A chemical peel sounds painful…expensive…painful. Oops, did I say painful twice? With all the beauty procedures I have tried throughout the years, the one thing I never wanted to do was a peel. My thought process was, why would I want pain followed by days of peeling skin? No thanks. Plus they are so expensive. In my area of the world, a peel with between a 30 to 70% percent concentration costs at least $150. So even though I was still kind of scared, the Perfect Image do-it-yourself chemical peel with a super affordable price was too tempting to resist. And lucky for me, there actually is no pain involved.
Chemical peels are an interesting product. Glycolic acid peels penetrate through the surface and middle layers of skin, breaking up dead skin cells. It does this by removing the lipids that bind dead skin cells together. Once those dead skin cells are gone, the results are awesome. Smaller pores, less acne and reduction of scars, increased collagen, removal of sun damage…nothing but great stuff for skin. However, we’ve really only two options regarding peels over the years. We could either go to a spa and pay top dollar, or we could buy something over the counter with a very small strength percentage that doesn’t come close to professional results.
Now we have one more option. Perfect Image sells all sorts of high quality peels with up to 50% strength. The only ones they sell for pro use only are the 70% peels. Perfect Image peels are completely safe to use at home, and the company also has expert support available if you need it.
I have been testing the Glycolic 50% Gel Peel ($29.95) enhanced with retinol and green tea. Glycolic is especially good for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin texture, and stimulating collagen production.
The Glycolic Gel Peel features retinol (vitamin A), the ingredient that goes deep into the middle layers of skin, breaking up dead skin cells. Other ingredients include antioxidant rich green tea and chamomile extracts, which also help sooth skin as an anti inflammatory. Plus, cucumber extract calms skin and helps with firming and tightening.
I have to say, I am very impressed with my Perfect Image Glycolic Gel Peel. I opted for the 50% version instead of the 10% or 30% because I figured if I was going to do it, I might as well go big. I am extremely happy with the way this peel has improved the texture of my skin on my face, as well as on my elbows. Yes, elbows! I figured it would be the perfect product to finally give me smooth, even textured elbows, and it has definitely done so.
The Glycolic Peel isn’t something you do on the spur of the moment. You have to plan, because proper skin prep prior is essential for the best results. For 3 to 5 days, you use an exfoliating cleanser twice a day. This removes surface debris so the peel can go even deeper. Then, you have to stop any AHA, BHA, and Vitamin A topicals at least 2 days before your treatment, as well as any faux tanning and exfoliating products. So that is about an entire week of prep before the peel. To apply the peel, you use a cotton pad (Perfect Image sells Premium Peel Application Pads for $4.95) and apply the peel using circular motions. As your skin gets used to the peel over time, you can increase layers as well as the amount of time you leave the peel on your skin. The maximum amount of time you can leave the peel on is 5 minutes, and the maximum amount of layers is 5.
After just 2 peels my skin was glowing and was noticeably improved. It has helped my hyperpigmentation areas, reduced my pore size, and improved the texture and firmness of my skin. My elbows especially have had a dramatic improvement. I do wish I had the Premium Peel Application Pads. I don’t like cotton balls because the cotton fibers are annoying. Regular cotton rounds are ok, but I feel like a sturdier pad with an exfoliating texture would be so much better.
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