A Skin Peel Revolution

Get ready for a peel revolution

With the power to cleanse, optimize cellular renewal and breathe new life into skin, peels are back. And this season, thanks to a new generation of formulas designed to work on fine lines, enlarged pores and dull complexions, they are better than ever.

Three reasons to peel:

#1: With time, cell renewal naturally begins to slow.
#2: Dead cells can accumulate on the skin surface.
#3: As layers of dead cells thicken, blemishes and imperfections can appear.

This means that over time, skin becomes rougher, drier and duller. It also means that dehydration lines can start to appear. In short, the more gunk left lying on the skin surface, the more blocked pores, blackheads and spots will pop up. Add to that slower skin cell renewal and you’re left with skin that marks easily.

Anticipating skin problems

A peel can get to work on a whole slew of skin problems, reduce fine lines, tighten pores and smooth the skin’s surface so you’re left with clearer, purer skin, optimized cell renewal and an overall better-looking epidermis.

Different Peels

There are two distinct breeds of cosmetic peel, both designed to stimulate the natural renewal process and eliminate excess dead cells:

1) Chemical peels, which are made to weaken the bonds between corneocytes, the cells that make up the skin’s protective layer.
2) Mechanical peels, which use exfoliants such as micro beads, pumice or a brush to scrub away superficial layers of the skin and loosen dead cells.

Don’t go too far

Because the new skin underneath the dead cells is often more sensitive and vulnerable to outside aggressors, Lancôme experts recommend avoiding the sun after a chemical peel and always applying a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen for at least a week after any peel.

Future beauty: the neo-peel

At the 2015 IECSC (International Esthetics Cosmetics & Spa Conferences) panel meeting of dermatologists, studies showed that a series of peels delivered in increased and varied intensities gradually helped skin achieve optimum cellular renewal and created more evenly beautiful skin results. The opposite was true for the more abrasive one-time peels. Findings also showed that active peel ingredients worked best on skin that had been well moisturized and hydrated before application.

Finally, we know that cellular renewal works best at night, when the skin’s absorption also peaks, so there’s no better time to make the most of your beauty sleep.

onsider it all good reason to treat yourself to a peel that’s perfectly adapted to your skin. Watch this space for a new formula currently being finalized in Lancôme research labs.

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