A Guide To Face Peels


A targeted at-home face peel can help exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth skin texture and boost radiance, plus, they can target fine lines, blemishes and pigmentation too. Join us as we reveal how at-home peels work, dive deep into their benefits and share our favourite products for different skin types…

What Are Face Peels?

At-home face peels can be creams, lotions or pads that contain a potent blend of AHA, BHA or fruit enzyme acids that work to nibble away at the outer layer of dead skin cells to reveal brighter, smoother skin below.  Dependent on the specific peel type, it can take from as little as 30 seconds up to around 10 minutes to work. Be sure to check the specific instructions of any peels you try, as if left on too long, can cause irritation or inflammation.

What Are The Benefits Of Face Peels?

Much like the more potent versions available in the dermatologist’s office, at-home peels have myriad benefits. One of the primary benefits of a peel is to gently refine and resurface the upper layer of skin to help restore a healthy, radiant complexion.

Should You Use AHA Or BHA Based Peels?

If you want to target fine lines and rough or dry skin, choose a peel that includes AHA acids like glycolic or lactic. For those concerned with blemishes and breakouts, or if you’re seeking to minimise the appearance of pores, reach for a BHA-based peel. If you’re concerned about skin sensitivity or you haven’t tried a peel before, you may want to start by trying a gentle fruit enzyme-based peel.

Skincare Tips for After Your Peel

After applying an at-home peel skin has a tendency to feel dry, tight and even a little sensitive. Don’t worry though, this should soon subside and reveal your dewy skin beneath. Be careful about applying any skincare products straight after doing your peel as this could cause irritation. Extra caution is advised when it comes to the sun, so make sure you apply your SPF carefully, every day.

Five Favourite At-Home Peels

NEW Odacite Bioactive Rose Gommage

Papaya and pineapple enzymes work together to dissolve dead skin cells and refine skin texture, while hyaluronic acid helps to replenish lost moisture. We love this natural peel’s ability to gently smooth and boost radiance.

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NEW Dr David Jack’s Face Paints

From renowned aesthetic doctor, Dr David Jack, comes three brand new face peels. Differentiated by their bright colours, each shade has unique benefits. Blue is best to help hydrate, plump and exfoliate, red helps reduce oiliness, control breakouts and increase cell turnover and yellow helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and unify skin tone.

Omorovicza Acid Fix

When your skin is in need of a powerful reboot, reach for this AHA/BHA cocktail that contains glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids. The potent combination works hard to tackle blemishes and exfoliate dead cells to reveal a clearer complexion.

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Caudalie Glycolic Peel

For a visible difference to dull and lacklustre skin, apply this mask for just ten minutes to reduce the visibility of pores, gently refining skin texture for a brighter, healthier look.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

This easy-to-use two-part peel contains a blend of five exfoliating acids and antioxidants that help to support healthy cell turnover and leaves skin feeling smooth and looking luminous. Simply sweep the first acid infused pad over skin, allowing time for the formula from the first pad to sink in fully before moving onto the second step to master more glowing skin.

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