A One-Step Chemical Peel That Can Be Had At Home

I take my skin-care regimen seriously, but to an extent. It tends to stop at three steps: cleanser, serum and moisturizer (don't worry, my morning moisturizer has SPF). So when I get the itch to try a new skin-care product, it has to be one that promises real results and contains a significant amount of active ingredients-especially if the product takes me into a fourth beautifying step.

That's why I gave Cane + Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads ($60) a try. It's essentially an at-home chemical peel that can be used every day, but only requires one step (thank goodness!). You just swipe a pad across your skin (post-cleansing), wait for 10 minutes, then go about the rest of your routine. You don't have to neutralize the treatment or wash it off-an instruction I'll gladly follow.

But here's the best part-you can really feel it working. Not in a bad way, in a good one. The pads contain 10 percent glycolic acid (a powerhouse alpha hydroxyl acid derived from sugar cane that's known to exfoliate and moisturize), so the treatment really gets deep down into your skin to smooth the texture, firm, cleanse and all-around improve it. Of course, if you have sensitive skin, I'd advise to stay away. These pads mean business and they remind you each time you use them (though the tingle dissipates after about five minutes).

The instructions say you can use them twice a day, every day, but I eased into it and avoided the mornings since my skin is already pretty sensitive to the sun. Other than that, these glycolic treatment pads get an enthusiastic thumbs up from me. Try them out and let me know what you think, I'm always curious to know.

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