Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the DIY Skin Peel

by Madeleine Borgersen

Want smoother, brighter, firmer skin? Get your DIY day spa on and try introducing a weekly at-home peel to your routine.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the DIY Skin Peel

If you hear skin peel and just image red, irritated, sore skin we definitely get it. The idea of putting acid on your face on purpose sounds a little strange to even the most daring individuals but at-home peels are perfect for revealing smoother, more radiant skin and it’s a ship you definitely want to board.

Gentler than you’d imagine and whole lot more convenient than visiting the spa once a week, at-home skin peels come in a range of styles to exfoliate (Glycolic Acid), smooth fine lines or even hydrate (Hyaluronic Acid) drier skin.

Although light therapies are extremely popular now for diminishing wrinkles and pigmentation, peels still play a major role in resurfacing the skin.

For smoother, more radiant skin that you can achieve tonight while watching a few episodes on Netflix, an at-home peel is your best friend. Here’s some of our favourites!

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the DIY Skin PeelNip + Fab Glycolic Fix Pads – $29.95

We cannot get enough of these wallet-friendly wonders. Swipe your skin and neck after cleansing (we keep them on our bedside table!) and awaken to smooth, glowing skin every time.

Boasting Glycolic Acid to exfoliate the top layer of dry, dead skin cells and Hyaluronic Acid and soothing Blue Daisy to hydrate, soothe and brighten your skin, no itchy, red, singed face in sight.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the DIY Skin Peel

La Prairie Cellular 3-Minute Peel – $255

La Prairie can do no wrong. The cult classic of the at-home peel world, Cellular 3-Minute Peel, used once a week uncovers new, vibrant skin using both AHA’s and BHA’s to exfoliate and refine the skin.

Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Oh yes.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the DIY Skin PeelDerma e Overnight Peel – $29.95

Perfect for more mature skin (or those of us that would rather be on the safe side!) Derma e’s Overnight Peel firms and nourishes the skin with Alpha Lipoic Acid and C-Ester, antioxidants that kick elastin and collagen levels in the butt.

Glycolic and Lactic Acids are also there for exfoliation and hydration, leaving you with firmer, brighter and smoother skin!

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the DIY Skin PeelPhilosophy The Micro Delivery Anti-Ageing Peel – $110

Believe the hype on this one! Philosophy’s The Microdelivery Ani-Ageing Peel is a two-step peel that’s applied overnight. Freaked out by the thought of leaving a peel on that long? Don’t! The second part in the two-step product is a restorative sleep mask that works alongside the resurfacing peel.

The first lightweight solution increases cell renewal, removing dead skin and tightens pores. The second cooling and soothing gel is packed with antioxidants, anti-irritants and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and brighten the skin.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the DIY Skin PeelSkinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel – $45

One for the DIY peel novice you cannot get the Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel wrong. A gentle, smoothing and hydrating peel, enzymes exfoliate dry and flaking skin and stop when there’s none left. I like to imagine it being like those little skin eating fish in Thailand, you of course don’t have to!

Gentle enough for use on sensitive skins or even after other therapies like IPL or laser, it’s a must have in your cupboard for rocking smooth, hydrated skin all year round.

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid of the DIY Skin PeelPerricone MD Blue Plasma – $139

Still not sold on putting acid on your face? Perricone MD’s Blue Plasma is a liquid treatment that exfoliates with zero acids. Instead, Salmon Roe Enzymes and Copper are used to only remove built up, dead skin cells.

It also smooths, hydrates, plumps and brightens to boot!

2 responses to “Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the DIY Skin Peel”

  1. […] facial, you will still leave the clinic feeling relaxed. There is no downtime but, as with any enzymatic peel, be sure to use SPF and be gentle to your skin […]

  2. Kate says:

    Maddy thank you for this article! I’m going to the salon tonight for a Glycolic peel but have pinned the suggestions above to try in between appointments.

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