Skin peels usually have a chemical base unless they are made with 100% homeopathic ingredients. Even those will have some chemical base to them otherwise they would not sustain shelf life.
Preservatives that are in nearly every make-up on the planet are actually considered chemicals – so that word alone should not scare you off.
There are three basic types of skin peels: mild or superficial, medium depth and deep cleaning or penetrating peels. The purpose of the skin peel is to remove the upper or outer layers of dead skin cells. Mild skin peels usually have an alpha-hydroxy acid base such as salicylic or glycolic acids. Even the mildest of skin peels should not be used more than once per week.
Chemical peels can be used to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles and fine lines. Medium depth peels penetrate into the middle layer of your skin. Medium depth skin peels should not be used more than twice per month – once per month is probably best, unless directed otherwise by your dermatologist.
Deep layer skin peels penetrate deep into the skin and are used to treat serious or severe acne, scars, deep wrinkles and skin pigmentation issues. Depending on what type of treatment you use and amount of time you leave it on your skin it can take a few weeks or even a couple of months for your skin to recover properly from these treatments. Remember, the purpose of these peels is to remove layers of skin from your face and repair damage allowing new, healthy skin to grow.
It isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds. Start light and slowly move to deeper cleaning skin peels if you feel the need.
There are two basic types of masks; mud and clay. The major difference is that mud is used as a skin healing treatment and clay is used cosmetically to dry out oily skin.
Mud hydrates the skin because it is water based. These masks are best used to on dry, dull skin. Mud masks usually contain minerals such as honey or green tea and help restore elasticity and smoothness to your skin. Mud masks can be used two or three times a week and should be not be left on the skin for longer than about thirty minutes.
Clay is the better choice for someone experiencing issues with serious blemishes or acne. These types of masks are made to removes excess dirt and oil and exfoliates dead skin cells. Clay products are very high in nutrients and can be found in many types of skin care products. They are best absorbed into the skin when used as a mask rather than in soap or powder form.
Because clay is harsher on the skin than the mud masks are they should not be used more than once per week, possibly even once every two weeks so that you don’t over-dry your skin. Clay takes about forty to forty-five minutes to dry.
Peels and masks will leave the face and neck area feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.