You’ve probably heard your esthetician talk about peel season all summer long. In NYC, peel season typically starts in the fall, because the temperatures are cooler and we spend less time in the sun.
A Chemical Peel is a means of exfoliating the skin by breaking down the intercellular glue that holds together dead skin cells. This “shedding” of dead skin in turn speeds up the CTR, or cell turnover rate, bringing new skin to the surface at a faster rate.
Our peels include enzymatic and superficial, this means you will experience little to no shedding. When skin is prepped and healthy, less peeling is expected, and that’s okay! If you do experience some visual flaking or shedding of the skin, it will begin 1-2 days after your treatment and can last about 2-4 days. The amount of visual flaking is not indicative of your end results.
As a disclaimer, peels should not be used on pregnant or nursing clients.
Let's talk all about peels.
Peels treat a range of skin concerns.
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Treat uneven texture, dehydration and redness.
Increase collagen production.
Treat and prevents acne.
Brighten acne scarring, hyperpigmentation
Minimize the appearance of larger pores.
Clear and calm blemish prone skin.
All of IMAGE Skincare peels are in an organic aloe vera gel base.
Aloe vera has over 20 skin nourishing minerals that include zinc, iron and calcium. As well as vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids. These specific properties soothe skin irritations, provide antioxidants and reduce the appearance of redness.
All of IMAGE Skincare our peels contain plant derived stem cell technology.
Research on stem cells has shown that they are packed with antioxidants to help decrease inflammation, inhibit melanin production (AKA; minimize dark spots and hyperpigmentation), soothe irritated skin while combating and fighting chronological and photo-aging.
Our Peels from Face Reality are a light to mid-level concentration of acids and specialty ingredients to address hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and fine lines.
Enzyme Peel from IMAGE Skincare: Often considered a “lunchtime” peel with little to no downtime, yet great results, this peel is perfect for first-timers, or if it's been some time since your last peel treatment. This peel helps brighten and restore the health of the skin using fruit enzymes and a 30% concentration of vitamin C. Ideal for all skin types, this peel can be done all year round.
Vitamin C and fruit enzymes are blended in aloe vera base with anti-inflammatory botanicals to reduce redness. While gently exfoliating and infusing the skin with potent antioxidants.
Hyaluronic acid adds moisture to dry/dehydrated skin.
New technology of centella stem cells support redness prone skin and botanical detoxifying and energizing complexes give noticeable results in just one session.
Wrinkle Lift Peel from IMAGE Skincare: This peel combines the powerful effects of 1% retinol and 30% glycolic acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and other signs of aging. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that has collagen-boosting ability, which also helps soften the appearance of wrinkles.
This ultra-resurfacing blend of glycolic acid combined with retinol visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles leaving skin firm and revitalized. Buddleja stem cells reduce irritation and diminish photo-aging, botanical coffee and peppermint energize, while eucalyptus and ylang ylang purify the skin.
Lightening Lift Peel from IMAGE Skincare: This peel combines 30% lactic acid, 2% kojic acid, peptides, plant stem cell technology, and botanical brighteners to help even out skin tone and bring forward a more radiant, luminous complexion.
This results-driven treatment combines the most innovative and effective botanical brighteners luminescence and seashine with echinacea plant-derived stem cells and anti-aging peptides immediately leaving the skin younger looking and luminous.
This powerful AHA in an organic aloe vera gel base targets and corrects all forms of pigmentation to leave skin even toned and illuminated.
Acne Peel from Face Reality: A powerful blend of TCA, Mandelic acid, Lactic acid, and Kojic acid helps to address hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and fine lines. This peel is used to gently exfoliate acne-prone, hyperpigmented, and aging skin without excessive irritation or dehydration.
Our acne peel contains Azeloglicina and Brightenyl. Azeloglicina is an improved derivative of azelaic acid that is hydrating, improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and is shown to be beneficial for rosacea. While Brightenyl helps to block the melanogenesis process to help control darkening of skin and reduce pigmented spots, helps prevent inflammation and controls skin redness
This chemical peel is ideal for someone with all grades of acne, from mild to severe!
How you prep your skin for your peel and take care of your skin after you treatment, will determine your results.
Discontinue any exfoliating with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA) and benzoyl peroxide for at least 72 hours, and use of all topical prescriptions or any products containing Retinol or Vitamin for at least 1 week. Using these products too close to your treatment may compromise the healing of your skin. For those with facial hair, we recommend not to shave the same day as your service.
Avoid waxing, electrolysis, depilatory creams, and laser hair removal treatments. These services can leave the skin super sensitive and cause a reaction.
Avoid excessive sun exposure (indoor and outdoor)
Do not receive Botox or dermal fillers. It is never recommended to receive any injectable services too close to any facial treatment. An injectable service less than 2 weeks before your treatment can cause increased swelling, bruising and even lead to product migration.
After receiving your peel, do not use any skincare products that have not been approved by your licensed esthetician or physician. Your treatment is always completed with IMAGE products that are safe to be left on your skin for the evening.
To avoid any injury to the skin post treatment, we recommend you DO NOT:
Use products with active ingredients (Vitamin c, AHAs, BHAs), exfoliating or retinoids for 5-7 days. This will help avoid any complications and over drying of the skin. Only use gentle cream/gel skincare products with little no fragrance and lots of SPF!
Peel, pick, scrape or abrade the skin. This can lead to hyperpigmentation and scarring.
Use tanning beds or sunbathe. Peels increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Exposure to UV rays can cause hyper-pigmentation, freckling and sun damage
Have any facial hair removal services including; facial waxing, electrolysis, laser hair removal, thread or use depilatory products for at least 5 days
Have another treatment immediately after. This includes any facial treatment, facial laser service or aesthetic injectables.
A single treatment is great, but a series is even better. For best results, a series of 6-8 peels at 2-4 week intervals is suggested. Using the correct home care routine to keep the results and corrections will contribute to the transformation of your skin.