Skin Tips 3 weeks ago
Best At Home Peels to Get Your Best Skin
Getting a professional chemical peel during a facial is one of my favorite ways to give my skin a new life once I have a little downtime at home.
Of course, you have a small window of time where you’re peeling like crazy as your face sheds all the dead skin off, but that’s all part of the process. Once your skin goes through the process, you’re left with some of the best, brightest and most radiant skin ever!
The phrase ‘chemical peel’ sounds really scary, I know… but hear me out:
- Since first being introduced in the ’90s, chemical peels you get during a facial are a lot more gentle and effective than the first generation of the treatment.
- Benefits of doing a peel include reducing acne and wrinkles, getting rid of dead skin, and promoting overall brightness.
- There are different types of peels and chemicals used to achieve different results.
- You can do it at home!
Getting a facial once a month is one of my favorite ways to practice self-care… but sometimes even finding a few hours once a month to go get one is impossible! So, in efforts to bring the spa to my bathroom, I started testing out different at-home chemical peels! Some are definitely stronger than others, but for me: no pain, no gain!
I’ve listed four of my favorite at-home chemical peels to give you the best skin ever, keep scrolling to check them out!
Type of Peel: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid
While the Glossier Solution isn’t necessarily a peel, this liquid exfoliator is a great way to introduce some acids into your skincare routine. It has salicylic acid, (a BHA- beta hydroxy acid) which helps reduce acne and unclogs pores, glycolic acid, (an AHA- alpha hydroxy acid) which helps improve your skin’s overall texture and lactic acid, (an AHA) that helps with reducing the appearance of dark spots.
My girl Hannah loves it, and even talked about it when she wrote about her ‘minimal skincare routine’! It can be used once a day, which means it’s a lot more gentle than your classic peel that should only be used once a week.
Type of Peel: 10% Glycolic Acid, 10% Phytic Acid and Retinol
I was introduced to this peel when I had my facial with Dr. Lancer a while ago and I’ve really been enjoying it! Along with glycolic acid, phytic acid, and retinol, this peel also has caviar lime extract & fruit enzymes which help moisturize and smooth as well exfoliate and remove buildup. It’s definitely a strong peel, so I like to use it once a week. I really love that the Dr. Lancer peel also has retinol in it, which is huge with anti-aging and plumpness! PS: retinol products aren’t safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas.
Versed The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel
Type of Peel: Lactic and Glycolic Acids, Vitamin A
If you’re looking for a peel that’s gentle, effective and affordable then this one from Versed is just for you! I’m a huge fan of Versed products already, I’ve talked about them here and here. As I said before, I’m more of a fan of harsh peels (I really like to FEEL it), but I was excited to test out this one nonetheless, and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s very gentle, and I love that it has lactic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin A, it also has rosehip and vitamin E to keep your skin soothed and hydrated! PS: because of the AHAs in this peel, make sure to gently exfoliate your face when you wash this off in the mornings to get rid of the dead skin.
Goop Glow Glycolic Overnight Glow Peel
Type of Peel: Glycolic Acid
These peel pads are strong, so I wouldn’t recommend using them on sensitive skin! They contain 15% glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and increase your cell turnover, and you can use them all over your face shoulders and neck for the recommended one night a week to be washed off in the morning! They’re also formulated with hyaluronic acid to moisturize, tropical fruit extracts which have natural AHA’s, as well as Australian kakadu plum which actually has 100x more Vitamin C than an orange.
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Remember, using these acids during an at home treatment means your skin will be very sensitive to the sun, so, as always, make sure you wear sunscreen! Also remember that my skin is pretty tough, so I’m used to using harsher treatments. I’d recommend doing a patch test on your skin to see how you react before moving forward!
Do you all use any at-home chemical peels? Drop a comment down below and let me know!
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