you find yourself looking in the mirror thinking your skin looks sallow
and, well, stuck in a rut, get your glow on with an at-home face peel.
These are like a professional facial in a jar, only less money, simple
to use and easy on your skin. They work by thoroughly exfoliating your
face on the surface and beneath the skin to reveal baby-faced
freshness. Here, how to pick the treatment that's right for you:
Think of these as super-strength cleaners, but without a brush, mop or
vacuum in sight. Powerful exfoliants like alpha and beta hydroxy acids
use their muscles to slough away dead cells on the surface and deep
under the skin.
One to try: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel is a two-step process. All you do is wipe the first pad
over your face, wait two minutes, and then use the second one. Pads are
infused with five different skin-friendly acids, including glycolic,
lactic and salicylic acid, which exfoliate, unclog pores, and stimulate
collagen so wrinkles are less noticeable and skin is firm and radiant.
The formula is gentle enough to use every day.
Enzyme and Natural Fruit Acid Peels
If your skin has a sensitive side, fruit acid treatments, such as those
from apples, pumpkins, or papayas, may be more your style. These don't
exfoliate as intensely as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, so skin is less
likely to react.
One to try: Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Peel is a detoxifying mask that uses pumpkin enzyme to gently dissolve dead
cells while stimulating new ones. Other ingredients like vitamin A help
protect, nourish and repair the skin. Apply a thin layer to face
the eye area), leave on for one to five minutes, and say "hello" to a gorgeous glow. Use once or twice a week.
When blemishes are your nemesis, an oxygen peel can help perfect your
complexion. It sounds a little Jetson-esque, but the process is simple.
Simply blending hydrogen peroxide and a catalase enzyme creates oxygen
One to try: Philosophy The Oxygen Peel requires some prep work, but the results are worth it. Break open and
mix one enzyme capsule with warm water in the enclosed container. Shake
well and wait one minute for a gel to form. Apply a thick layer to
entire face (don't rinse). Next, apply oxygen foam and leave on one to
three minutes before rinsing. The solution exfoliates, smoothes and
hydrates to unmask brighter and clearer skin. Use once a week or three
days in a row during a breakout.
An uneven terrain is no match for microdermabrasion. Unlike the
sandblasting effect the in-office procedure has on your skin, the
at-home version paves rough patches by letting you control the level of
One to try: Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System's dual process uses microdermabrasion followed by a chemical peel,
leaving no cell unturned. Gingerly rub the derma-crystals into your
face for about a minute to rid skin of surface debris. Then apply the
activator, which contains chemical exfoliants, including lactic acid,
and let it penetrate your skin for a smoother, softer, more even-toned
complexion. For best results, use twice a week