Have you ever considered a professional chemical peel? Maybe your girlfriend’s results left you green with envy. Chemical peels can take years off of your face, softening lines and wrinkles, lightening sun damage and reducing acne scars. Who wouldn’t sign up for that? It’s no wonder the chemical peel has turned into such a popular in-office procedure.
But despite all of the benefits of a professional peel, there are some real downsides to the procedure which means that it just isn’t the right choice for everyone.
First of all, chemical peels come with a substantial price tag. While you don’t have to be a queen to afford a professional peel, some of us are counting pennies these days and just can’t allow ourselves the luxury of dermatological procedures in this tough economy.
Secondly, there’s a fair amount of downtime following a peel. If you haven’t seen someone immediately following treatment, you might not realize just how ravaged the skin can appear initially. If you can’t take time off of work, you will most likely find it difficult to function when you resemble a molting lobster. It’s not easy hiding your face 24/7.
Last of all, some people have skin that is just too sensitive to tolerate professional strength peels. The high concentrations of acids can cause a fair amount of discomfort and inflame delicate conditions. Naturally, the procedure can be intimidating and there are those who simply choose to avoid the “ouch” factor.
Isn’t it nice to have alternatives? Over the counter products that offer a milder version of the professional peel can be very effective but are less expensive and gentler with no downtime. How refreshing!
The Kinerase Pro Therapy line has the Advanced Radiance Facial Peel, a set of 15 individually wrapped peels that look like lollypops and can easily be swabbed over the face and other problem areas. These suckers (pun intended) should be applied for 15 straight days to gently exfoliate, revealing a clearer, more vibrant complexion.
DDF designed its 7 Day Radiance Peel Kit to mimic the results of an in-office peel without the inconvenience, expense and irritation. In addition to the peel, the kit contains products intended to help attain the best results following treatment. That’s something that doesn’t usually come with an in-office procedure.
Some peels are gentle enough to be used every day. Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads and MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 Steps can help achieve and maintain beautifully glowing skin with only seconds a day. The results are cumulative with continued use.
At home peels are not as strong as professional chemical peels and therefore you should not expect the outcome to be as dramatic. However, you will get great results in the form of a gentler, more comfortable experience with a friendlier price tag.