There's a transformative journey your skin undergoes with a chemical peel, an enchanting dance between science and your body's own natural processes. When given the right ingredients and nutrients, your skin can reveal a glowing radiance you never thought possible.
However, a proper post-peel skincare routine is paramount to ensure this process unfolds successfully. At Furtuna Skin, we believe that caring for your skin post-peel should feel luxurious and restorative and, ultimately, be an important way to honor your skin and everything it does for you.
So let’s explore what you need to know about how to hydrate your skin after your chemical peel.
What Is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a dermatological treatment that uses a carefully curated blend of acids to gently exfoliate the skin's surface, revealing a fresher, more radiant complexion beneath. This process involves shedding the outer layer, allowing your skin to emerge renewed and resplendent.
Chemical peels can vary in depth, from superficial peels that only penetrate the uppermost layer of the skin to medium and deep peels, which reach further into the skin to provide more dramatic results.
While they may seem akin to a fairy godmother's magic wand, able to address various skin concerns such as discoloration, fine lines, breakout scars, and dullness, it's important to remember that with such transformative power comes a period of delicate vulnerability post-procedure.
After a chemical peel, your skin is more vulnerable to the elements. It needs to be treated with the utmost care. This is where the dance becomes especially delicate, requiring a balance of gentle cleansing, hydration, and nourishment that doesn't compromise the new layer of skin.
It is crucial to ensure that the products used post-peel are not only effective but also respectful of your skin's current state, supporting it as it heals. So let’s discuss the factors you can prioritize as you adjust your skincare regimen to your skin’s new landscape.
Which Ingredients Should You Look For in Aftercare Products?
Navigating the world of skincare can be challenging, especially when you’re dealing with a post-peel complexion, because you may be more prone to dry or dehydrated skin. Your skin may also be more susceptible to external aggressors than usual.
Choosing the right moisturizer to encourage healing, ease redness and irritation, and keep the skin hydrated can help keep your skin looking glowing and radiant long after the effects of your peel wear off. To help make this easier, let’s talk about which ingredients you may want to look out for, as well as a few you may want to avoid.
Ingredients To Look For
When you’re trying to nourish and soothe your skin, it’s all about which ingredients you use. After a chemical peel, you may want to look for the following ingredients:
- Aloe: This soothing ingredient can help calm redness and irritation while encouraging hydration.
- Olive oil: Olive oil is not only an emollient and an occlusive, but it’s also a humectant. This means that it can help attract water to your skin while sealing it for maximum moisture.
- Probiotics: Prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics can help encourage a healthy skin microbiome, which is essential for skin repair and health. They can also help support the skin's barrier and even out skin texture.
- Antioxidants: These are plant compounds that can help protect against environmental damage and irritation. Ingredients like Vitamin C and E are beneficial for rejuvenating and brightening the skin, although most botanicals have antioxidant properties.
Ingredients To Avoid
Just like there are some ingredients that can be especially helpful during this time of healing, there are also some ingredients that can do more harm than good. These include:
- Fragrances and dyes: Synthetic fragrances and dyes can be irritating to the skin, especially post-peel when your skin is at its most vulnerable.
- Alcohol: Certain types of alcohol, like denatured alcohol, can be very drying to the skin. You may want to look for moisturizers that are alcohol-free to avoid further drying out your skin.
- Sulfates and parabens: These can be harsh and irritating on the skin. Parabens may interfere with hormone function, while sulfates can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.
- Harsh exfoliants: Chemical exfoliants like retinol and glycolic acid can cause irritation and sensitivity during the healing process after a chemical peel. You may also want to avoid physical exfoliants like washcloths, scrubs, brushes, and dermaplaners.
What Moisturizers Can Help After a Chemical Peel?
Now that you have a better idea of the kinds of products that might suit your post-peel skin, let’s walk through some highlights of a nourishing, hydrating, and incredibly gentle post-chemical peel routine.
Use a Lightweight Daily Moisturizer
Embarking on the road to recovery following a chemical peel calls for a companion that harmonizes with your skin's natural rhythms, fortifying its innate powers of renewal and protection. Our Daily Renewal Cream, infused with the magic of our Circadian Rhythm Complex, holds the secret to day-long hydration.
This lightweight moisturizing cream beautifully balances your skin's sebum and pH levels, shielding it from the relentless challenges of daily stressors. Its essence, captured from seven hand-picked, wild-foraged blooms, works in harmony with your skin’s own day-protect mode, encouraging nutrient uptake and supporting the moisture barrier.
Brimming with pre-, pro-, and post-biotics, the Daily Renewal Cream can even your skin's texture while its light-activated algae delivers a vibrant glow. Its delicate texture layers well under oils, SPF, and makeup, keeping your skin feeling hydrated and renewed.
Apply it in the morning after your regular cleansing and toning routine, and let it absorb into your skin, preparing it for the day. And for an extra dash of hydration, layer our Biphase Moisturizing Oil over your Daily Renewal Cream.
Use a Targeted Eye Cream
Our Eye Revitalizing Cream is an all-in-one corrective panacea for the delicate area around your eyes. It’s especially important to care for this area as you age because it’s particularly vulnerable to visible signs of aging.
Uniquely crafted with rare botanicals and our 360º Eye Revitalizing Complex, this cream gently awakens, brightens, and lifts your eye area, reducing the appearance of lines, puffiness, and dark circles.
Our eye cream is infused with Love-in-a-Mist, a rare bloom known for its abundance of nutrients. Along with six other potent medicinal flowers handpicked from our Sicilian farm, it forms the cornerstone of our 360º Eye Revitalizing Complex.
To use this eye cream, apply a pearl-sized amount with your ring finger, dotting the product around your eye area with a gentle tapping motion. Continue until the product has been fully absorbed, and experience the luxurious texture as it plumps and smooths the area, fitting seamlessly under your makeup.
You can also use the eye cream on your lip contours to help smooth fine lines around your mouth. This area may also be more prone to dryness after a chemical peel, so don’t be afraid to show it some extra attention.
Use a Rich Night Cream
As night falls and the stars twinkle, give your skin the care it deserves with our luxurious Nightly Renewal Cream. Designed to support your skin's regenerative powers during the evening hours, this cream works its magic, reducing the look of wrinkles for a visibly rejuvenated appearance by morning.
Our night cream owes its potency to our proprietary Circadian Rhythm Complex, infused with the same seven hand-picked, wild-foraged blooms found in our day cream. Working in concert with our unique Triple Enzyme Technology, these ingredients gently support the skin, encourage nutrient uptake, and provide moisture, leaving the skin visibly transformed.
After your regular cleansing, toning, and serum application, smooth our night cream over your face, neck, and décolleté, allowing it to absorb fully.
And for a calming bedtime ritual, follow up our night cream with a layer of our Replenishing Balm, basking in the soothing aroma of magnolia oil before you drift off to sleep. After just thirty days, 86% of users felt that their skin was visibly softer and brighter.
The Final Steps to Your Post-Peel Radiance
Embracing a chemical peel opens the door to a new realm of radiance for your skin. However, just like any journey, the path to revitalization and glow necessitates care, attention, and the right companions.
At Furtuna Skin, we pride ourselves on providing you with potent and luxurious post-peel skincare solutions. Our moisturizers are packed with ingredients full of the rich nutrients found on our Sicilian soil so that you can experience the luxury of Italy wherever you go.
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