Proving Samantha Wrong

Ellen Tailor

What (I thought) I knew about chemical peels I learned from Samantha on Sex & the City. A medical professional swears by its benefits but you walk out of the office looking like you’ve spent the last 8 hours roasting in the sun.Β I got a chemical peel and didn’t wind up like Samantha! In fact, don’t ever mention that scene to anyone in the field, they get pretty defensive about it and understandably so!

While that’s what she looked like, my experience at Northwest Aesthetics was nothing less than comfortable, relaxing, and super beneficial! Before I share what really happens during a chemical peel, take a peek at this photo I snapped just minutes after getting it done.

Ellen Tailor Northwest Aesthetics Chemical Peel

Please note, the only editing I’ve done to this photo is blur out my messy ass apartment in the background. πŸ™‚ As you can see, 1) I need a wax and 2) my skin is still intact! So what happens during a chemical peel?

I met with Lucy, the amazing licensed master aestheticianΒ who gave meΒ my first facial back in December. We went over a brief medical history and she explained that she’d be layering products on my face and neck. While she cautioned me it might be uncomfortable, I felt nothing other than a teeny little tingle on my upper lip. The whole process took less than a half hour. Once everything was said and done, Lucy explained that my skin would more than likely start to peel within 2-4 days and might last 7-10 days. Some people peel and some people don’t. I did.

Towards the end of day 4, I noticed a little peeling around my nose. Over the course of the week, my skin peeled a little bit here and there starting from the center of my face and worked it’s way out. Was it painful? No. Was it noticeable? Eh…sometimes. Wearing foundation highlighted the peeling so I opted for a tinted moisturizer instead.

As the days went by, I noticed my skin was becoming more vibrant. More alive! I had a small rash near my lower lip (a bad reaction from a paper mask a few months earlier) that was now gone. My freckles were a lot more noticeable (which I love) and the dark spots on my cheeks were diminishing. It felt so good knowing those dead layers of skin were gone!

Would I do another chemical peel? Absolutely. No one else noticed the peeling but I’ll admit I was a little self conscious about it. I’ll more than likely schedule another one with Northwest Aesthetics during a long weekend or holiday break.

My skin was glowing. My makeup applied easier and even more so, I didn’t feel the need to hide behind it anymore. I find myself going out more sans a full face of makeup because I’m a hell of a lot more confident about my skin! My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. Thank you to Lucy, Anna, and everyone at Northwest Aesthetics for the hospitality and teaching me the importance of quality skin care!

Ellen Tailor Raw ExposuresPhoto c/o Raw Exposures


  1. Looking gorgeous as ever Ellen. I thought a peel was supposed to look like you got sunburned as well. Good to know that isn’t so!!

  2. Looking great as always, but I am really wondering how well this would work for someone with very sensitive skin and sun damage.