Upper West Spa
Our highly customizable selection of exfoliating facials includs massage and extractions. Whatever your skin condition, we have the solution to reveal the beautiful, smooth skin you were born with. Allow our therapists to customize a SkinCeuticals peel to aid in deeper exfoliation of the epidermis. We have a full spectrum of formulas for treating any skin type: dry and sensitive to acne, with ZERO down-time. Glycolic, Lactic, Mandelic or Salicylic Peel Facials are waiting to be chosen. We may layer different peels, add dermaplaning or microdermabrasion to enhance the final outcome.
Here are some of our most popular exfoliating chemical peels:
Formulated with 20% glycolic acid, this light chemical peel is ideal for sun-damaged, aging skin and helps reduce the appearance of ﬁne lines and wrinkles. Our Glycolic Facial exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin by accelerating the cell renewal process, stimulating collagen synthesis, and improving elastin ﬁbers in the dermis.
Ideal for: Normal and Combination skin types; dehydrated, discolored, and/or photo-damaged skin
SkinCeutical Gel Peel features a synergistic combination of 20% salicylic acid and 10% mandelic acid to exfoliate surface cells, dissolve sebum and cellular debris in the pores, accelerate cellular renewal, and support the skin’s natural production of structural proteins with minimal irritation. It also features Mediterranean Fruit Vinegar that supplies citric and malic acids to enhance exfoliation, softens and revitalizes the skin. Perfect for sensitive, acneic and blemish-prone skin, this light, gel-based chemical peel formulation enhances application precision while minimizing pooling and run-off. Ideal For: Oily, Sensitive and Acne-prone skin
Ideal For: Oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin
This is ideal for dehydrated and more sensitive skin types. It features lactic acid, phytic acid and niacinamides. Lactic acid is a hydrating exfoliator for an immediate skin improvement and “red carpet glow”. It also acts as a humectant by binding water in the skin for an instant increase in smoothness and hydration. PHYTIC ACID adds a brightening action and antioxidant properties to fight free radical damage while 2% niacinamide helps reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and blotchiness. Least but not last 10% sage extract is a skin-soothing botanical known for its calming antioxidant benefits
Ideal For: Dehydrated and sensitive skin
Ideal For: Dry, mature, and more resilient skin types
Skincare professionals use chemical peels to exfoliate the skin’s surface and reduce the appearance of blemishes, smooth skin texture, and improve radiance. These peels are most effective at enhancing cell turnover and restoring the overall appearance of the skin.
Chemical peels come in many different strengths and acidic formulations, ranging from superﬁcial peels to deeply penetrating formulas. Some common acids in chemical peels include:
Chemical peels should always be performed by a licensed skincare professional with access to high-performing and clinically-tested peel solutions. Your skincare professional may also recommend advanced homecare products to prepare your skin for the peel and extend the results of the treatment
Chemical peels can work for clients with a range of skin needs. A skincare professional will determine the best type of chemical peel for you based on your skin condition, skincare habits, and your “Fitzpatrick type,” which categorizes your skin color and susceptibility to burning. In general, the higher the Fitzpatrick skin type, the more caution is necessary to avoid adverse skin reactions. Our therapists do not typically recommend chemical peels for clients with extremely sensitive skin or skin barrier dysfunction, such as eczema or psoriasis.
Depending on your skin type, cosmetic concerns, Fitzpatrick type, and skincare habits, your aesthetician will recommend the best type of chemical peel for you. Chemical peels are categorized by how deeply they penetrate the skin: superﬁcial, medium, or deep.
Superficial peels penetrate only the uppermost layer of the epidermis, and they’re often performed in a series to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. SkinCeuticals chemical peels, which are provided by a select group skincare professionals, suit a wide array of skin types and feature superﬁcial, medium, and deep options.
Chemical peels work to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. By sloughing off the outer layers of the skin, these peels improve blemishes and skin tone while reducing ﬁne lines and wrinkles. A professional chemical peel far outweighs the effects of an exfoliating scrub or brush.
During this treatment, the aesthetician applies a pre-determined quantity of the peel solution to the skin for a speciﬁed amount of time. The time depends on the concentration and form of chemical peel solution, as well as the client’s skin type and reactivity to the treatment. Chemical peels ultimately react with the uppermost layer of skin, dissolving the bonds that bind surface skin cells and revealing a smoother, healthier layer of skin underneath.
The intensity of chemical peels depends on the pH of the formulation, as well as the size of the molecule itself. The lower the pH of a chemical peel, the stronger the acidity; but this is also influenced by the acid molecules themselves. For example, a 20% concentration of glycolic acid at a pH of 3 may exfoliate more deeply than the same formulation of lactic acid, since glycolic acid molecules are smaller and can penetrate the skin more effectively.
There’s a chemical peel for nearly every skin type. To find the best treatment for you, one of our licensed, compassionate aestheticians can help you determine which peel suits your skin type and concerns.
Depending on your skin sensitivity and previous experience with skincare, your experience during a chemical peel will vary. In general, if your skin is already accustomed to acids or retinoids, you may not feel much during a chemical peel.
While superﬁcial chemical peels offer the least penetration, you may still experience a tingling sensation and mild discomfort, which will subside shortly. Upon application, a superﬁcial peel may also produce mild redness: similarly, this will disappear in a few minutes.
Immediately after a chemical peel, skin becomes more photosensitive. After treatment, it’s important to apply a daily broad spectrum sunscreen and minimize sun exposure as much as possible.
The frequency of your chemical peel treatments depends on the depth and concentration of the peel.
Most clients can incorporate superﬁcial peels into their monthly skin maintenance program. More advanced peels can be performed few times per year.
Due to the exfoliating nature of chemical peels, the skin may become more susceptible to damage from environmental aggressors immediately after treatment. In addition to a daily broad spectrum sunscreen, your skincare professional may also recommend an at-home skincare regimen to maintain the results of your chemical peel.
You should get a chemical peel at a licensed spa from a trusted aesthetician or cosmetic doctor. When performed by inexperienced hands, chemical peels can result in scarring, swelling, infection, discoloration, and other unwanted outcomes.
If you want to introduce chemical peels to your skin maintenance regimen, schedule a consultation with a skincare professional. Based on your skin needs, they will customize your peel treatment and recommend pre- and post-peel care plans, which will prime and protect your skin.
At Upper West Spa, we recommend that clients incorporate an at-home skincare regimen chemical peels. Depending on your treatment history and skin type, our aestheticians may recommend other plans and products to care for your skin at home.*
*First-time clients are required to schedule a complimentary initial consultation to determine the optimal treatment plan.