Facial peels have come a long way from their beginnings as a in-clinic only treatment and are now available in a variety of gentle, easy-to-use at-home formulas from peel pads to masks and liquids. Revered for their abilities to revive, refine and boost overall radiance, at-home peels help to improve your complexion by exfoliating the top layer of dead skin. Here, we investigate the benefits of incorporating a peel into your routine and share a few of our favourites…
What Are At-Home Face Peels?
At-home face peels use a combination of different types of acids including: AHAs, BHAs or fruit enzyme blends to exfoliate and refine the skin.
How Often Should You Use An At-Home Peel?
This all depends on the strength of the peel, but it’s best to be cautious, particularly when trying a new product. Check the back of the pack for instructions, though as a guide start by using once or twice a week and build up to more regular use once you know how your skin responds. Some at-home peels are designed to be used every day, but most types of peels are “a clever way of delivering stronger active ingredients to the skin from time to time, as any further use would create too much sensitivity,” says Dr. David Jack, founder of Dr. David Jack.
Ask The Experts: What Are The Benefits Of An At-Home Peel?
“Regular exfoliation through at-home peels can have many benefits, from smoothing away rough texture to decongesting the pores to helping brighten skin,” says Matthew Malin, co-founder of Malin+Goetz.
“At-home peels are a great solution because they exfoliate deeper than facial scrubs and help break down the ‘glue’ that keeps complexion dulling dead skin cells together, so revealing younger skin beneath,” says Omorovicza founder, Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza. “They also help to clear up clogged pores, breakouts, dull and dry skin, as well as diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”
Keep scrolling to discover our edit of hero at-home face peels…
Hero At-Home Face Mask Peels
Dr. David Jack’s Face Paint Yellow
“Created to solve the issues of hyper-pigmentation and sun damage, key ingredients in my yellow FacePaint includes kojic acid, vitamin C and retinol, which work together to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sun damage, as well as having antioxidant benefits,” says aesthetic doctor, Dr. David Jack.
Erborian Milk & Peel Mask
This milky textured mask is infused with nourishing sesame oil and is a great introduction to at-home peels if you’ve never tried one before. Apply all over your face for just five minutes and the exfoliating enzymes will get to work nibbling away at dead skin cells, combating dullness and smoothing skin texture.
Hero At-Home Peel Pads
Eve Lom Rescue Peel Pads
Glowing skin can we yours with these easy-to-use biodegradable peel pads that are infused with AHAs, PHAs, BHAs and a signature multi-fruit acid blend. Simply smooth the pad over your face and neck and allow the formula to absorb fully into your skin to help promote healthy cell turnover and boost radiance.
Malin+Goetz Resurfacing Glycolic Pads
“Like with all our products, we keep things simple in our resurfacing pads, which contain 10% glycolic acid and an AHA infusion for gentle yet effective exfoliation. They work hard to dislodge dirt and oil and decongest skin,” says Andrew Goetz.
Hero At-Home Liquid Peels
Omorovicza’s Acid Fix
Containing a potent formula of AHAs and BHAs, this multi-purpose treatment works to exfoliate, peel and resurface the skin for a clearer, smoother complexion. You only need to apply this liquid formula twice a week to enjoy the benefits.
Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment
Kate Somerville’s clarifying leave-on skincare treatment is boosted by fruit enzymes and 10% AHA. Apply nightly after cleansing to help minimise the appearance of pores and wake up with noticeably softer, smoother skin.