8 radiance-reviving peels for gorgeously glossy skin
Dead skin, you're done
By Delaney Loane
BEAUTYcrew Digital Beauty Editor / August 25 2021
There’s no doubt that spa-strength facials are hard to beat in the results realm – they basically help you to shed an entire layer of skin, snake style. But a professional touch isn’t always an option.
Sometimes you don’t want to drop cash on a luxe salon visit, sometimes they can be a bit too much for sensitivity-prone skin types, and hey, sometimes getting off the lounge just seems like too bigger sacrifice. Sorry, skin.
Well, that’s where at-home peels come in. They offer more bang for your buck (as each tub/tube/pad pack allows for multiple uses), they’re not as extreme as professional peel treatments, and they can be applied anywhere from your bathtub to your bed.
And hey, the good ones are still loaded with enough exfoliating acid goodness to get your face clear of congestion and loaded with luminosity, so it's wins all around. Wondering which the 'good ones' are? Allow us to show you. Here are our favourite at-home peel options…
GLO SKIN BEAUTY Hydra-Bright AHA Glow Peel Kit
Channel your inner esthetician with this pro-level brightening peel. It combines the powers of lactic acid and ferulic acid to banish dull, textured skin and uneven skin tone, while niacinamide and hyaluronic acid replenish, repair, nourish and hydrate skin. Post-peel you can look forward to a smoother, brighter complexion and a minimisation of fine lines, wrinkles, pores and pigmentation.
$131 at Sephora
Pixi Skin Treats Peel & Polish
With natural fruit enzymes and sugar extracts in the mix, you’d be forgiven for thinking this solution sounds like a treat for your tastebuds rather than your face, but believe us, it loosens dead skin cells (we see you, lactic acid) like nobody’s business.
Was $38 now $29.49 at OZ Hair & Beauty
Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask
If dead skin is stopping you from reaching your ‘soft and smooth’ skin goals, give this pore-clearing peeling mask a go – it works its magic in just three minutes, so it’s perfect when you need to get glowing and then get going.
$17 at Adore Beauty
Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel
If you enjoy the strange visual satisfaction of seeing dead skin literally rolled up and swept away (and honestly, who doesn't?), this pineapple and pomegranate peeling gel is for you. Just massage it on, and enjoy – a little gross, sure, but glorious nonetheless.
$74 at Sephora (waitlist only)
Omorovicza Budapest Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel
This radiance-reviver isn’t just about shedding dead cells (though its mix of AHAs do a damn good job of that). It’s also committed to plumping up your post-peel face, thanks to the collagen-enhancing copper compound waiting in the wings to get skin as bouncy as it is bright.
$284 at Mecca
Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel
We swear you can literally see dullness being massaged away with this one – it’s designed to be rubbed in circular motions over a dry face (and then rinsed once you're done) to combine gentle physical exfoliation with the effects of a papaya-packed chemical peel.
$48 at Sephora
philosophy Microdelivery Dream Peel Overnight Face Mask
Philosophy really thought of everything with this overnight peel – it’s pretty (it goes on bright pink), it’s practical (it dries down clear so it won’t stain your pillowcase), and it’s practically wizardry when it comes to results, thanks to its brightness-boosting AHA and BHA blend.
$80 at Adore Beauty
Naturally Serious Get Even Cold Pressed Peel Pads
Prefer a swipe-and-go style situation to a peeling solution or gel? These toning peel pads pair exfoliating pomegranate enzymes with skin-soothing oatmeal and smoothing fatty acids to leave your face radiant and silky sans the hassle of rinsing.
$51 at Sephora