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Tips for Maximizing Your At Home Peel Results

At home peels are a way for you to rejuvenate your skin and encourage cell turnover without having to set foot in your dermatologist's office on a daily or weekly basis. To truly get the best peel results, there are a few extra measures you can take to get your peel results to the next level.

Tip 1: Prep Your Skin

The most effective at home peels work by penetrating the skin using chemical exfoliants. They penetrate the pores to reduce fine lines, smooth skin and restore an overall glow to your face.

To allow the peel to penetrate most deeply, your skin needs to have a clean surface. This means your at home peel does not have to work its way through dirt, oil and makeup to go more deeply into the pores.

Start your peel process with a cleanser, such as BeautyRx Balancing Cleanser, which is appropriate for combination, oily, and normal skin. This cleanser contains cocamide diethanolamine, a surfactant that enhances oil removal, as well as glycerin, which attracts moisture to your skin. Use lukewarm water and about a dime-size amount of cleanser and gently massage the cleanser into your skin and rinse thoroughly.

You may also wish to follow up with a toner. Examples include BeautyRx Clarifying Toner or BeautyRx Purifying Toner. Purifying toners are more suitable for oily skin while clarifying toners can act as the final cleansing step for combination, dry and normal skin.

Tip 2: Peel in the Evening (So Your Sunscreen Gets Top Billing in the AM)

Among your moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup, there are a lot of competitors for your skin's attention in the morning. But sunscreen is vital to keeping your skin healthy for a lifetime. While there's technically no harm in applying a peel product in the morning, the less competition with your sunscreen, the better. That's why utilizing an at home peel at night makes for a more effective approach. Because at home peels work best when they can penetrate the skin as much as possible, you are less likely to apply products that conflict with your peel's application if you use your at home peel at night.

Remember that in the AM, your peel has removed the outer layer of stuck-on, dead skin cells, revealing new and healthy skin cells. You'll want to protect this newly revealed skin with a sunscreen and moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and sunburn-free.

Tip 3: Utilize a Peel With Progressive Exfoliation

This tip borrows a little wisdom from Albert Einstein "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Using a starter-strength product for an at-home peel can deliver results. However, the benefit of glycolic acid at home peels is that you can advance the peel's strength over time with no redness and downtime to elevate your results.

BeautyRx's The Progressive Peel utilizes increasing concentrations of glycolic acid, the gold standard for at-home and in-office peel ingredients. The peel slowly increases the amount of glycolic acid used on your skin so that over time, your results get a boost as well. The Progressive Peel is a six-week program, and you can then continue your results with The Progressive Peel Replenishment Kit, which contains the 10% glycolic Advanced Exfoliating Pads and the 15% glycolic Maximum Exfoliating Cream. This allows you to continue your results using the most effective concentrations of glycolic acid available on the market.

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