Benefits of Chemical Peel for Dry, dehydrated Skin!

Skin is our largest organ with three main functions: protection, regulation, and sensation. Adults carry some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of it. The human skin produces about one million skin cells every 40 minutes, which equates to over 36 million skin cells per day. as our skin cells renew from the deeper layer of the epidermis, the more surface cells harden and lose moisture. Eventually these cells detach from skin and are replaced by younger cells moving up from deeper layers. Desquamation (detaching) also eliminates damaged and contaminated cells that carry pollutants and micro-organisms from the environment. These superficial skin cells don’t always effectively fall from skin and may cause clogging and congestion while leaving the skin’s surface dry and dull looking. As we age, desquamation and cell turnover slow down, making professional exfoliation or chemical pell critical to removing the accumulation of cells that give a dry, dull appearance to the skin.

What is Dry and Dehydrated Skin?

Dry skin, generally refers to skin that is lacking oil, whereas dehydrated skin lacks moisture in the outermost layer of the skin.  When skin is both dry and dehydrated, it is often irritated, inflamed and itchy and it is generally worse in areas with relatively few sebaceous (oil) glands such as arms, legs and torso.

What Causes Dehydrated Skin?

There are many factors that contribute to dehydrated skin. Extrinsic factors include the environment; dry, cold air (heaters and air-conditioning); ultraviolet rays; lifestyle (excess bathing); and more specifically, low humidity environments. Skin starts to lose moisture when the relative humidity dips below 60 percent. To put this in perspective, the average office building has a relative humidity of 40 percent; an airplane 10 to 20 percent; a sauna 10 to 30 percent; and the Sahara Desert is 25-percent humid. Dehydrated skin may also result from exposure to chemicals (pollutants, detergents, etc.), hot water, and friction from clothing. Intrinsic factors include physiological abnormalities and illness, as well as one’s mental state (stress), which may also trigger dehydrated skin.

These factors can compromise the skin’s barrier layer which can cause reactive and sensitized skin. When the barrier layer is stripped from our skin, we lose moisture from the deeper layers, leading to the dehydration of the skin. What are the biggest culprits that remove this barrier layer? Very simply: soap and water, over exfoliation, and exposure to harsh chemicals, which can include skin care products! Anything with a high pH like soap will strip the barrier lipids from our skin.

Regardless of what skin condition you have, spraying a hydrating toner (water or botanical extract based—no alcohol!) on the skin after cleansing, followed with a moisturizer is critical. Studies have shown that to maximize the benefits of a moisturizer, it should be applied within two minutes after cleansing the skin.

What Treatment is more Beneficial for Dry Skin?

Through professional chemical peel or skin peel, dry and dulling skin cells effectively removed, and newer cells are revealed for fresher, healthier appearance.                                       

 At Nell Clinic we use professional chemical peel such as Pro Power Peel from Dermalogica -tend to be more concentrated and customizable to all skin type and deliver more dramatic results. It has designed to be applied by licensed professional skin therapists.

Benefits of Chemical peel

Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation

Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Evens skin tone

Normalizes cell turnover and cell cohesion

Increases glycosaminoglycanes and collagen synthesis

Increases barrier function and reduces Trans Epidermal Water Loss

Please call for a complementary consultation at 416-228-0011

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