Go back a decade, and maintaining a youthful appearance for men over 50 took a back seat. Things have changed (hear, hear!) and it seems more and more are unveiling revitalised skin by having a regular chemical peel, redefining what it means to age with confidence.
Men, just like women, deserve to look and feel their best as they get older, and regular peels are a robust weapon against visible signs of ageing. The wear and tear of daily life affects men just as much as the fairer sex - let's face it, there comes a time when we're all staring at fine lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and an overall loss of skin elasticity in the mirror.
So What Are Chemical Peels?
These cosmetic procedures are designed to improve the appearance and texture of the skin by applying a chemical solution to exfoliate and remove the outermost layers. This process stimulates our natural regeneration and collagen production, resulting in a smoother, more even complexion.
Chemical peels come in various strengths, ranging from mild to deep, and utilise different types of acids such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). The choice of acid and its concentration depends on the specific concerns being addressed, whether that's fine lines and wrinkles or sun damage, acne scars and uneven pigmentation. The degree of exfoliation and recovery time varies, but most people experience the tell-tale flaking within a couple of days, with full results visible over the coming weeks.
The Benefits Of A Regular Peel
For men aged 50 and above, one of the key advantages is the restoration of a smoother, more refined texture. Chemical peels act as a reset button ad they slough away dead skin cells. This makes them a potent solution to address sun damage and hyperpigmentation, as years of UV exposure can manifest as dark spots and uneven tone. By targetting and lightening these pigmented areas, they leave behind a more uniform complexion that looks younger and feels smoother too.
For golfers, like our model Dave, those hours spent navigating the fairways and greens leave their mark on the skin, with prolonged sun exposure accelerating the ageing process. A regular chemical peel becomes a strategic swing in their skincare routine, addressing the fine lines, sunspots, and uneven skin tone that can result from outdoor activities.
Men, especially those who have neglected their skin over the years, will notice laxity and deeper wrinkles as they age. By stimulating collagen production, peels contribute to a firmer, more resilient skin structure, effectively reducing the appearance of sagging and smoothing out wrinkles.
Perhaps one of the most underestimated aspects of regular chemical peels is the psychological impact. Feeling good in one's skin isn't limited to gender, and the boost in confidence that comes with an improved complexion can be transformative. They also offer a non-invasive alternative to more intensive cosmetic procedures without the need for surgery or extensive downtime. Many chemical peel treatments allow you to resume daily activities immediately, making it a convenient option for men with active and demanding lifestyles.
When Should I Have A Peel?
The winter months are an ideal time for this rejuvenating skincare procedure. With the cooler temperatures and reduced sun exposure, the skin is less susceptible to UV damage, allowing for a safer and more comfortable healing process post-peel.
January's slower pace often provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and it's easiest to find time to prioritise self-care. A chemical peel in January can help shed the tired, sun-damaged skin from the previous year, revealing a brighter and more youthful complexion. It's a proactive step towards achieving skincare goals and embracing the new year with a radiant, revitalised glow.
For Dave's peel, I used VI Derm's Precision Plus. Designed to combat pigmentation, its powerhouse formula suppresses melanogenesis and promotes rapid cell turnover for improved tone. Perfect for tackiling UV-induced pigmentation, sun damage, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, it helps diminish textural damage to restore skin to its natural health. Available at my Worcester Clinic, find out more here.