To the skin care novice, the word “peel” sounds a bit scary. You may ask yourself, “If I get a chemical peel, am I going to look like Samantha from Sex and the City after she got one?” While you can get those types of intensive peels at your doctor’s office, there are many that are safe and gentle enough to do at home and don’t necessitate the recovery time. Peels exfoliate the skin, which is especially important in winter when dead skin cells tend to build up, resulting in a dry, dull complexion that’s prone to breakouts.
All exfoliators work one of two ways: physically or chemically. Physical exfoliators buff away surface debris and dead skin cells with physical particles—we use gentle ingredients like Coconut Fruit, Jojoba Beads, and Bamboo Stem Extract as physical exfoliators. On the flipside are chemical exfoliators that contain ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and enzymes to help release and dissolve dead cell buildup. Peels fall into the latter category, utilizing those chemical exfoliators to reveal youthful, soft, glowing skin.
Now, let’s find the best one for your skin type!
Active ingredients found in pumpkin help maintain moisture, provide antioxidant protection, detoxify, and refine skin’s surface for a healthy glow. Incredible Pumpkin Peel is our gentlest peel and one we often recommend for combination skin, those who are prone to breakouts, or for peel newbies. Its powerful, bioactive blend of pumpkin puree, pumpkin enzymes, and pumpkin wine exfoliates dead skin cells to clear impurities while fruit extracts encourage skin renewal. Apply a thin layer, leave on for 3-5 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) weaken and dissolve the cellular “glue” that makes dead skin cells stick together, encouraging exfoliation. Our Fruit Fiesta Peel is a potent blend of multi-fruit acids and 7% Lactic Acid (a type of AHA) plus nourishing vitamins and antioxidant-rich fruit extracts to help promote skin rejuvenation for a radiant, revived complexion. Delivering both immediate and long-term benefits, Fruit Fiesta Peel is perfect for those who have done a peel before and know that their skin responds well to one. Apply a thin layer 1-2 times per week, leave on for 3-5 minutes, and rinse thoroughly. Bonus: This peel is 100% vegan!
If you want professional-level results at home, look for products with professional-level ingredients. Our Perfect C™ PRO Speed Peel is formulated with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid blended with L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™ and Retinal to deliver youthful, soft, glowing skin. Apply a thin layer (we recommend doing this, and any peel, in the evening) and leave on for one-minute maximum, then remove thoroughly with cool water. This peel is great for all skin types and those who have used Vitamin C products before and react well to them.
As with all products you apply to your face/body, always read the directions on the package first and patch test on the inside of your wrist before applying to your face. Leaving a treatment on for longer than recommended won’t give you extra benefits, and it may actually irritate your skin. Using a treatment more often than recommended won’t give your skin time to recover and could leave you in the same, irritated spot. Peel Pro Tip: Always set a timer!
Have you tried any of the peels above? Which one is your favorite? We’d love to hear from you—send your thoughts to email@example.com!