February in Maine can be tough on a lot of people, particularly those who dread the cold and crave daylight. I am one of those people. By February I’m tired of the winter weather and so is my skin. My face is dull and feels like it’s wearing a snorkel coat.

For this month’s blog, we decided a chemical peel was in order. Akari’s Medi Spa offers three types of peels. I went for the strongest type, the Rejuvenize Peel, which should tell you a little something about my skin. My fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation are besties. They seem to gather strength from each other like the three musketeers, so the Rejuvenize Peel seemed to be my best choice.

I was excited about the peel, but a little worried about the post-peel phase and what my face would look like.

My appointment was with Taylor Carley. As she walks you through the peel process it is quickly evident she is skilled, quite knowledgeable, and incredibly sweet to boot.

Shannon Moss showing how her skin responded to the chemical peelThis peel consists of six layers: three layers of a peel solution which consists of several different acids and three layers of retinol, which is a vitamin A compound that increases collagen production.

Taylor began the process with a double cleanse. Next, she used a prepping solution and then applied the six layers of peel, each left on for three minutes.

I immediately knew the first three levels of the peel were working because I could feel it. There was a slight burning or stinging sensation, but it wasn’t bad at all. A little warmth is nice during these winter months— it was kind of like a sauna for your face. And for those of you who don’t like a sauna, Taylor is front and center with a mini fan to help cool everything down.

The next three layers of retinol were soothing, like a summer day.

The process was quick. As for finishing touches, Taylor applied a Manuka honey mask to calm the skin. Then came a moisturizer, an SPF lotion and an under eye cream. I was good to go.

I’m sure you’re curious about the after-effects. With the Rejuvenize Peel, you can expect to start peeling in 2 days and for the peeling to last for 3 to 5 days.

Shannon Moss shows off her chemical peel 'goatee'.Like clockwork, the peeling and fading started in 48 hours. It began first around my nose and mouth. I had a skin goatee. Needless to say, everyone I encountered at work was informed immediately. “I had a chemical peel.”

It really wasn’t so bad. I was just self-conscious. Fortunately, I had the weekend to molt, like our popular crustacean. This is good news as the peel is stripping away layers of dead skin cells, like a little epidermis warrior.

This peel can be repeated every 4-6 weeks. A series of three peels is recommended, but to achieve the optimum results six peels are best.

Even after my first chemical peel, though, my skin feels so much smoother. The texture looks better and my complexion is brighter. So is my mood. This is the perfect antidote to a February in Maine.

To learn more about Akari’s chemical peels or any of its other services call 772.9060 or visit akaribeauty.com.

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