Blame Sex and the city for peels getting a bad name. Consider the time that Samantha had to hide her face behind a veil because her post-peel skin resembled ‘beef carpaccio’ (Carrie’s words, not ours).
Today much milder peels have been developed to use at home and their gentle approach delivers big results for skin. These peels help nibble away the layer of dead skin cells that dull our complexion, but they’re often less irritating than scrubs, which can exacerbate sensitive or break-out prone skin. A good peel will also help unplug, and ultimately shrink pores, plus any treatment serums or products that you apply afterwards will be able to penetrate the skin more easily without a barrier of dead skin cells to get through.
Consider these four amongst the high achievers of the exfoliating world…
Kiehls Overnight Biological Peel, £40.50
This oil-free peel gently exfoliates dead surface skin cells, helps to refine pores and leaves skin looking brighter by morning. Over time it will also help to fade pigmentation. It claims to mimic the results of a 10% glycolic acid peel and is great for those with dry skin as the key ingredient, urea, also binds moisture to the skin.
Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel, £32
This rinse-off cream-mask contains natural fruit enzymes of exfoliating papaya and calming pineapple to smooth and brighten the complexion. It also contains nourishing milk protein, anti-oxidant rich vitamin E and marine algae to moisturise and repair.
Naobay Moisturizing Peeling, £15.50
For those who like the gratifying feel of a scrub, but still want some of the peel action, this combines both. Extract of acai palm tree has a peeling effect, nibbling away dead skin cells, while spherical beads also help buff skin. Read Glossy reviews of this product here.
Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel, £19.50
This combines the gold standard ingredient, glycolic acid, with pomegranate enzymes to reveal youthful skin. Aloe vera and humectants (moisture-binding ingredients) hydrate, while a potent calming complex soothes the skin afterwards.