Mention “face” and “peel” in the same sentence, and many of us conjure images of Samantha’s botched facial on “Sex and the City.” Luckily, not all peels yield such aggressive results – and lactic acid peels are the gentlest of the bunch. A type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), lactic acid gently exfoliates the skin and gives even the dullest complexion a megawatt glow. When applied by a licensed esthetician, professional peels like Eminence Organics Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel 10% give even more amplified results. Here are the five benefits of getting a professional lactic acid peel at your favorite Eminence partner spa.

Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel

Professional Lactic Acid Peel Benefits

1. More Active Ingredients

While at-home peels contain 1-5% active ingredients, professional peels generally contain anywhere from 10%-20%. What does this mean for your skin? An even greater concentration of the good-for-you ingredients found in your favorite at-home skin care products. This doesn’t mean that it’s time to say goodbye to your homecare routine; using an at-home peel twice a week is an excellent way to extend and enhance the benefits of a professional peel.

While at-home peels contain 1-5% active ingredients, professional peels generally contain anywhere from 10%-20%.

2. Faster Cell Turnover

Professional lactic acid peels deliver a high percentage of active ingredients to kickstart your skin’s renewal process. Lactic acid gently breaks down the glue that holds dead skin cells together and dissolves superficial surface buildup. Dermatologist Dr. David Bank tells Allure: “As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger.”

3. Better Product Absorption

Shedding surface cells and revealing new ones have an important benefit for the rest of your skin care routine: Your skin becomes more absorbent and receptive to the skin care products that follow. With no dead skin cells blocking their way, the ingredients in the rest of your routine can penetrate more deeply. The result: an even better performance by your favorite Eminence Organics products.

4. Immediate Results

Due to their potency, professional peels are designed to deliver maximum benefits in a short amount of time. This means you can expect your skin to look softer, smoother and more radiant after your first spa visit. Reader’s Digest recommends getting a series of mild chemical peels every few weeks to keep your skin looking its best.

5. Minimal Downtime

You can put your “Sex and the City” fears to rest. Unlike more extreme chemical peels, professional lactic acid peels require little to no downtime. Eminence Organics Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel 10% is self-neutralizing and non-irritating, meaning you can confidently go straight from the spa to a special occasion (like Carrie Bradshaw’s book launch).

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