/mis·no·mer/ a wrong or inaccurate name or designation

White willow (Salix alba) is a natural source of salicylic acid

Chemical peels are probably the worst named treatment we do at our Broomfield, Colorado office! The irony of the “chemical peel” is that most of the ingredients are totally natural. Yep, I know hard to believe…There was a time when chemical peels used more intensive and truly chemical ingredients. But times have changed, and today, the “so called” chemical peels we do at Sonata are comprised of mostly natural – yes natural – ingredients.

Our Obagi Radiance Peel is salicylic acid-based. Salicylic acid derives its name from the Latin word for “willow” (pictured above). Salicylic acid used to be made primarily from the bark of willow trees. It has been used for hundreds of years as an anti-inflammatory and more recently as the primary ingredient of most chemical peels. In 2014 archeologists in Colorado found 7th century pottery fragments covered with Salicylic acid most probably because Native Americans had many medicinal uses for it, including fever reduction.

Our Vitalize and Rejuvinize Peels use salicylic acid as well as lactic acid, and also includes a layer of retinol. Lactic acid was originally derived from sour milk. As many as two thousand years ago, there is evidence Cleopatra used lactic acid from sour milk to keep up her youthful appearance! Today, lactic acid is still used as an exfoliant and is especially helpful for promoting collagen growth.

Finally, retinol is a synthesized form of vitamin A that helps your skin produce collagen and generate new skin cells.

So called “chemical peels” are great at reducing hyperpigmentation, reversing the signs of acne scarring, sun damage and age. They are an affordable addition to your skin care regime. Please call or come and talk to Laurel to find out which peel is just right for you!

*Results may vary from patient to patient

By / December 17, 2015 / Med Spa