Since introducing active ingredients to my skincare routine at the beginning of 2018 I became intrigued with skin peels, particularly The Ordinary 30% AHA and 2% BHA peeling solution… blame it on social media. I have been using this product as my at home facial peel for just about 9 months now and I’m keen to share how I use it.
** Note: Please be very careful when introducing acids especially highly concentrated ones to your routine, it’s better to start off slowly in order to build your skin’s tolerance.
When to start and frequency
I started using the peeling solution in August 2018 that was a full 7 months after I started using acids. I use it every other week and I use it as directed: apply the product to a cleansed and dry face, leave on for no more than 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Post peel routine
As this peel is highly potent, after using it I want to ensure that I focus on hydrating, moisturising and protecting my skin. I usually do the peel on Thursday evenings – then I won’t use any products with active ingredients (AHA, BHA, Retinol, physical exfoliants, Vitamin C, etc.) till Sunday morning. I typically double up on hydration: using an essence and a hydrating serum followed by a moisturiser. In the morning, I use sunscreen as a final step and in the evenings I apply tamanu oil.
My skin is soooo smooth on the days after doing the peel! So good! And the glow is out of this world! If I do have active breakouts when I do the peel, I see a reduction in them overnight – which is good news!