Whoever made up the name “chemical peel” did the treatment a serious disservice. Until recently, I had never been for a chemical peel because I have serious issues with peeling skin. I can’t even look at Arbutus trees without wanting to be sick. I avoid direct sunlight out of fear of getting a burn that might peel. My phobia is actually quite extreme. The idea of putting chemicals on my face that result in a self induced peeling of skin is something that I would have nightmares about, but with a little bit of reassurance from friends, I did successfully get my first chemical peel and I’m really glad I did.

It turns out that the name is the only part of a chemical peel that’s scary. I felt relaxed from the moment I walked into the doors of Cosmedica. The space is beautiful, bright and tranquil. The staff are all so kind. It feels a bit like walking into a spa of the future where you know you’re in good hands. Founded by award winning dermatologist, Dr. Lupin, Cosmedica is built upon years of research and experience, so I don’t really know what I was worried about.

The chemical peel process is not much different than that of a facial. You lay back, they cover your eyes and proceed to apply a series of products onto your face. There is a slight tingle, but the feeling is subtle and not much different than that of an astringent. Before you know it, they’ve applied some masks and a moisturizers and it’s all done. Although I have some of the most sensitive skin, my face wasn’t very red at all. In fact, the skin felt softer than ever.

I am well aware that there is such thing as a chemical peel that results in the blistering redness we hear about on Real Housewives, but what I learned and didn’t know before was that it doesn’t have to be this way. My skin felt a little tight for a few days after the treatment and at some point it got a little dry, but it was just subtle flakes and not the scary peeling that I was imagining. It really didn’t bother me at all. The Cosmedica approach to a chemical peel involves several repeated visits, a few weeks apart in which the peeling process is done in increments, so that you get the full benefits without any of the discomfort. In fact, it’s all pretty relaxing.

About 5 days after the Chemical Peel, the dryness was gone and my skin was looking better than ever. My complexion was even and my skin texture smooth. I refused to wear any makeup out of fear of covering my beautiful new skin! I am already looking forward to my next peel. You should try one too.

Have you had a chemical peel before? Let me know in the comments!