Chemical Peels have such an awful sounding name, but actually, they are one of the most cost effective and easier ways to improve the tone and texture of your face, neck and even hands and with minimal downtime. They are appropriate for all skin types, can be infinitely customized, and can be used to treat a myriad of skin conditions.
At Sonata, we’ve incorporated chemical peels as part our spa facial treatments, with the goal that you’ll enjoy the experience as much as possible, leaving our care both more relaxed and more beautiful! Ideally a series of three to six treatments, spaced two to four weeks apart will yield the very best results. For most clients, chemical peels reduce hyperpigmentation, reversing the signs of acne scarring sun damage and age.
How It Works: Your Options
At Sonata, we currently do four types of chemical peels. The most mild peel is the SkinMedica Illuminiize peel and it uses fruit acids for a light exfoliation, appropriate for all skin types. The Obaji Radiance Peel is the second most mild and is salicylic acid-based. The Vitalize Peel (from SkinMedica) uses salicylic acid as well as lactic acid, and also includes a layer of retinol. And finally, our strongest treatment is the Rejuvinize Peel (also a SkinMedica product, it is a 1.5x version of Vitalize). In most cases, we recommend you start with a milder peel, either the Radiance or the Vitalize, to see how your skin reacts, before trying the Rejuvinize. Each time you get a peel, an outer layer of skin is sloughed off and a new layer of skin cells develop. The newer layer will by its very nature more collagen-rich and supple.
(Stay tuned, as we will be adding in the very popular ViPeel soon!)
And despite the name, you can still get great results and not even “peel” at all! Even if you don’t see any or very little flaking skin, the treatment is doing its job. Especially with the Radiance or the Vitalize, you may peel noticeable for a couple days but you may also peel very little or hardly at all. Even if you don’t see it, don’t worry, the outer skin is flaking off, just at a less speedy and visible pace and newer skin is still regenerating. You will often see the same positive changes to your skin tone and texture as another person who experienced a more immediate and dramatic “peel”.
Salicylic acid derives its name from the Latin word for “willow,” as the 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 including fever reduction. Nowadays, Salicylic acid is no longer derived from tree bark, yet it still has amazing properties for revitalizing skin.
Lactic acid, another key ingredient in the SkinMedica peels, 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.
When you’ve completed your peel, we’ll give you the supplies you need for the next few days, including cream, cleanser and sunscreen. Post-peel, sunscreen is especially important as your new baby-like skin will be especially sun sensitive. Of course, we should all be wearing sunscreen all the time, but post-peel, it’s an imperative.
Make an appointment for a free skin analysis with our aesthetician today to learn how chemical peels can reinvigorate your skin!
*Results may vary from patient to patient