I have to admit I was a little bit nervous for the chemical peel I was scheduled for. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know if it was going to be painful or if I was going to have to hide myself for a week due to excessive peeling.
I am happy to report that neither was the case. Since this was my first chemical peel, aka the Progressive Peel on the Sego Lily menu, my awesome aesthetician Jessica told me that she would be sure and not be as aggresive as if it were my 4th or 5th. You gradually work up to a more intense treatment each time…thus the title Progressive Peel. For those of you that aren’t sure what a chemical peel does, it is basically a deep exfoliation using chemicals to enhance skin quality by removing its damaged outer layers, in order to create a smoother surface and improve its texture. The only real side effect is light flaking and peeling similar to a sunburn and possible sensitivity to the sun.
When Jessica took me into the treatment room, I was very excited because I was in the room with the cool ceiling! I had seen it before many times but never had a treatment in there until this one. I had to take photos of it because it would be too hard to describe. Add that little bit of ambiance to your already relaxed state and well…it just doesn’t get any better! Okay, maybe if someone like say…Johnny Depp, came in and fed me some exotic chocolate while I was in my zen zone, then it could get just a little bit better, but other than that, no way.
Jessica got started by cleansing my face really well. She also had the steam machine misting warmly to open the pores on my face. She then put on a product to prepare my skin for the chemicals. It was a little tingly, but not painful. My favorite part between each product was the warm towel that she wrapped around my face. That felt so incredibly good. She told me before she applied the chemical product that it might sting a little. I was happily surprised that it wasn’t too bad for me. She said the degree of sensation is different for everyone. It did sting a bit with somewhat of a burning sensation, but she only left it on for eight minutes and so it was really no big deal. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being very painful, it was only about a three. It did increase some as time progressed but nothing I would really complain about. I do understand that with each treatment the sensation or uncomfortableness will intensify because it progressively goes deeper.
While we waited for the chemicals to do their thing, Jessica gave me a neck and shoulder massage. The pain could have been very intense and it wouldn’t have mattered at that point. I was taken to another world and completely relaxed. I would compare it to having nitrous oxide at the dentist. You can still feel the pain, but you don’t care. Same idea here. It was wonderful. I carry all my stress in my neck and shoulders and I could feel it release as she worked her magic.
After that Jessica then cleansed my face again making sure to remove all the chemical residue. It felt good to be relieved of the burning sensation as she applied a soothing lotion of some kind and, of course, sunscreen. She then gave me a scalp massage. Everyone should be blessed with a scalp massage every day. I loved it! I love my hair played with because it feels so good. This was that feeling times 10.
That really was all there was to it. Fairly quick and not too uncomfortable at all. And who can complain when you are getting pampered right along with it?
It is recommended for the Progressive Peel that for best results you schedule a series of 5-6 treatments with at least one week in between each. It is important to stay out of the sun as much as possible and to be sure and wear sunscreen on your face whether there is a lot of sun or not, as your skin will be much more sensitive to sun damage for a couple of weeks until the new skin is replenished. I was also warned that when it starts to peel and flake, to not pick or peel at it (something I love to do!) because it can scar if you do that. However, the degree of peeling for me was very minimal. It was more of a very light flaking.
As I left, I felt like I was glowing. And that’s always a good feeling! I would have to give it a two thumbs up as a very a“peel” ing way to fight the aging process.
Thanks again Sego Lily!