If your skin has seen brighter, less-congested days, you might want to consider a peel. When it comes to resurfacing the outermost layer skin with acids, in-office chemical peels can’t be beat, but these at-home options are a must to keep lackluster skin at bay and youthful radiance at the forefront in between your appointments.
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Peter Thomas Roth 20% Glycolic Solutions Jumbo Peel Swab ($48 for eight)
These huge cotton swabs are saturated in a 20-percent glycolic-acid blend and don’t require rinsing, making clearer, brighter skin a few swipes away.
A peel that requires nothing more than falling asleep with it on? Count us in. Designed to be applied to damp skin (let it dry and start snoozing!), this hypoallergenic option is packed with glycolic and lactic acids, retinol and probiotics to deliver brighter, smoother, more hydrated skin overnight.
Fruit enzymes and stabilized retinol combined with 10 percent glycolic and phytic acids make your best skin only 10 minutes away as the multitasking formula works to tackle dullness, lines, textural issues and large pores—all with a punchy margarita scent.
Enriched with age-old nigella oil (known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties) along with citric, lactic and glycolic acids, this silky gel glides onto skin and delivers an instant cooling sensation that quickly subsides. After 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly for a burst of radiance and totally resurfaced skin.
First comes the rich, comforting peel that warms as it works (it feels like an balm-meets-exfoliant), and then comes the lightweight serum designed to be used directly on top to activate the brightening actives beneath it, including vitamin C, lactic acid and carrot seed oil. After a minute, rinse away to reveal your smoother, brighter skin.
One glass jar houses cotton pads saturated in a blend of natural fruit acids to exfoliate the top layer of your skin and lessen lines; the other is responsible for clarifying a dull, blemish-filled complexion with help from willow bark and antioxidant-rich green and white teas. After using Peel Pads, wait two to five minutes and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Follow with the Clarifying Pad, but don’t rinse.
Saturate a cotton pad with this waterlight, salicylic acid- and botanical extract-infused formula before applying all over skin. The result: smaller pores and a more youthful glow in one step.
The brand’s signature tartaric-lactic and citric-acid cocktail (T.L.C.) is combined with 25 percent glycolic acid and 2 percent salicylic acid in this peel that will take your at-home spa day up a few notches. Apply to dry skin, wait up to 20 minutes, then pat dry before following with the brand’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil (also included).
Designed to work up your skin’s tolerance to the acids found in glycolic-acid peels, this kit is perfect for those with sensitive skin or are first-timers. For the first two weeks, use the 8 percent serum nightly; from there on, alternate between the 10 percent Pads and Serum for a daily dose of exfoliation.
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