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I know your post is from November, so I hope you figured out what you needed to take.
I have to make some assumptions about what your dr wants you to use to prep for your peel: skin lightening cream and retinol pm.
Personally, I can't believe a dr would tell you to use retinol since your body has to convert that, and sometimes that doesn't happen; most drs would prescribe tretinoin.
I do think a prep like tretinoin is necessary for an even peel, and how often you take it depends on the strength and your skin condition.
In terms of SPF - yes, you need that every day, but in the form of a physical (not chemical) block.
Do you need cleanser? I don't know--depends on what you apply to your face. I don't wear makeup, so I can go without cleanser for weeks unless I want to use it for a specific purpose.
Eye cream? Studies show that eye cream provides no lasting wrinkle prevention unless it has SPF. The only correction it can provide is temporary in terms of plumping the skin with moisture, and moisture is a good thing...even if only temporary (IMHO).
I went to a SUNNY HOT place and I took ALL OF MY PRODUCTS with me and I crammed it into my tiny suitcase. No room for any souviners .
The sun did dreadful things to my face, unfortunately. I wore the SPF that was prescribed to me and it didn't help. I went with a higher number, broad spectrum and I still got burned and tanned and the spots returned. I didn't realize how dark I had gotten until I returned home.
Hopefully, I didn't reverse any of the chemical peels that I had. The peels were scary. My face looked like a snake losing it's skin and I had to cancel any appointments I had because I looked dreadful. It did help with lightening the dark spots and my pores are a lot smaller and my skin is smooth, but none of my friends noticed I had anything done. I was hoping for more visible results, but it didn't happen.
I guess time will tell if my skin fades back to lighter spots as it did prior to the sun exposer I had while I was gone.
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