What do chemical peels do?
There’s a wide range of chemical facial approaches to skin rejuvenation, ranging from mild to extreme. Each of these removes some of the outer layers of skin to refresh and revitalize the skin’s appearance, smoothing the color and texture, and reducing the depth and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as new skin generates. Chemical peels also prove beneficial for treating skin conditions such as acne and other scarring.
The Spa at Shenandoah uses chemical peels provided by SkinMedica, a leading provider of pharmaceutical grade cosmetic solutions. These peels are on the mild side of chemical peel procedures, and each of the three formulations can be done in about 20 minutes during your appointment. Your skin care professional will discuss which of the three peels is right for you.
What are the SkinMedica peels and what do they do?
The right chemical peel depends on your skin type and the nature of the skin improvements you desire. The chemical peels used by the Spa at Shenandoah include:
- Illuminize peel – SkinMedica’s mildest peel, suitable for superficial exfoliation, resulting in brighter, more radiant skin
- Vitalize peel – a versatile peel suitable for all skin types, this product results in little to no recovery time while producing noticeable results
- Rejuvenize peel – the most aggressive treatment, this peel penetrates deeper into the epidermis and maximizes exfoliation.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion techniques have some of the same effects as chemical peels, but use a different method of achieving these results. This treatment uses special crystal free DiamondTome wand to remove the outermost layer of the skin, taking dead, dry, flaky skin as well as some healthy skin to promote fresh, new growth.
The exfoliating wand polishes the skin gently with diamond chips bonded to the treatment tip, while a vacuum removes the exfoliated debris. The Spa at Shenandoah uses the NewApeel® Aesthetic Exfoliation System, which, unlike other systems, uses no loose abrasives to achieve treatment, reducing the risk of skin or environmental contamination.
Microdermabrasion produces more conservative results than full dermabrasion, which typically have substantial downtime as your skin recovers.