Cleopatra is said to have slathered her skin with spoiled milk (full of lactic acid) to get glowing. While not a new concept, using acids to shed superficial layers and reveal a more radiant surface can be tricky: Some formulas gently dissolve dead cells; others tackle dark spots and fine lines but require considerable downtime. However, doctors say DIY peels offer real-life results, albeit more slowly than in-office versions. So if you’re facing a bit of dullness and mild acne flare-ups. These sloughers can brighten your outlook. Here, we have seven peels you do at-home for whatever your skin needs may be.
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1. For Hands
It’s true, pesky signs of aging can show up on your hands, too. The trio of papaya, pumpkin, and grapefruit enzymes in this peel gently dissolves dead cells to reveal fresher skin.
Radical Skincare Express Delivery Enzyme Peel.
Radical Skincare | $36
2. For Your Chest And Back
If you’re prone to breakouts on areas other than your face, these oversized glycolic acid-infused pads are ideal for brushing over large areas to clear clogged pores.
Cane + Austen ReTexture Pads.
Cane + Austin | $60
3. For Sensitive Types
The quinoa-husk extract in this liquid helps accelerate cell turnover to reveal a smooth, radiant complexion below the surface without causing major irritation.
Kiehl's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate.
Kiehl's | $54
4. For Fine Lines
To minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, choose a peel with a mix of glycolic acid and soothing botanicals like this one by Mary Hay to slough off dead skin daily.
Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Revealing Radiance Facial Peel.
Mary Kay | $65
5. For An Overnight Fix
Sleep away a dull, uneven complexion—really. This Kate Somerville leave-on peel works overnight to completely revive skin thanks to pure retinol minimizing signs of aging, and lactose and glycolic acids smoothing its texture.
Kate Someville RetAsphere Micro Peel.
Kate Somerville | $90
6. For Dark Spots
Out dark spots! For a brighter, even complexion the combination of vitamin C and ferulic, glycolic, and lactic acids in these pads tackle surface hyperpigmentation, while antioxidants help prevent new patches from forming.
DERMADoctor Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pads with Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E.
7. For Breakouts
To zap zits, use these salicyclic and mandelic acid pads to clean oil and grime from clogged pores.
Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repairing Pads.
Philosophy | $42