17 Oct

Peel season is under way for many estheticians in the US. It’s an ideal time to rid the skin of thickened epidermis that happens as a protective response to UV exposure in the summer months. 

Peels are often provided as a standalone service without the usual relaxation enhancements that come with a regular facial. For good reason too! Face massage is contraindicated post-peel, however, why not begin the peel with face massage first? Or include touch therapy on another part of the body?

Pre-peel massage

Lymphatic Drainage massage is a technique that requires no product to perform. In fact, it is best done on dry skin, without product. This is a bonus because we don’t want an oily film on the skin prior to the peel regardless of the peel prep procedure. 

During a chemical peel an inflammatory response is initiated resulting in an increase of blood flow to the area, so whatever we do to the skin first should not redden the skin. The gentle action of a lymphatic massage increases lymph circulation without stimulating blood circulation. It is deeply relaxing and great for nervous, first-time clients. 

Even though lymphocytes are not directly involved in this inflammatory response, having the lymph flow more smoothly supports the circulatory system by removing metabolic waste created by the inflammatory response. 

Post-peel massage 

Depending on the type of peel you’re using, you may also consider a short scalp massage while the peel is on. Focus on the occiput area, the back of the head and top of the neck where head and neck meet. There are many muscle attachments and fascia in this area, so simple petrissages in this area feel great. 

Alternatively, consider an upper body massage focusing on tight shoulders once the peel has been processed or removed. This can be beneficial for increasing blood flow in the upper body that will indirectly increase blood flow to the face helping bring the necessary white blood cells are to heal the inflamed skin. 

Remember, our brains release hormones and neurotransmitters; serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and beta-endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals during pleasant massage. 

Your client will leave looking and FEELING better!

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