One of my personal favorite reasons to love the fall season – besides for the cozy vibes, chunky sweaters and pumpkin favored everything – is that I can dedicate time to my skin. For most of the fall, I am covered up and can finally allow myself to get burned, peeled and lasered all over my face and body in hopes that I erase that damage that is summer. While I love nothing more than a lengthy and aggressive trip to Dangene, my social calendar sometimes gets in the way and prevents me from getting those aggressive treatments on my face. The next best option, especially now that I am out of the sun for the next new months, is at home peels. Their quick, efficient and will give you results.
What are peels? Think of the category as a spectrum. On one end you have the traditional in-office chemical peel (think Samantha in that SITC version) that you can only really get done professionally, and on the other end you have far gentler versions that don’t even peel the skin, but rather brighten and buff. What I am looking for is something that gives you instant and noticeable results, something that I like to use before a party. I want a peel that is going to get me glowing without the downtime. The main benefits include cell turnover, acne improvements and preventing dullness and wrinkles. Look for ingredients like alpha hydroxy (AHA), glycolic, lactic, and enzymes like pumpkin and papaya.
I like to keep it clean 90% of the time and especially at home, which is why these are the five favorites I use on a rotating basis. Have a party coming up? Put on a peel.
Juice Green Apple Peel
Say bye bye to dark spots and discoloration. This baby specifically targets hyperpigmentation to help you achieve brighter skin. Gwyneth loves it too btw. The brand delivers spa-grade exfoliation, so be careful with this one and don’t leave it on longer than the recommended amount of time (unless you are a peel professional like me).
001 Skincare Pure Active Peel
I have been using this a lot recently after meeting the founder at Shen Beauty in BK and hearing form Jessica Richards herself how much she LOVES this brand. I have tried it and now I see why. This peel is made with plant oils that literally attract excess oils in your skin and pores and wash them away. My skin feels and looks insane after using this peel and it doesn’t even leave me red.
Reveal Biomimetic Peel Pads
These mess-free feel pads gentry remove dead cells without irritating the skin. Skin is firmer and brighter, especially after consistent use. They are so easy to use too. Once a day, swipe the pad all over your clean face and allow to dry. You will feel the magic happen and notice less blemishes and redness thanks to the Caviar lime and Willow Bark.
Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel
UGH – I love Arcona. This raspberry peel smells legit like jelly! If you’ve got sun damage then this is the product for you. It’s an anti-ager, soothes fine lines, improves skin tone and texture and even reduces your pore size. You can use it up to twice a week for better skin. Malic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Vitamin E, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid combine to make this BOMB smelling peel so powerful.
Cane + Austin Acne Retexture Pads
This pad treatment is specifically made to treat acne as it evens skintone and reduces enlarged pores. It couldn’t be easier to use. Each pad contains 5% glycolic acid (which is a lot!) and 2% salicylic acid to help clear existing issues and prevent new breakouts from forming. Try it and let me know what you think! Everyone seems to love this.