Transitioning between seasons can be difficult for our skin – drier air, higher winds, and colder temperatures can sap the moisture and glow from your skin quicker than summer instilled it. After a lovely hot summer, you need chemical peels to fortify your skin against the longer nights and darker days!
What happens to your skin during the autumn/winter months
If you missed our guide to winter skincare, then we’ll give you a quick update. The drier and colder air saps your skin of moisture, and putting the heating on once you’re indoors also contributes to this. This is why your skin often feels tighter and seems greyer during the winter months, and it’s only partially attributed to the lack of suntan.
This is why sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis flare up during the winter months because this already dry and sensitive skin is being irritated further. Dry skin also reflects the light poorly, so your complexion may appear ‘flatter’ with less of a glow because the light is literally hitting it differently.
How a chemical peel revives autumn/winter skin
A chemical peel, or a course of them, will be the best treatment for your skin this autumn. This forceful topical exfoliant creates a controlled wound on the surface of the skin, drying out the surface-level skin cells and forcing the body to shed them. This essentially exfoliates away the dead, dying, and damaged skin cells.
Your skin then reacts by having its revival processes generated. It produces new, fresh skin cells to replace those that were lost and increases collagen production beneath the skin’s surface. This helps with your skin’s overall vibrancy because these damaged skin cells will flake away and reveal new skin beneath that will reflect the light better.
Exfoliating in general during the autumn and winter months is really important, as your skin doesn’t typically sweat as much due to the temperature. There’s less oil present naturally, and the weather saps the rest of it away, so you need to remove these dead skin cells left behind. If a chemical peel isn’t for you, then a good topical exfoliator or serum is definitely for you.
Autumn/winter chemical peel aftercare
Chemical peels are best saved for these months because of the lessened sun exposure in your day to day life. Your skin can heal without worrying about being irritated by direct, strong UV rays (though you do still need to wear sun protection after your treatments) and your results will look far more impressive.
For aftercare, you need to wear sun protection after your peel and for the 3-4 days following it whilst you heal. A good moisturiser is also recommended to help fortify the new skin cells coming to the surface. We ask that you don’t pick at the flaking skin as this could make it sore and cause hyperpigmentation, as the body will shed this when it is ready.
Chemical peels help to breathe new life into your skin when it feels dull, dry, and damaged. It’s the perfect autumn/winter skin treatment. To find out more about boosting your complexion this season, contact Face Perfect Clinic in Leeds to book a consultation with us and find out more about these beautiful treatments!