Are Glycolic Peels Bad for Your Skin?



Natural Beauty Therapist, Samantha Sargent, on the importance of using chemical-free beauty products, and why she thinks glycolic peels are bad for your skin.

As a lead distributor of AEOS and holistic nutrition, Samantha Sargent has earned a reputation for being a respected advocate and leader within the Australian natural health and beauty industry.

And with over 18 years of training, research and working in the health and beauty industry, Samantha helps shed some light on the illusions and delusions associated with both chemical-free beauty products and beauty products containing some chemicals.

There is plenty of information out there about chemicals like parabens and sulphates and their negative effects on the body, but what about the new rising stars of beauty products like glycolic and antioxidants? Are they just as bad?

Samantha says yes, particularly with glycolic peels.

Any ingredient which is a chemical is bad for you, she claims. Your skin is an organ; it lives, it breathes. So any form of chemical, whether a small amount or large amount is bad, as your skin absorbs it into the body and eventually, the organs. They need to be broken down somehow.

Chemical facial exfoliant and peels, like glycolic are the worst according to Samantha.

Samantha says your skin acts as a barrier, so when you apply chemicals like a glycolic to your face, you are essentially peeling off that barrier and removing with it any fresh new skin cells developing, leaving the underlying skin exposed to any nasties like bacteria and pollution. Which can often lead to acne.

Look for products that contain high fruit enzymes as a natural substitute for the chemical Glycolic.

To help us stay away from chemical products, Samantha shares with us her top 7 beauty tips for a healthy glowing complexion:

  1. Drink a lot of water. And make sure you have a good water purifier to remove any nasties from the water. Stay away from store-bought bottled water if you can, as they are full of impurities from where they are packaged and from the plastic bottle itself.
  2. Eat organic foods – it’s not a fad. Samantha says studies show eating food laden with pesticides turns off the body’s natural protector factor, which helps fight off bacteria and cancer causing microbes. This will also reflect in your skin, leaving it fresh and glowing.
  3. Exercise has been proven to keep your skin glowing and clear naturally, as it stimulates both oxygen and blood flow throughout the body and skin.
  4. Always remove makeup. Leaving day old makeup on blocks your pores, which stops your skin from breathing properly and expelling bacteria.
  5. Double cleanse your face. Your first cleanse is simply removing makeup from the day, the second deeply cleanses the skin to ensure your pores are cleaned from any dirt, dust and pollution hiding there.

    Samantha recommends this cleansing oil by AEOS for a deep nourishing cleanse for the skin.

  6. Ditch products which use synthetic ingredients like non-natural flavours and colouring. Synthetic-based beauty products will coat the skin in an unnecessary layer of chemicals, which prevents the skin from working at its full 100% capacity. Use more natural-based products, which help promote your skin’s natural calls to work. You don’t need 20 skincare products, just a few good ones are enough.
  7. Only exfoliate once a week, twice if experiencing oily skin and breakouts. If you exfoliate too much, you will remove the healthy skin cells which are trying to reproduce and protect your skin from any further breakouts.

    Samantha recommends this exfoliant by AEOS, as it’s loaded with natural antioxidants; which are great for regenerating skin cells.

Samantha’s expert beauty tip: When using a clay mask, never let it dry to the point where it cracks. Clay masks are designed to draw our impurities of the skin, however when you let it dry completely, it begins to draw out all the natural oils from skin, leaving it too dry and exposed to fresh bacteria. Try spritzing your face with water to keep the clay mask moist for at least 15 minutes before washing it off. This will stop it from drying out too quickly.

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Rebecca Wilkinson


Say hello to Bondi Beauty's Beauty Columnist. Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet become vegan. She loves all things beauty, health & travel with a weakness for coffee. If she's not answering her mobile - it's probably because she's trying out the latest beauty craze like ice baths or rubbing smashed avo on her face. We know, what a waste of smashed avo. Reach out to her with your beauty questions.

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