Facials and Chemical Peels

Facials and Chemical Peels, Victoria, B.C.

Facials and chemical peels are both effective and popular skincare treatments. The main difference lies in the issues they address. Facials focus on exfoliation, congestion removal, and blackhead extraction while nourishing the skin and require little to no downtime. Chemical peels, on the other hand, use non-abrasive acids for a more aggressive exfoliation to reveal newer, healthier younger looking skin with less signs of damage. Facials are suitable for superficial concerns and can be done more frequently with lower risk, while chemical peels are better for advanced skin issues and reducing signs of aging. Both facials and chemical peels encourage healthy cellular turnover and healthier skin in general.

Facials and Chemical Peels

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Fire & Ice Facials

Our Fire & Ice Facial rejuvenates the skin without excessive peeling. It combines warming and cooling sensations, with an intensive resurfacing mask to heat the skin and a rejuvenating mask to cool it. Often called the “Red Carpet Facial” for its immediate benefits, it refines skin texture, diminishes blemishes, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. You may experience temporary flushing due to increased circulation from Vitamin B3, but it quickly fades.

Exfoliating Clear Skin Facials

The Exfoliating Clear Skin Facial is an advanced treatment tailored for gentle exfoliation with soothing benefits, perfect for oily, congested, or blemish-prone skin. This facial deep-cleanses, smoothes, minimizes enlarged pores, and provides soothing hydration for improved skin health.

Harmony Facials

The Harmony Facial, designed by iS Clinical for cancer patients, is a soothing, cooling treatment ideal for sensitive and compromised skin. Featuring ingredients like olive leaf extract for soothing and antibacterial effects, tripeptides for skin texture and elasticity, and hyaluronic acid for hydration and anti-aging benefits, this facial renews your skin’s tone, clarity, and resilience. The creamy mask, perfect for delicate, aging, dry, and sensitive skin, is gently massaged onto your skin, enhancing circulation and revitalizing tired skin. It can be complemented with iS Clinical skincare, including the “Pure Wellness Collection” for cancer warriors. Book your Harmony Facial today to pamper and rejuvenate your delicate skin!

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What Is the Benefit of Facials?

There are a variety of benefits to getting regular facials. Facials are great if you have congested or dull skin, if you struggle with redness or have acne-prone skin a regular facial can clear your pores, smooth out the texture of your skin, calm inflammation and give you a dewy glow. In addition to being relaxing, exfoliating facials performed every 4-6 weeks target pores, fine lines, dull, dry and oily skin, surface pigmentation, and acne. Immediately following a facial your skin will look brighter, hydrated and healthier. Facials improve the blood flow to the skin, reducing puffiness and fluid buildup from the lymphatic system. Improved circulation also brings oxygen, nutrition and white blood cells to the skin to optimize skin cell health and promote collagen production. With regular facials, your skin concerns become less noticeable and your skin health is improved. Facials are a great way to extend the benefits of your chemical peel. Facials are safe to do frequently, as often as once every week or two depending on your skin type, concerns and level of sensitivity.

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What Is the Benefit of a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels on the other hand, use non-abrasive acids such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic acid to intentionally remove the upper layer of the skin to more aggressively target issues that arise from the deeper layers of the skin. They are used to target more serious skin concerns like deep or resistant hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and acne breakouts, in addition to dull, dry, oily, rough and congested skin. Because chemical peels remove the upper layers of the skin they can leave the skin red, flaky, and peeling which usually requires some down time, anywhere from 4-14 days. After a peel, the skin will also be more sensitive to UV rays so mineral based SPF should be used diligently and sun exposure should be avoided. Once the skin heals the results are typically more dramatic than with a facial alone. Chemical peels should be done far less frequently than facials as when done too often they can sensitize the skin instead of revitalizing the skin.

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AFA Chemical Peels

AFA chemical peels boost skin moisture retention by harnessing acidic amino acids, the skin’s natural moisturizing factor. AFA, short for Amino acid filaggrin-based Antioxidants, capitalizes on filaggrin, a skin protein crucial for moisture retention. The unique benefit? AFAs can maintain a low pH (typically more aggressive in chemical peels) without the typical discomfort, tightness, or downtime associated with traditional peels. They deliver results comparable to AHA and BHA peels with lower risk and fewer side effects. Suitable for all skin types (excluding highly sensitive or compromised skin), they can be combined with laser treatments, microneedling, and microdermabrasion for added efficacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What acids are used in chemical peels?

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) like: Glycolic acid, lactic acid, and citric acid. These are often used to treat changes in skin colour like melasma, sun spots and post-inflammatory hyperpigmenation. AHAs are more aggressive in exfoliating than BHAs.

Beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) like: Salicylic acid are used to treat enlarged pores and acne and it has antibacterial properties. BHAs are a bit more gentle than AHAs but also have a different purpose.

Trichloroacetic acid: is used in medium or deep peels.

Phenol: is a powerful chemical used in deep peels.

Why does pH matter with chemical peels?

Both the kind of acid used and the pH used are essential. The lower the pH, the more acidic and stronger the chemical peel is. The acid breaks apart the proteins in the skin, destroying and removing the skin, and the body repairs itself with new skin.

What are the risks of chemical peels?

  • Allergy or irritation requiring medication
  • Chemical burn
  • Inhalation of chemical
  • Infections
  • Ocular exposure
  • Hyper/Hypopigmentation (permanent)

What do chemical peels treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Exfoliate the skin without irritation
  • Minimize acne, breakouts and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Reduce the redness, irritation and symptoms of rosacea Increase collagen production
  • Refine fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brighten and lighten hyperpigmentation,
  • Reduce signs of aging and sun damage
  • Smooth skin texture
  • Minimize appearance of pores
  • Correct and maintain proper moisture balance of the skin