Beauty: Best At-Home Peels

The word “peel” sounds a lot more daunting than it actually is. In fact, it’s just a way of describing chemical exfoliants that work to lift dead skin cells, pollution and dirt from the skin, revealing newer, glowier cells beneath. And thanks to the latest gentle, at-home formulas, which make the resurfacing procedure a breeze, you can look forward to brighter and healthier skin in next to no time – even if you’re a sensitive type.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Medi–Spa Peel

This two-step exfoliating and hydrating treatment is a supercharged version of the brand’s signature resurfacing treatment. It features 16 pre-soaked treatment pads alongside a firming peptide milk to effortlessly melt the glue that binds dulling dead cells to the skin’s surface, while firming, toning and strengthening skin, so you quickly recover a more-youthful glow.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

This innovative mask is like an at-home facial. Packing 25% AHA and 2% BHA acids, its non-toxic formula is no joke. Along with the combination of glycolic, lactic, and citric acids, a blend of natural ingredients like chickpea flower, matcha, and pumpkin ferment extract work to brighten, refine pores, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Babyfacial also has the ideal pH level of 3.5 to 3.6 to ensure higher efficacy, while helping to avoid redness and irritation. Instead you’ll be left with a glowing and baby-soft complexion.

Ole Henriksen Instant Transformation Lemon Facial Peel

Ole’s experience with acid peels during his own struggle with cystic acne inspired him to create a version clients could use at home. With high-level alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), including glycolic and lactic acids and lemon extract, this powerful peel loosens and lifts dead, dull surface skin cells to deliver visible results. Its potent resurfacing action also helps to improve the appearance of discoloration and dark spots.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel

Designed to reverse environmental ageing on your skin caused by the sun, stress and other natural aggressors, this Intensive-C Radiance Peel is a fast acting, effective and soothing mask. Gently exfoliating the skin to accelerate the turnover of damaged cells, your skin will be left hydrated with a radiant glow. Formulated without parabens, sulfates and synthetic fragrances, your dull and tired skin will be a thing of the past.

Philosophy The Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel

This revolutionary duo works together to resurface skin and replenish it with essential vitamin C and peptides. The Vitamin C/Peptide Resurfacing Crystals gently rejuvenates and revitalizes as the Lactic/Salicylic Activating Gel helps to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles while providing a secondary exfoliation. And best of all, it involves absolutely no downtime.

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Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.