A chemical peel actually takes your skin to an acidic level, where you are actually burning the skin to create the skin to sluff. A peel is anywhere from a pH1 to pH3. An esthetician may perform chemical peels from 1.5% to 3% depending upon the state regulations and they work on the epidermis. Dermatologists may go lower because they are working on the dermal layer, the skin below the surface. The peel stimulates the skin cells to accelerate new growth as well as remove the epidermis. That is why your skin looks new and fresh after the sluffing is completed. It literally is new skin. It is extremely important that you wear sun block to prevent damage to the new skin.
When the peeling process is completed, your skin is also more receptive to uptake the products because it is no longer pushing its way through the dead skin cells. Improper cleaning, not using exfoliates and aging all effect how quickly we sluff the dead cells from our skin. Besides chemical peeling, microdermabrasion also removes the dead skin.
It is important to use good cleansers on your skin to bring it into an alkaline state to remove the dirt and impurities. If you have any serums, this is the perfect time to apply them because your skin is in a receptive state to uptake the serum and to have the most benefit. Then, tone your skin to bring the skin back to the acidic level. When you apply the moisturize while your skin is still wet from the toner, you won’t need as much and it creates a barrier to protect your skin from the environmental stresses. These steps will help you maintain a youthful appearance and keep your skin glowing.