It will leave you with a more youthful, radiant complexion.

By Maya Gandara
May 06, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
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Visiting the dermatologist for a professional-level chemical peel can drain your wallet of hundreds of dollars, and is just plain daunting at the very least. Depending on the strength of the peel, your normal routine may be interrupted for days after from the effects of its potent ingredients, experiencing anything from flaking to redness. While I’ve been tempted to try the procedure myself, the right time simply never arose. But when I heard of an esthetician-level triple-acid peel that was now available for at-home applications, I decided being stuck indoors right now just might have its perks.

Obagi Clinical offers an array of dermatologist-vetted skincare from hydrating eye creams to brightening serums, and its latest Blue Brilliance Triple Acid Peel can hardly stay in stock. The kit contains four vials of highly potent ingredients that work to buff away rough texture, smooth over fine lines and wrinkles, and restore radiance to dull skin. Salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids are combined into one highly concentrated liquid that can be used across all skin types. The peel tackles a range of concerns, such as acne, sagging skin, scars, discoloration, large pores, and even sun damage.

I began my first treatment by smoothing a solution-soaked cotton pad across all areas of my face, barely even making a dent in the first vial. An intense stinging sensation followed for a couple minutes, but soon became bearable enough for me to apply the second layer. My face flaked in a few areas for a couple days, but overall appeared brighter and my skin tone much more even. I tried the peel again a week later, and noticed an even more dramatic improvement in my texture.

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Shop now: $145; sephora.com

While the $145 price tag may seem hefty, each vial contains one individual peel (or in my case, two), giving you at least four separate applications for a lower cost than you would pay for just one in-office peel. Since one person's personal experience on skincare can hardly be enough, here are a few words from Sephora shoppers:

“Let me start by saying this is the first chemical peel I have ever tried so I was a bit nervous,” wrote one shopper. “The instructions were very easy to follow. By the third application, I definitely noticed my skin felt very soft and my skin tone was evening out. I had very minimal peeling around my mouth area. Luckily for me there was no stinging or uncomfortableness when applying.”

“As a licensed Esthetician and makeup artist I have used many peels,” wrote another. “I actually am very impressed by this peel from Obagi. It really helped with dry texture, and I noticed a huge improvement with the dullness I have been experiencing. My skin is looking phenomenal now and I've noticed some of the fine lines I was getting have pretty much disappeared.”

If you’ve got the time on your hands, I recommend joining myself and the other 2,000 shoppers who have given this beauty treatment a “heart.” But don’t wait — there’s no telling when this peel might sell out again.