That High Maintenance Life: Adventures in Chemical Peels

 Post peel makeup!

Post peel makeup!

I’ve been reworking my skincare routine to find the balance between managing breakouts and preventing the early signs of aging. It’s been tricky finding ways to keep my oily skin under control and keep the wrinkles at bay, especially since most anti-aging treatments involve heavy moisturizing.

Last night on my Snapchat and Insta story,  I took you behind the scenes of my first chemical peel with Dr Charles from Derma di Colore. In preparation for the peel, I streamlined my skin care routine for 2 weeks prior, eliminating my retinoids and oil-control formulas in favor of gentle hydrating products.

Anti Aging Beauty Products

I relied on one of my new favorites, the Hydroxatone Hydrologic Active Infusion Moisture Mask. This new product was sent to me by their team to review, and it’s an amazing cleansing mask that deep cleans while delivering long lasting hydration. You start out like a normal face wash, applying it and massaging into the skin, then leave it on for 3 minutes before rinsing. I also used their Deep Moisture Sheet Mask instead of my usual charcoal one. I usually kept this one for long flights to save my skin from drying cabin air, and it was a great way to help my skin build moisture before the chemical peel.  

 Getting the peel on

Getting the peel on

These products had my skin feeling plump, refreshed and radiant and I was ready for the peel to do it’s work! I was low-key terrified I would come out looking like a lobster. Who could forget the Sex and the City episode when Samantha walked out of the office after a peel, red-faced, burnt and terrifying small children! But as you saw on Instagram, I left looking like my normal self. No dramatic results, but he does recommend repeating the treatment monthly to see its impact. In the meantime I’ll be keeping up with my gentle, moisture balancing routing with my Hydroxatone product line and layering on the sunscreen!