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.


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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