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Your 7-Day Guide to Peeling

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Your 7-day guide to peeling (anytime of year)

If you are asking yourself if you should get a peel, is the “down time” going to be manageable…the answer is YES!

At Golden Isles Center for Plastic Surgery, we are advocates for getting a peel in every season…yes even the Summer months! You can read our blog (here) to find out the five reasons why you should get a VI Peel in the summertime.

You can live life normally with our painless VI Peels but we understand that some people may not want to show their shedding skin to the world during the heavy peeling days (days 3-5). If you are one of those people, don’t worry! There are tons of fun things to do inside throughout the peeling process.  Here is a quick 7-day guide of what you can expect with your peel as well as some suggestions of what to do while peeling.

Day 1: Application Day

After the VI Peel is applied, you will have a sun kissed tint and healthy glow to your skin.

Today is a great day to run all your errands and get stocked up on some groceries and maybe pick up some fun things to do during your time indoors. We suggest grabbing some ingredients for that recipe you have been meaning to try or some craft supplies for a DIY project you found on Pinterest. A Sudoku book, magazines, a book or e-reader, that new game you have been entertaining downloading from the App store would also be great ideas for ways to fill your upcoming relaxing days.

Tip from Noel: Be sure to wear a hat and sunglasses, avoiding direct sun exposure while the peel is working its magic.

You will be given post-peel instructions and a kit to help ensure all steps are properly followed after the VI Peel is administered giving you the most optimum results.

Day 2: Tight Face but looking just fine!

The skin will have tightening around your face, but the peeling process will likely not have begun.

We think it is a great idea to host a potluck at your house with your family or friends. It’s perfect because it is a fun social gathering where you don’t have to do all the work! Make it easy- take the role of salad. Your excuse for picking the easiest one is that you can’t be sitting over a hot stove for the next 7 days. Our favorite is a Caprese Salad since it is so refreshing and delicious! If you need other recommendations, check out some of our other favorite cold recipes here.

After the night has ended, all that chatting, and smiling will do your skin some good and will start kicking the peeling process into gear.

Day 3: Starting to Peel

You are likely to start peeling around the mouth area. It’s nothing to be ashamed of but if you want to hibernate for the next few days while you shed here are some fun indoor things you can do.

Time to be straight-up lazy today! You can finally accomplish all those leisurely things you have put on hold for a while. Go ahead, buy that book on your kindle wish list, or maybe if reading is not your thing, binge watching a series you keep hearing about might be more appealing. If you are needing some recommendations, we currently love Stranger Things, Shameless, The Good Fight, when in doubt, any reality TV show is always entertaining.

Tip from Noel: Don’t pick at your skin!  Washing your face with the VI Derm Cleanser or Skinceuticals Genlte cleanser will naturally remove some of the skin. It is very important not to pick..RESIST THE URGE!

Day 4: Happy Peeling!

You will likely be peeling heavily, especially around the nose and mouth area. Today your plan is to have no plans.

For most, it is likely the weekend so you have some time to prep a fantastic meal for yourself or your family. You know the meals that you slow roast or leave in a crockpot for a long time. It could be Christmas in July with a Pot Roast or live it up in the summer time with some Texas Chili and cornbread.  While your mouth-watering meal is slow simmering, go ahead and continue binge watching the series you started yesterday.

Please note that it is important to keep your face away from hot steam since you are still peeling.

Tip from Noel: Make sure to apply VI Derm Post Peel Protectant up to 3 times a day.

Day 5: Still peeling but you can see the light at the end of the tunnel

The peeling process has started to subside and is less noticeable in places like on the sides of your face in the cheeks and over your forehead.

We get it, being inside all the time can make you get restless and go a little stir crazy. We encourage those who want to go outside just do it! Your friends and family won’t care. Go out and have a nice brunch, drink a mimosa and have good conversations. Just be sure to keep your SPF 50+ close by for reapplication every few hours.

If you still want to live the hermit life, go ahead and have a relaxing at home spa day. Light some candles or diffuse some essential oils, put on a hair mask, paint your toenails and then slip into some rest and relaxation with a Sudoku puzzle, magazine or try to beat that next candy crush level you have been stuck on for days.

Day 6: Peeling is basically done- you’re almost there!

There is a little peeling left to go around the outer face, along the hair line, and you may have started to peel on your neck.

Life pretty much goes back to normal on this day. You can get back into the groove at work or finally get those errands done you have been putting off for the past few days. Go ahead, call up your girlfriends and say you are still alive and want to do lunch. We still advise you to hold off on incorporating your full skincare regimen at this time. Using products like Retinol could aggravate your new fresh skin.

Tip from Noel: Be diligent about applying SPF 50+ throughout the day. Your fresh new skin is still very sensitive and needs to be protected. 

Day 7: You look Gorgeous and are Radiant!

Congratulations! You have made it and you look amazing!

Today, your skin is going to be glowing and everyone is going to notice! Life will be completely back to normal and you can do whatever you please. Your skin will look radiant and it is the perfect time to show off.

Did you know that we offer a referral program at Golden Isles Center for Plastic Surgery? For each patient that you refer to us, you receive $25 in beauty bucks that you can use towards any future purchase and there is no limit to the number of beauty bucks you receive!! That could mean your next VI Peel is on us! So, go ahead and brag to all your friends!

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