• Thu, Aug 27 2009

Should You Get a Chemical Peel?

If you asked me that question years ago, I would have said no.  I saw so many horror stories (Remember Samantha from Sex & The City??) These days they have refined and tested things so much more!  Now my answer is an unequivocal and resounding YES!!  I have experimented with over the counter microdermabrasion and I even got botox last year!  I have decided that I want something that will actually take care of my skin, give me long lasting results and that is affordable.

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Enter my first experience with the chemical peel….gone are the days of your face looking red and burned afterwards! I went to the Ted Gibson/Hela Spa here in Washington, DC and met with JoElle Lyons the esthetician there.  A self proclaimed “results oriented esthetician”, JoElle’s motto is, “Relaxation is nice but I want my clients to leave here feeling like we changed their skin for the better.” Amen to that!  I got a Greta Garbo facial and she added on a 10% glycolic peel which I was apprehensive about but she put me at ease.  She told me that it was medical grade, but it had a built in and that next time we were going to do 20%!!.  So off we went….when she applied it it felt itchy but then the itchiness subsided after a few minutes.  In total, the solution was on my face for about 5-8 minutes and she finished the facial by re-hydrating my skin.  When she was done, my skin felt like a baby!!

If you want to try a peel at home there are several options available, and since they all have a built in buffer – there is no danger in you harming your skin or looking like a radish.

My Favorites..

The Brazilian Peel – I haven’t tried this one yet as JoElle told me I have to wait until mid September before I do another peel.  But this one is medical grade, 30% and it comes with a cleanser and booster pads.

June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Enyme Peeling Masque – Perfect if you are on the fence about the whole peel thing….I did this one first at the beginning of the year.  Results are not as dramatic but a great way to dip your toe in the water.

Boots No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-Ageing Glycolic Peel KitSuper gentle, super inexpensive yet effective peel…plus you can grab it at Target!

If you live in the DC Metro area and want to get a glycolic peel, I am pleased as punch to be able to offer you a coupon for a whopping 50% off at the Ted Gibson/Hela Spa until October 31st.  Get rid of all the extra dead tanned skin cells and rejuvenate!!

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  • Eddie2

    After having spent $150 a pop for glycolic peels at a doctor’s office, I decided to try Made from Earth’s Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub.

    Two weeks prior to my office peels, the aesthetician instructed me to use a glycolic face wash (Made from Earth brand, the best!) for two weeks prior in order to get my skin prepped and used to the lower level of glycolic acid.

    I left on the Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub for only 3 minutes, and when I splashed my face off with the sinkful of water, I could feel that this was a deeper peel than I had received at the doctors’.

    The next day, I could see that my skin looked better, but was tight and dry. Very happy with the results! Also, I barely put a dent in the bottle; for under $30, I will be saving well over $1,000 in doctor’s office peels.