Facials vs. Chemical Peels: Here's What You Need to Know to Choose Wisely

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If you're looking for a transformational skincare experience, it's important to understand just what all those fancy "facials" at your local spa really mean, and how to discern which one is right for you (and worth the mula!).

So while getting a facial may certainly be an enjoyable way to pamper yourself, if you're going into it with the intention of noticeably improved skin - specifically if you're dealing with acne or hyper-pigmentation - you'd be smarter to opt for a chemical peel instead.

I have recently started seeing Jeanet, from Jeanet Spa, for some of my own skin conditions, and her exquisite diligence in both knowledge and execution on all things skincare has rightly won my trust.

Jeanet is a huge advocate for efficiency in spa services - while we all love a good 'spa day' - sometimes what you really crave are RESULTS. For that, she suggests passing on a standard facial and treating yourself to a chemical peel instead.


Chemical peels are very effective and versatile in that they can address different skin concerns in one treatment (i.e. acne, signs of aging and pigmentation). They take less time than a regular facial and produce more visible and corrective results.

However, all peels are not created equal, they range from superficial to deep.

  • Superficial peels are often referred to as “lunch time peels”. It is painless, however you may experience some slight tingling with a bit of mild redness afterwards. The results will be fresher looking skin that is slightly smoother and less blemishes.

  • Medium peels are slightly uncomfortable and may require a bit of recovery time, usually up to a week after treatment. The results is radiant skin, smoother texture, more even toned with moderate lines and blemishes removed.

  • Deeper peels are best done under the supervision of a Dermatologist. As always, your skin must be assessed to determine if a peel is suitable for your skin profile and condition.

To achieve the best results from your peel:

1. Prior to your peel - your skin should be pre-treated. The pre-treatment regime will help the skin peel more evenly and speed healing recovery after the peel. 
2. Post peel - the skin is initially tender and more sensitive to sun. So, correct home care products, plus protection (broad spectrum SPF) is the key to proper skin recovery.

Note: The correct home care products and professional treatments works synergistically to improve and enhance the health and beauty of your skin. 


So next time you just want a good old Instagram-worth #selfcareday at the spa - go on and indulge in a refreshing facial. But when you're looking to clean and heal your face in a way that's powerful and with real noticeable results - it's time to get peeling.

Ready to get started? Here's everything you need to know for next steps on your exciting skincare peel experience - direct from the expert:

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A consultation with your Aesthetician would be the first step when deciding to have a peel. During the consultation, your skin will be accessed, and if a peel is right for your skin, you will need to commit (purchase) to using products that will acclimate your skin prior to the peel. The pre-treatment is typically 10 to 14 days completed at home. You will also be provided with a list of pre-treatment protocols. (i.e. avoid sun exposure and the use of retinoid products up to 14 days before treatment)

After treatment, you will be provided with a post treatment kit (products included with peel which typically last 5 to 7 days) and instructions to aid in your skin recovery.