As terrifying as the term ‘Chemical Peel’ is, the art form is truly beautiful. Some sources say that Cleopatra herself used sour milk to improve her skin. This dates ‘Peels’ back to Ancient Egypt!
There is a real science and art to chemical peels, one that Lucky Lime Clinic prides itself on. Lucky Lime Clinic is a nurse led Skin Rejuvenation and Laser Clinic, that uses medical grade products, lasers, and techniques. Using the brilliant Medical Grade skin care line from Alumier MD, the products contain no parabens, no sulphates (no SLS), no mineral oils. They also contain no artificial fragrances and no colourants or dyes, and the products are never tested on animals. This provides a clean and healthy choice for your skin, without compromising the high activity level of the products. The result is unparalleled glowing skin, without the risk of harmful toxic chemicals.
Chemical Peels are often misunderstood and feared, when in fact they are just a treatment used to improve skin texture and tone. Acids are applied to skin to lower the pH, which loosens the connections between dead skin cells, inducing exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth. This process causes superficial layers of dead skin to peel off, revealing a smoother and more radiant complexion. Chemical peels can also thicken the epidermis, increase dermal volume, and stimulate collagen.
Chemical peels are classified as ‘light’ (superficial), ‘medium’, or ‘deep’, depending on the depth of penetration of the ingredients used. Light peels exfoliate to various levels of the epidermis. Medium-depth peels treat through the papillary dermis, and deep peels to the mid-reticular dermis.
Common peeling ingredients include alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and retinol. Alpha hydroxy acids include glycolic acid (from sugar cane), lactic acid (from milk), citric acid (from oranges and lemons), malic acid (from apples and pears), tartaric acid (from grapes) and mandelic acid (from bitter almonds). Salicylic acid is the only beta hydroxy acid. The strength of a chemical peel is determined by the type of ingredients used, their concentrations and the pH of the formulation.
At Lucky Lime, our skin therapists complete a thorough skin analysis and recommend an individualized treatment program to address your skin concerns. We create a personalized program that combines professional treatments with home care products since they work synergistically to improve the health and beauty of skin. Post-treatment products minimize complications, heal, and soothe the skin and then maintain the results. Professional treatments enhance the results of your home care products.
Chemical peels should be performed by a trained skin care professional in a clinical setting so that they are delivered safely and effectively. These unique treatments can be used on all skin types, concerns are targeted for best results.
To learn more about these amazing Alumier MD Peels, visit: Lucky Lime Clinic, 229 Broadway, Orangeville, Ontario.
Written by: Moira Curtis, Lucky Lime Clinic