A little over a month ago, I married my Mr. Right in Las Vegas. My dream wedding has always been to get married in Vegas by Elvis. I was not only able to have my dream wedding, but I also achieved my dream skin before saying “I do!” with the help of SkinSpirit Skincare Clinic and Spa.
I had to start working on my dream skin plan, three months before heading to Vegas. In January, I had a series of three Vitalize chemical peels with Kavina at the SkinSpirit University Village location. Then in March, I had a modified Jessner/TCA chemical peel with Tina at the SkinSpirit Redmond location. My goal for the treatments was not to have to wear liquid foundation in order to hide the stubborn hyperpigmentation on my face, thanks to sun damage from many summers past. After these four peels, the hyperpigmentation was significantly reduced. My overall results were noticeably lighter, smoother and radiant skin on my wedding day.
I can go on and on about the amazing talent and wealth of knowledge both Kavina and Tina have on skin and the treatments they offer, along with their impeccable bedside manner. Instead, what I want to focus on is the #1 reason why I had such amazing results from my treatments – I followed the explicit instructions given to me by both of these aestheticians, both before the peels and after. I can’t stress enough just how important it is to listen to your aesthetician and follow their advice. If you’re considering having a chemical peel, I recommend:
Schedule a Consultation
First and foremost, schedule a complimentary consultation with an aesthetician to help you determine which chemical peel will be right for your skin.
Follow the Plan
Follow the treatment plan prescribed by your aesthetician, including the type of peel recommended, the number of peels needed to achieve desired results, skincare products to use both before and after the peel(s) and any post-treatment instructions.
Prepare Your Skin
Your aesthetician will help prepare your skin for the chemical peel by prescribing a four or six week skin-conditioning program. Since I was having the chemical peels to treat hyperpigmentation, the skin conditioning program I was prescribed consisted of using a retinol and a skin brightening complex once a day, preferably at night before going to bed. I also used SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum twice a day, to be applied after cleansing my skin. This serum is the perfect two-in-one product for a minimalist like me. TNS Essential Serum is a rejuvenating serum that helps enhance skin texture, tone and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Check Your Schedule
Two days before having a chemical peel, you’ll want to stop using any retinol product. Don’t forget to double-check your schedule before booking your chemical peel. You’ll want to give your skin at least three to six days to complete the peeling process. You won’t want to schedule any special events until your skin is finished with the peeling process.
Once you’ve had a chemical peel, don’t put anything on your skin up to six hours after treatment. Your skin will usually start to shed two days after treatment and can last anywhere from three to six days, depending on the type of chemical peel you’ve had. During the peeling process, the only products you’ll want to apply to your skin are a mild cleanser, a moisturizer (I prefer using Aquaphor) and a sunscreen with SPF 50. It’s also a good idea to have Benadryl on hand, just incase you experience any irritation or swelling after treatment.
And whatever you do, DON’T peel the skin prematurely during the peeling process. Not allowing the skin to come off naturally after a peel can lead to scarring and further irritation. If you’re considering have a chemical peel and want the best results possible, be sure to listen to your aesthetician and explicitly follow their advice and recommendations.
PS: The image below was taken on Day 3 after having the modified Jessner/TCA peel with Tina. The results and peeling are in no way a guarantee to happen on everyone’s skin who has the treatment. I was just in such awe of how much my skin had peeled after this treatment that I wanted to share with all of you. Underneath all of that yellow and brown dead skin was beautiful, radiant skin, revealed just in time for my wedding!!