I’ve been impressed with the recent success of web and TV Wondergirl, Marie Condo, reviving the clichéd but liberating practice of ‘Spring Cleaning’. Formalizing and spiritualizing the intentional release of material objects to allow for a new sense of freedom and awareness in our lives, she has struck a chord with many.
Echoing her sentiments of releasing the old to appreciate a new awareness of the beauty in our lives, I propose the same holds true for what I offer my clients in the realm of skincare regimens. Spring and fall signify the ‘gentler’ environmental conditions that lend themselves to more intense skincare treatments, and an opportunity to ‘dispose of the old’ stratum corneum layer of dead skin, while stimulating collagen and renewing skin’s fresh, supple and glowing appearance while reducing pore size, improving elasticity and evening out skin tone.
Chemical peels are wonderful alternatives to laser facials, which can be costly and painful and are a quick way to resurface the skin, dissolving dead skin cells, softening fine lines, and skin imperfections caused by aging, hormones and the sun as well as reducing pore size.
And there’s nothing to fear – our peels are pH neutral to reduce the risk of irritation and pain.
At A French Touch Salon we offer these controlled chemical treatments to your face, neck, chest as well as hands and arms. I start the conversation with your concerns, your skin type including skin color, texture, level of skin imperfections and elasticity to determine what chemical acid solution works best for you.
I also review your history with AHA and BHA home care or previous peels to assess your readiness to begin a peel series. Acclimating the skin to these beneficial yet powerful acids is critical to providing the results you’re looking for.
Glycolic or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peel
These peels address rough/dry skin and texture. Glycolic Acid peels can also be combined with skin lightening agents (LUMINATE MASK) to lessen dark spots or skin discoloration due to sun damage, hormones and aging. I also offer a RETINOL PEEL combing a 1% Retinol Mask with the peel to more specifically address fine lines or acne.
Termed the “lunch hour peel”, these peels provide results, without the downtime of redness or flaking. Expect to look refreshed and beautiful immediately after your Glycolic Peel, while taking the necessary precautions of avoiding unprotected sun exposure for 24 to 48 hours post-peel.
And to enhance your facial results, I recommend adding a Glycolic Peel to your facial appointment. The results are significant, as the peel resurfaces the skin and promotes deeper absorption of serums and masks during your facial.
Lactic Acid Peel
For dry, more sensitive skin, we now offer the SOTHYS Pro Lactic Acid Peel. This intense multi-acid peel based on lactic acid and plant extracts is designed to even out skin tone and combat the signs of aging. It promotes a softer more hydrated skin while stimulating natural collagen production, softening wrinkles and fine lines and repairing the effects of sun damage.
Much like the Glycolic Peel, there is zero downtime, but diligent sun protection is advised for 24 to 48 hours.
Jan Marini Salicylic Refine and Sothys TCA Peels
Everyone has been raving about our most excellent Jan Martini REFINE Salicylic Peels, with visible results that address deeper skin concerns. To date, this has been our most intensive peel with 3 to 5 days of flaking skin.
We now offer a Sothys TCA peel. Stay tuned for more details!
Also recommended as a series, it requires more regeneration time, so scheduling your Refine peels every 3-4 weeks is recommended rather than the Glycolic or Lactic weekly schedule (3 over 3 weeks).
Remember that peels in general are a form of aggression for the skin that ultimately stimulates collagen repair under the skin- this is why we see such great results!
Let us recommend soothing home-care products and retinol to help you achieve your goals of beautiful skin. We look forward to customizing our peels for your particular skincare needs!