Shedding a layer of skin might sound scary, but the results are definitely not: a smoother, softer texture, diminished wrinkles and spots (including pigmentation, scars and blemishes), clearer pores and an amped-up glow. The even better news is that it's no longer necessary to make a trip to the dermatologist for a radical resurfacing, as more sophisticated and potent ingredients make their way onto beauty shelves. Here’s what you should know before you get glowing.
There are two ways you can exfoliate your skin: physical exfoliants use small particles to buff the complexion for an immediate texture improvement, while chemical peels rely on acids to slough off dead skin cells.
Common acids include mandelic, phytic, lactic, salicylic and glycolic, which help dissolve dead skin cells and allows them to slough off more easily, so that fresh cells can emerge. They’re particularly suited for those with congested skin, as scrubbing with particles can further inflame an already angry complexion. If you’re using acid-soaked pads, swipe them over your neck, chest and the backs of your hands, too (it’ll help with lines and pigmentation).
If you have dry or sensitive skin, look for a peel with added soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and chamomile, to keep skin happy. Depending on how your skin reacts, you might want to do a peel once a month or even biweekly – but never peel more than once per week. And as resurfacing can make skin more sensitive to the sun, daily SPF is a must.
HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel 2 Step System thoroughly resurfaces skin with vitamin C crystals and an activating chemical gel.
Priori LCA fx160 - 2xFoliant Peel + Scrub has lactic acid for chemical exfoliation, and biodegradable spheres for physical sloughing.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Ageing Peel combines micro-exfoliation with a sleep mask to smooth even the most sensitive skin.
Pixi Glow Peel Pads contain a hefty 20% dose of glycolic acid to minimise pores and diminish breakouts, plus soothing vitamin E and aloe vera.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution features a cocktail of salicylic acid and witch hazel that help exfoliate within your pores to help keep your complexion clear, bright and blemish free.
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