We are here to shed the layers of concern for those still-undecided on the benefits of a
good, rejuvenating, modern chemical peel.

With the holiday season around the corner, this is the best time to start a series of advanced treatments and chemical peels. Why? Just imagine your favorite aunt Helen and her annual close-up inspection of how you’re looking (read: aging.) This time of year brings parties, weddings, fall and winter holidays and oh-so-many selfies at every turn. The preparation time is now.

Still not convinced? We get it, the term “chemical peel” can be intimidating. If Samantha’s ill-fated flesh-eating peel on Sex and the City comes to mind, or if you’ve ever watched a YouTube video of an at-home chemical peel gone wrong, you have every right to be concerned.

To ease your mind, let’s look back at the history of chemical peels.

Chemical peeling, also known as skin resurfacing or advanced exfoliation, dates back more than 5,000 years. Cleopatra is believed to have used fruit acids and lactic acid from milk to maintain her beautiful complexion. Fast forward to 1883, when physicians began to use acids to remove acne scars and diminish wrinkles. In 1930, Antoinette La Gasse, who owned a practice in Los Angeles, was the first person to introduce chemical peeling to the United States. She later taught her protégée, Cora Galenti, the art of chemical peeling treating celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, Loretta Young, Gloria Swanson, and Ginger Rogers.

What is a chemical peel, exactly?

According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, today’s chemical peels are defined as “a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.” And, yes, some people do “peel.” However, peeling itself is a potential side-effect, not a goal. Some people will peel, some won’t, and is not the standard to judge the efficacy of the treatment.

Chemical peels remain the leading treatment to improve skin texture, lighten pigmentation (brown spots) diminish wrinkles and treat teenage and adult acne. New and improved formulas are available, meeting the needs of busy clients. Current technology promotes a progressive, rather than aggressive, approach, allowing for more advanced and results-driven treatments without the downtime. Fortunately for us, we live in a time when innovation gives us the ability to achieve clinical results in a spa setting. Today, we can enjoy the benefits of applied-science in a relaxing spa environment. I personally work with PCA Skin® because of their commitment to research and development, their emphasis on clinician education and their mission to create the most innovative and effective products available on the market. You can go more in-depth in your own chemical peel education at www.pcaskin.com (or come see me for a complimentary consultation!)

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s bring your skin to the next level of health!


Emilia Stanciu
Licensed Esthetician, CIDESCO Diplomate
Joseph Michael’s Salon and Spa
1313 Ritchie Court, Chicago Illinois 60610
Phone 312-482-9800