Everything goes smoothly with the right peeling

Peeling is like weekly cleaning for the skin. The essentials are cleaned every day, but towards the weekend everything should shine again really nicely. But which peeling is right for your skin? And how do peelings work best? You can find the answers here.

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The different types of scrubs

Often tastes differ, but soft, smooth skin is actually on everyone's wish list. So it's not surprising that peels are booming. And these are now available in a wide variety of forms, from mechanical to fruit acid peelings to enzyme peelings.

How do the different types of peeling work, who are they suitable for and where should a professional go? Let's take a closer look at mechanical, chemical, and enzyme peels.

Mechanical peelings – ideal for the body

The word body Scrub says it already: This type of peeling scrubs dead skin with small abrasive particles away. They consist of sugar, ground coffee beans, fruit stones or - Be careful! plastic. Incidentally, you can recognize the latter from information such as «PEG» in the ingredients and is bad insofar as you put plastic directly into our body of water tilts. (You can also recognize plastic in cosmetics from the terms on this Greenpeace list. ) So it's better to use the natural variants.

These are completely safe to use on healthy skin on the body and offer many advantages: They make the skin smooth and soft and promote blood circulation. With regular useonce or twice a week they also ensure that fewer hairs grow in after shaving.

For the face, mechanical peelings can be quite harsh. However, I still think it's good, as long as a few things are considered. In particular, daily scrubs, which are sometimes offered for blemished skin, dry out the skin far too much. Pimples in particular do not heal faster through ruthless permanent peeling, but the bacteria are only better distributed.

Stop & go for mechanical peels

  • Better not for stressed skin and inflammatory skin diseases such as perioral dermatitis, acne or rosacea
  • Ideal for the body and for healthy, non-sensitive skin for gentle facial peelings

Would you like to try a DIY peeling recipe? In the article Make your own peeling, we share our tried-and-tested recipes with you.

Enzyme peelings – the gentle way

Enzyme peelings are limited in their effect to the skin surface, which they clean and disinfect. There, dead skin cells are connected to the fresh ones underneath. You can think of it like a cake where the crust has gotten a bit hard and dark, but it's all one piece with the fluffy batter underneath. Enzyme-splitting proteinsgently dissolve the cell structures so that you can simply wash away the old skin cells with water. This is completely natural, because proteins from papaya or pineapple are often included.

Enzyme peelings are used like a mask: Apply once or twice a week, leave on and rinse off. Regularity is important. Not only do you create a fresher complexion, you can even pigment spots and blemishes including pimple marks.

Due to the higher price compared to mechanical peels, they are usually only used on the face. There are hardly any restrictions, because these mild peelings are actually suitable for every skin type.

Stop & go for enzyme peels

  • In no case in the case of perioral dermatitis, there is a general ban on cosmetics
  • Suitable for all skin types

Chemical peelings with AHA fruit acids and Co.

This type of peeling is mainly known as fruit acid peeling. This works by means of AHA (glycolic acid peeling) or BHA (salicylic acid peeling). It stimulates regeneration and removes the outer layer of skin. Depending on the concentration, the peeling can also have a significantly greaterdeep effect. The effect is strong, but so is the skin irritation, because these peelings are very aggressive. Redness, swelling and peeling skin are common side effects - after all, chemical peels are also known as peeling treatments.

🍋 Many sera and cleansing products that are intended to prevent skin aging or impurities contain an AHA - or BHA complex. Here the concentration is usually low, but it does not hurt to pay attention to irritations!

when using it

Chemical peels put a lot of strain on the skin and, in my opinion, are not recommended, even if they are very hyped at the moment. Above all, I advise against trying it yourself at home. If you use the wrong dosage, you can burn your skin. Only in certain cases one can consider whether the treatment makes sense, for example in the case of annoying acne scars or accumulations of pigment. The desire for relief is understandable here, but then fruit acid peelings definitely belong in the hands of professionals.

Stop-and-go for chemical peels

  • Not ideal because it's too aggressive and an absolute no-go for sensitive, stressed skin
  • Recommended at best as a therapy against scars or pigment spots

My tip: It's better to exfoliate gently and regularly! The clear favorites for the face are the gentle enzyme peelings for all skin types.

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Time for a peeling FAQ on how and when

How often is peeling useful?

When it comes to peelings, opinions differ. Some do it consistently every week, others are more opportunistic. The "Oh-I-could-be-again» group tends to scrub as needed. The skin could look rosier or does it peel after the summer vacation? Then down with the old skin cells. Exfoliation is also helpful for healing pimples to free scabbed areas. And honestly, if you're otherwise happy with your skin, why change anything?

But the regularity also has something to offer. In this way you support the regeneration continuously. Not only can you enjoy the fresh feeling after an exfoliation more often, you can prevent blemishes and discolouration. Treat yourself to a scrub once or twice a week at most. Please not every day, this can irritate the skin and is not even necessary.

Do you prefer to use facial peeling in the morning or in the evening?

In the evening. You usually have a) more time and b) the skin can regenerate optimally overnight. Even if you use a mild enzyme peeling, you are exposing a very fresh, young cell layer that is a little more sensitive. However, since the skin is no longer expected to be subjected to any great strain at night, it recovers in peace and regenerates really well.

What is the place of peeling in the care routine?

It comes after cleaning, i.e. removing make-up. I'm a fan of minimalist cleansing because it's particularly gentle and super effective with a make-up remover oil. So after you have removed all make-up residues with a cosmetic pad or washcloth, it is time for the peeling. For extra care, you can then pamper your face with a light moisturizing serum.

Does a peeling have to work?

That depends on the type of peeling. Mechanical peels, no. They work with abrasives and free the pores through careful massaging. Chemical and enzyme peelings need a certain exposure time. How long it is depends on the product. So be sure to follow the instructions here!

Scrub away!
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