Moisturizing, nourishing, and strengthening. With its excellent ability to calm and firm the skin, a peeling mask is a therapeutic go-to that solves almost any skin-related crisis. Results from a peel are results you can see – and most of all, feel. The mild tickling that appears on the skin's 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. Moisturizing 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 superficially 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. The result? 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 the two best known exfoliation peels are: The mechanical and the chemical. Mechanical peeling is more commonly known as a light peel, 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 to 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 the efficacy is loyal to your skin time after time – 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 for 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
Our 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.
At woods_, we always pay close attention to the ingredients in our products to make sure they won’t irritate the skin – which makes 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 irregularities in the skin. Thus, peels have been studied and shown to be effective as treatment for countless conditions here including breakouts, superficial scarring, photodamage, and melasma. According to experts, acid peels come with certain and serious skin benefits and are 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 they otherwise 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 acid, with its protecting abilities, dives deep into the skin to unclog pores, and lactic acid; 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 peels to reduce signs of aging, for treating a skin condition, or just as selfcare on a slow Sunday, you will discover a condition of fewer lines and wrinkles, a brighter complexion, and smoother, rejuvenated skin.
Do yourself a favour – dive in and peel, peel, peel.
Pssst… our masks are perfect as a gift or an addition to any skincare routine.
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