If the phrase “face peel” makes you flinch and shudder, then you’ve obviously never tried these: gentle peels you can do at-home to make your skin brighter, clearer, and just all-around glowier! Now who can say no to that?
From peels that firm and lift to those that target fine lines and sun damage, whatever your concern, implementing a weekly peel into your skincare routine is the ultimate skin saviour.
What You Need To know About Face Peels
Peels Can Help Shrink Your Pores
Not everyone realises that there are benefits to peels beyond the immediate skin brightening: The pores expand as sebum and dirt accumulate in them—and the older you get, the more likely they are to remain enlarged. Daily peels can actually shrink them.
The More (Acids), the Merrier
You’ll get better results from a peel that combines several beta and alpha hydroxy acids, including glycolic, rather than one acid at a high strength. Not only do the acids work synergistically, but a combination—at lower strength—is less irritating, too.
Your Postpeel Routine Matters
A minute or so after the peel, the dead layer of cells have been removed and the newer, fresher ones are primed for anti-agieng ingredients. Apply a serum with peptides, retinol, or vitamin C, followed by a barrier-boosting moisturiser.
It’s Possible to Over Do It!
The best peels deliver the same amount of acid every time, so look for one that comes on presoaked pads or in a controlled delivery system.
Our Pick Of The Best Peels
FOR DARK SPOTS
Out with dark spots! For a brighter, even complexion the combination of vitamin C and ferulic, glycolic, and lactic acids in these pads tackle surface hyperpigmentation, while antioxidants help prevent new patches from forming.
To zap zits, use these salicyclic and glycolic acid pads to clean oil and grime from clogged pores.
FOR AN OVERNIGHT FIX
Sleep away a dull, uneven complexion with this leave-on peel that works while you sleep to completely revive skin. Thanks to pure retinol that minimises the signs of ageing and glycolic acids the smooth skins texture.
FOR FINE LINES
If you’re not using a retinol already, then we have to publicly shame you: shame!
But we get it, it’s a serious skin commitment that can result in irritation. That’s why this peel should be your first step. The blend of retinol and ferulic acid will rapidly lighten dark spots and stop impending pimples in their tracks—all without freaking your skin out. After a few weeks, you’ll notice fine lines looking way smoother. If your skin is dry, follow each peel session with a hefty coat of moisturiser to prevent any flaking.
FOR SENSITIVE TYPES
This nightly serum gently exfoliates skin while you sleep. Just pat a few drops onto your face as part of your nighttime routine (you can layer this under other serums or creams). It doesn’t sting or tingle. Instead, you’ll just wake up looking just a little glowier, not redder!