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Video:How to Apply a Face Peel

with Lynn Reynolds

Applying a face peel isn't as easy as buying one, slathering it on your face and wiping it off. One must take precautions and act safely in order to get the best results. Here are instructions for applying a face peel.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Apply a Face Peel

Hi, I'm Lynn Reynolds for About.com. Today, I'm going to show you how to do a face peel.

Types of Face Peels

There are several types of face peels. Basically, a face peel is a solution that usually consists of an acid. It works by removing the top layer of skin from the face, revealing the fresh skin beneath. Some good first-time peel choices are Glycolic acid peels and Lactic acid peels, as they are mild and involve little to no recovery time. Always start by cleansing your face first, and applying a toner if you use one. Pat your face dry with a towel. It is really important to read the instructions for your face peel, as they're all different and you can damage your skin if you don't do it right. So I'll be doing the steps that my peel requires, but keep in mind yours may be a little different.

Test Your Face Peel First

Test your peel first, to make sure you don't have an adverse reaction. Put a small amount on your cheek and wait until you feel a slight burn, then rinse it off. A little redness and irritation are normal; but if you get itchiness, burning or a rash, try a milder formula. After 48 hours, if the spot test seems okay, then it's time to do our peel. Start with the neck and chest area. Apply a small amount and move upwards in a light, circular motion. Continue up the face, using a light touch, and the upwards motion. As you get to the eye area, place the peel no closer than 1/2 inch from the eye. This skin is much more sensitive than the rest of the face, so you want to avoid it. We'll speed it up here so you can see the whole process. Continue to apply the peel until all of your face is covered, working quickly but carefully, and again being sure to avoid that eye area. When your face is covered, go over your face's surface once more with the brush, to make sure you haven't missed any spots.

Removing the Face Peel

Leave on your skin for the time specified in the product's instructions. When the time is up, remove the peel with a warm wet washcloth, working your way up your face. Or, if you're using a peeling-type mask, peel it off. Rinse with lukewarm water, making sure to get all of the product off. Dry your skin with a towel and apply the neutralizing solution to your entire face. Don't forget the neck area. Be sure to apply sunscreen before you go out, as face peels leave your skin much more sensitive to the sun. Your skin may be a bit red and slightly irritated for the next couple of days. This is normal, and a result of the new skin's healing process.

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