It’s an undeniable fact of life that one grows up to become old. But while this is a universal truth that cannot be changed – after all, one can only grow older, not younger – it is still a bitter pill to swallow. One is so habituated to having fresh, youthful skin from childhood up that it is difficult to reconcile one to the vagaries of ageing from the 20s onwards.
Many women take refuge in natural home remedies in their 20s at the first signs of ageing on their skin. They make fresh fruit masks, drink vegetable juice daily, flush out the toxins with plenty of water and also exercise regularly. While these measures can ensure good health of the skin, they cannot keep away ageing forever. At some point, age spots, fine lines, dullness and wrinkles begin to appear.
Other women’s skin is beset by such problems as acne, oiliness and skin patches. These skin problems are unseemly and distressing, and it feels like all your efforts to preserve the skin’s youth are in vain. When everything you try fails, it is time to approach a dermatologist for a glycolic peel.
What is a glycolic peel?
It is a professional skin treatment administered by a dermatologist, that literally ‘peels’ away the super thin upper skin layer to reveal fresh, younger looking skin. It is done on skin that is ageing rapidly, and which has lost its elasticity and ability to renew itself at the pace that it should. Ageing skin not only makes the woman look older, it is also riddled with oiliness, dullness, age spots and fine lines.
A good dermatologist administers a glycolic peel on skin that has lost its youthful radiance. It is a chemical solution that works quickly at the surface of the skin on application. The solution is applied on the affected skin for a certain time, and it acts to peel away the upper thin layer of skin. This upper layer contains dead skin cells and surface impurities that clog the pores and accelerate ageing.
The peel is administered under medical supervision only, by a certified skin professional. Once the treatment is over, the skin may be raw and red. Post-treatment care requires up to one month in some cases; going out in the sun, using make-up or beauty creams and even washing frequently with warm water are discouraged.
Often, your favourite spa will recommend a skin peel to get you the results you are looking for. However, these peels are vastly different, comprising gelatine as a base ingredient and are often infused with fruit extracts. They are beauty skin peels that only serve to hydrate and cleanse the skin’s surface. In contrast, a glycolic peel actually treats the errant upper layer of skin to reveal a fresh, radiant complexion underneath. There are pre-treatment skin care procedures to be followed before undergoing the chemical peel; find out what these are from the dermatologist.