. The result is smoother skin, with improved texture and reduced pigmentation. Beta hydroxy acids work on the skin’s surface as well as well inside the pores, an example is salicylic acid. Polyhydroxy acids are peeling agents that promote mild peeling by acting at a top surface level to smooth skin and improve overall tone. PHAs have a higher molecular weight than AHAs and BHAs which allows them to attract moisture to the skin’s surface to prevent skin moisture loss during exfoliation. They are effective for restoring moisture to dehydrated skin.
The peel chosen depends on skin type, PHAs are more suitable to sensitive skin because their large molecular weight makes them impenetrable to the skin, meaning their effect is limited to the surface of the skin, while BHAs are better suited to oily skin because it will penetrate to unclog pores.
AHAs are renowned for their brightening properties especially when combined with active ingredients like hyaluronic acid to fade pigmentation, hydrate skin and give skin a healthy glow. MZ Skin’s Cleanse and Clarify is formulated with low-level AHAs, and Papaya Fruit Enzyme that removes dead skin cells, refine pores as well as exfoliate skin to boost cell turnover and increase collagen synthesis while hydrating and plumping the skin. As well as MZ Skin’s Radiance and Renewal which is a deeply exfoliating face mask that instantly brightens tired, dull skin. Helping to eliminate pigmented cells, resulting in a clear and bright complexion.