Are peeling masks part of your skincare wardrobe? Peeling or exfoliation have multiple qualities that meet the daily needs of the skin – just to mention one: hydration. Skincare trends come and go, but peel masks are here to stay. Proven effective and popular time after time, peel masks are eventually one of the most essential ingredients when it comes to the perfect-skin-formula.
Moisturising, nourishing and strengthening. With its excellent ability for calming and firming the skin, peeling masks are therapeutic go-tos that solve almost any skin-related crisis. Results from a peel are results you can see - and most of all, feel. The mild tickling that appears in the skin surface is a perfect indicator of all the active ingredients working together. A peel can be the reason for better skin and for your supplementary skincare products to perform even better.
The skin’s natural regeneration process is set back and becomes slower the older we get. In doing so, it also becomes more challenging for the skin to get rid of dead skin cells and as a result, the skin loses its natural moisture and glow. Therefore, it is even more important to exfoliate your skin now and then - preferably once or twice a week, depending on the skin's needs.
The benefits of peeling
Skin-peeling covers three essential areas:
1. Skin renewal: It clears away dead skin and regenerates
2. Moisturising and hydration abilities: It attracts and holds moisture
3. Replenishing care: It replenishes damaged skin
So, what does peeling do?
But what actually happens, when you peel? When you peel your skin, you cleanse it in depth rather than just superficial as some ordinary cleansing products might. Peeling is a deep cleansing procedure, which equally cleanses and enables the skin to benefit from supplementary creams, serums or oils you usually apply. When the skin is treated in depth, it gets rid of waste and dead skin cells easier, giving your skin its tightness, glow and radiance back. You look fresher and your makeup leans nicely on the skin.
What type of peeling should I choose?
There are various types of peels, but two best known exfoliation peels are: The mechanical and the chemical. Mechanical peeling is more commonly known as a light peel and mostly because of its tiny particles (corn, sand grains or mud). Even though it might sound fierce, chemical peels are perfectly harmless and the most sought after method – it’s actually milder and at the same time perfectly efficient – than for instance a scrub with grains. Chemical peels consist of various types of fruit acids and enzymes that efficiently enter the skin deeply and gently cleanse it.
When you buy a peel mask, make sure it’s one that meets your skin type. A peel with fruit acid is perfect, because something really happens, and the result speaks for itself. Avoid using an exfoliator with grains if your skin is very sensitive. Instead, choose a milder acid peel. Some of these may tingle slightly, but most acid peels are very gentle. Apply a thin layer to clean skin and gently rub the gel in. Start by using it 2–4 minutes, depending on your skin type, and as the skin builds up resistance, you can leave it on longer if this is needed. Thoroughly rinse off the gel with lukewarm water. Be aware that the combination of active ingredients may cause a natural reaction of temporary skin redness.
Intense peel mask - a skin rescue remedy
Woods_ Copenhagen’s Intense Peel Mask is a popular and versatile mask. Why? Intense Peel Mask offers a deep cleansing experience that helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and sunspots. Not only does it contain activated willow tree extract and glycolic acid – known for their natural deep cleansing properties, but also lactic acid that works in combination to nourish and calm the skin while it exfoliates.
Woods_Copenhagen pays close attention to that the ingredients in the products don’t irritate the skin, which make them suitable for normal, combined and sensitive skin.
What do the experts say?
Dermatologists use chemical peels to treat different types of acne and conditions that cause pigmentation of the skin. Thus, peels have been studied and shown to be effective as treatment for countless conditions here including acne, superficial scarring, photodamage, and melasma. According to experts, acid peel comes with certain and serious skin benefits and is more efficient than other methods.
BHA, AHA & pH-value; all you need to know
Peels are classified according to their pH value, and all peels with a pH value of 3 or less may only be used by dermatologists or trained personnel, while beauty clinics most often work with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and trichloroacetic acid (BHA). However, these must also maintain a pH value above 3, but preferably below 4.5, as otherwise they become highly inactive on the skin.
Enzymes and acids used in peels help split the protein components, which means they loosen dead skin cells. The ingredients are often derived from fruits, which is why they are often seen in connection with green and organic marketing or perceived as natural peels. Furthermore, they can be used on all types of skin, along with being gentle and easy to work with making them very popular. In minutes, acids lift away dead skin cells and increase the collagen production.
Peeling is the secret to perfect skin because it actually works. And because it truly has an improving and profound effect on most skin conditions, if you choose the right one. Due to active ingredients such as Glycolic acid; that effectively allows absorption and dissolves dead skin cells, Salicylic; with protecting abilities, dives deep into the skin to unclog pores and Lactic; being a humectant, that calms and keeps the skin balanced - these key ingredients are constantly and successfully working together with the goal of stimulating new skin growth and improving surface texture and appearance – visibly presenting a more vital and glowy complexion.
So, whether you use peel to reduce signs of aging, treating a skin condition or just selfcare on a slow Sunday, you will discover a condition of fewer lines and wrinkles, a brighter complexion and smoother, beautiful skin.
Do yourself a favour - dive in and peel, peel, peel.
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