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Here’s Why Fall & Winter Are the Best Times for Facial Peels!
Chemical facial peels are some of the most effective, most customizable ways to treat your most stubborn skin issues. But when is the best time for facial peels? Here’s why our dermatologists recommend the winter and fall seasons.
What’s a Facial Peel?
To understand why scheduling winter facial peels is better than the summertime, we need to first understand what a chemical peel is and what it does for the skin.
You’re likely already familiar with the concept of exfoliating—a way to remove dead skin cells and accelerate cell turnover to reveal softer, new skin. Whether chemical or physical, the most common exfoliants in skincare products are way more gentle than the ones found in facial peels. Thus, your exfoliating serum or cleanser are great weekly options, as they only penetrate the outermost layer of your skin.
Chemical peels are much stronger and more intense, as they penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. The strongest peels can reduce deep wrinkles, scarring, and skin texture. A weaker chemical peel is still strong enough to reduce signs of aging and sun damage. While patients can get lighter peels about once a month depending on their skin, the strongest peels are reserved for patients with severe damage. These peels are so strong in fact, that a dermatologist will only administer these peels to the patient once every few years.
While some chemical peels can be a relaxing experience similar to facials, they require more downtime and maintenance than your average facial. After your peel, you’ll likely be sent home with several products that you’ll need to use for the next few days or weeks. You’ll be advised to be extra gentle with your skin, staying away from exfoliants.
You’ll also need to stay out of the sun, applying sunscreen every single day as an extra layer of protection. Don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day! These maintenance steps bring us to exactly why dermatologists believe the fall and winter months are the best times for facial peels.
Hint: It’s Because Of One Bright, Fiery Star
While South Florida basically has summer all year long, it is slightly less hot in the cooler “fall” and “winter” months. Therefore, it’s safe to say that you probably go to the beach and the park way less in these months than you do in the summer. Even most water parks in Florida are closed for these two seasons.
This is why dermatologists highly advise against doing chemical peels on patients who are spending lots of time outdoors. In the snowy states and cooler months, you’re going to cover up, wear more clothing, and stay inside to keep warm.
If you’re getting a chemical peel to remove signs of sun damage and deep scarring, going out in the sun for extended periods of time will only worsen that damage on your skin! It’s best to choose a time in the year when you won’t be going out in the sun for too long. After your winter facial peel, always, always, always wear sunscreen during the day—especially when you’re outdoors or working inside near a window.
After a facial peel, your skin will be ultra-sensitive to UV rays. Protect your skin as much as possible by consulting with your dermatologist and choosing the right time for your chemical peel. This is especially true if you choose a deeper peel procedure or a treatment with sessions that span over several months.
Check out our list of dermatologist-approved facials! All of our facials are performed by medical professionals. At Miami Center for Dermatology, we help you achieve the best-looking skin while making it as healthy as possible. Book a consultation with us today!