Wash your face with cool water. Cool or cold water helps soothe post-peel sensations.
Moisturize and hydrate. Since peels can temporarily compromise your skin’s protective barrier, it’s important to reinforce that barrier with a medium-to-thick moisturizer. Drink plenty of water to help avoid dehydration, which could make your skin feel tight.
Apply sunscreen with SPF30 or more. Your skin is more delicate after a peel, so avoid direct sun exposure which can lead to even more visible signs of aging. If you must be exposed, use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen. We recommend Jane Iredale and Bioelements to protect the skin.
Avoid strenuous workouts, dry saunas, and steam rooms on the day you use a peel. Increased blood circulation to the face can cause warming, tingling, itching, redness or other uncomfortable side effects to freshly peeled skin.
Don’t over-exfoliate. Peels are maximum-strength exfoliants, so you don’t need to use a separate exfoliating scrub, brush, or cleanser within 4 days of your peel. Over-exfoliating can lead to more redness or sensitivity, so wait until your skin feels up to it.