Chemical Peels Versus Facials

Do you want youthful, radiant skin? A combination of aging, sun exposure, and acne scars can result in dry, damaged skin making you look older than you are? Do you have acne prone, textures skin or textured skin. ? Luckily, you have options to repair your skin.

Chemical peels and facials can both offer a youthful, restoring and brightening  effect when used properly. But, what’s the difference?

Chemical peels and facials can both offer a youthful, restoring effect when used properly. But, what’s the difference?

What is a Facial?

Facials are procedures which can help a person look younger. Your aesthetician will begin by cleansing your face to remove any makeup or dirt.

Using a brightly magnified lamp, your aesthetician evaluates your skin type to determine which products to use.
Many facials include steam to release any blackheads or whiteheads followed by exfoliation to remove dead skin.
Your aesthetician will then massage your face to relax you and stimulate your facial muscles. 
This is then followed by a facial mask which is chosen to offer the most aesthetic benefit to your individual needs and followed by a customized enzyme or vitamin c treatment. 
A final application of toner, serums, moisturizer and sunscreen are added before you are finished.

Benefits of a Facial

  • Reduce the negative effects of environmental factors such as sun exposure or smoking
  • Heal or treat skin that has become too lax and irregularities in texture
  • Strengthen the natural protective barrier of the skin
  • Stimulate cell rejuvenation
  • Improve cellular reproduction
  • Restore a core resilience to minimize the physical results of aging

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel removes the outer layer of skin in the facial area. During the procedure, chemical solutions are applied to the facial skin in order to exfoliate the top layers of skin that may be old and damaged.

Your aesthetician will determine how to formulate these chemicals in order to meet the specific needs and goals of each patient. There are three levels of chemical peels light, medium or deep.

This procedure stimulates new cell growth so that the skin appears brighter, smoother and more youthful.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is typically the choice for those who desire a minimally invasive way to improve the appearance of the skin. Results include:

  • Reduce fine lines, wrinkles and freckles
  • Repair sun damage
  • Improve the appearance of acne, acne scars and other mild scarring
  • Correct irregular pigmentation of the skin
  • Smooth out rough or scaly patches

Basic Differences between Chemical Peels and Facials

Although the results of these two procedures can be very similar, they have some stark differences.

A chemical peel uses chemical solutions to strip the surface layer of cells away in order for a newer, healthier layer to return.  A facial uses serums and products to clean pores, extract blackheads, and moisturize the skin.

Recovery time for a facial is little to none while a chemical peel may have some minimal side effects that require some time to recover. This recovery time will depend largely on the type of chemical peel received. A light chemical peel will require less recovery time than a deep peel.

Best Time For a Chemical Peel

Experts say that a chemical peel is a way to give your face a fresh new start. Although you can choose to get a chemical peel any time of the year, winter time is considered a peeling season.

The best times to book your appointment for the chemical peel at Vanity Image Studio, Media, PA are between November and February.

Why? Because when temperatures drop and there’s less moisture in the air, there are plenty of heaters around you, your skin dries out quickly.  Chemical peels are designed to create a safe amount of micro-damage that removes the top layer of dry, damaged skin to reveal smoother, more hydrated skin underneath. Essentially, a chemical peel allows new cells to grow more easily.

A chemical peel has many benefits for individuals of all ages and most skin types.

Here are a few things chemical peels can do for your skin:

  • Improves the skin’s color, clarity, tone and texture
  • Reduces scars associated with acne 
  • Can be customized for individual results
  • Increases hydration of the skin
  • Reduces discoloration caused by sun damage
  • Can be combined with other cosmetic procedures
  • Leaves skin smoother, and more youthful looking

As for the benefits of Having a Chemical Peel During the Winter Months? 

The winter is harsh on skin in a different way than the Summer months are. 

By getting a chemical peel during cooler, winter months, your skin is much more protected during the recovery/healing stages.

This is especially true for those receiving treatment in multiple sessions to get the best results or choosing a deeper peel procedure.

Chemical peels expose deeper layers, which means skin is much more sensitive towards heat and UV rays post-application.

Because it is less sunny in the winter, hyperpigmentation issues are better resolved by a chemical peel at this time.The vitamins and acids in the peel work to shrink pores, correct fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen and elastin production within the skin, and improve acne and hyperpigmentation.Having a peel in the fall or winter will prepare skin for the spring and summer, and have you looking your best with your skin luminous and glowing.

Different types available ranging from light to strong. The type and
depth of the solution is determined at the appointment based on the skin
issue such as hyper pigmentation, loosing of elasticity, acne, scarring
or uneven skin tone. One of the most popular peel is our Clarity Peel. It stimulates cell turnover,
firms the dermis, boosts collagen synthesis, increases moisture, gives
skin a more youthful appearance, a reduction of fine lines and 
pigmentation. There is no downtime with the  Clarity Peel -
you’ll leave your appointment with a healthy glow and able to carry on
with your day to day activities.

However deeper peels can take seven to ten days for the top layer of the skin to peel off before the new skin underneath arises. At Vanity Image Studio we offer different peepls according to your indivdual needs.

The  Triple Peel  is perfect for resilient skin or those who require a deeper treatment, the most modified solution improves sun damage and post acne skin issues. These peels will help improve the appearance of skin tone and provide exfoliation for oilier, thicker and more resistant skin types. After care kit is included to ensure optimal results.

November is the perfect time of year is to try a more aggressive treatment since the sun’s rays aren’t at full strength. Schedule an virtual or phone appointment today to ensure you’re a good candidate for this procedure, we look forward to meeting you.

The best way to book with us is online 24/7 by clicking the scheduling button below.


You may also schedule an appointment by phone during business hours at 484-443-8427

We are located at 7 E State St. Media, PA 19063

The Benefits of Hard Wax for Body Waxing

Hard wax is a type of wax that adheres to the hair follicle (versus the skin) and hardens and removes on its own, eliminating the need for paper strips. According to Carmen because the wax sticks to the hair, this allows certain areas to be waxed multiple times to ensure all hair is removed without damaging or irritating the skin. “Soft wax removes the first layer of skin along with the hair, which means you can’t go over the area multiple times and can leave stray hair behind,” If you notice your skin being more red after a wax using paper strips, it’s because of the removal of the first layer of skin. 

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