The warmer months are always the best time to show off radiant, dewy skin. As soon as spring and summer kick in, beauty directions shift to highlight healthy skin. It’s not so much about piling on the layers anymore but more about celebrating the beauty of bare essentials. This means preparing skin so that with only a few dabs of tint and gloss (or none at all), one can look naturally flawless, youthful and radiant.
The regular beauty routine is great for maintaining the overall health of skin. I’ve recently embraced a streamlined minimalist regimen of cleansing, prepping and hydrating. And while skin-malism has so far proved to be a game-changer, it can only truly work once the canvas has been set. This entails renewal, revival and rejuvenation through gentle skin peels that you can do at home.
I was never a fan of peels mostly because the traditional methods employed in skin clinics typically use harmful chemicals. Affects post-treatment such as redness and flaking (remember when Samantha Jones got a chemical peel?) were less than ideal especially for one whose pre COVID lives held zero room for downtime.
It was only in recent months following a nasty case of mask-ne when natural, gentle peels became options for a good skincare maintenance. Getting a face peel at least once a month is essential for prevention of acne. It is also known to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When we integrate seasonal or monthly peels into our regimen, other beauty products are most likely to work efficiently on skin. This is because peels unravel the topmost layer of the epidermis to allow ingredients to penetrate better. After your first face peel, you will also notice significant improvement on skin’s texture and tone.
SO GENTLE YOU CAN USE IT EVERYDAY
Discovering at-home peels began with a tub of ALPYN BEAUTY’s WILD HUCKLEBERRY AND 8-ACID POLISHING PEEL. This ultra gentle multi-tasker is a mask, peel and polish rolled into one. Natural acids very gradually dissolve dead surface cells, which is usually the culprit of dulling and uneven skin tones. Bamboo Powder and blueberry seed paste works as a natural polish, while huckleberry reveals a natural glow from within.
This delicious concoction from Alpyn Beauty is so gentle that you can actually use it everyday. It also works beautifully on sensitive skin types. For optimal results, apply after a gentle cleanse. Leave on for five minutes then massage in circular motion with damp hands.
DR JART’S CICAPAIR TIGER GRASS ENZYME FOAMING CLEANSER is another ultra gentle formula that works as a facial foam and mild peel. Its unique enzyme peel technology helps to establish optimal pH balance and improve skin texture. A Moist Peel enzyme of wheat grass and microorganisms gently remove impurities so that it is also ideal for sensitive skin types. A blend of Centella Rx, Cicabond and Jartbiomes help repair the skin barrier.
SAFE, PROFESSIONAL GRADE AND SOMETIMES FRUITY
PERFECT IMAGE has pioneered and perfected safe, at-home, professional grade peels that take away the guesswork in doing the treatments yourself. The brand’s bestselling PINEAPPLE PUMPKIN ENZYME PEEL harnesses the powers of papaya and pineapple enzymes in dissolving dead skin cells. It is also formulated with minimal exfoliating agents to help promote natural production of elastin sans the redness and irritation. This variant from the wide range Perfect Image peels from is ideal for those whose main skin concern is aging.
To help tone and even out skin, the LACTIC GEL PEEL is formulated with Kojic acid to inhibit melanin as well as minimize appearance of spots, blemishes and pigmentation. Licorice brightens the skin surface. This unique and gentle elixir was also made with dry and sensitive skin types in mind. The team writes: “This treatment can help improved hydration and increate absorption of topically applied creams and serums.”
Acne prone and blemish prone skin will benefit the most from the SALICYLIC GEL PEEL. A combination of salicyclic and glycolic acid targets both the surface and deep into the epidermis. Exfoliators help to clear skin from impurities like blackheads or whiteheads. It is also infused with extracts that help with inflammation while targeting blemishes.
To apply, begin with gentle cleanse. Repeat and air dry. Apply the peel using a cotton pad using circular motions. Leave ON for a minute or less, then rinse with cool water. You may also layer your peels depending on skin type or concern. It is always best to build on layers or frequency very gradually, keeping an eye out for reactions. PERFECT IMAGE’s estheticial and peel expert Courtney Rashidi details: “Once you know how your skin reacts, slowly increase the contact time on subsequent treatments as your skin allows.”
A SUMMER PEEL WITH A CHERRY ON TOP
Peels are also great for addressing sun damage skin. NATUROPATHICA’s SWEET CHERRY BRIGHTENING ENZYME PEEL harnesses the brightening and soothing properties of natural ingredients for skin that radiant and smooth. Sweet cherry puree is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that nourishes skin. Lactic acid lightens dark spots to help achieve an even skin tone. Bromelian, which is derived from pineapples, dissolves surface proteins on skin. The result: skin that’s clear, smooth and radiantly sweet.
REVIVE DULL, DRY AND CONGESTED SKIN WITH A K-BEAUTY PEEL
Clogging of pores and dulling of skin surface are banes that are best addressed by well balanced peel. ALOSIA BEAUTY’s GLOW EXFOLIATING SOFT PEEL is a well rounded solution that exfoliates, smoothens, clears, brightens while locking in moisture. It is a heaven sent for those who suffer from dry, dull skin and clogged pores. Its clean, safe and proprietary formula combines papaya fruit, licorice root, green tea, aloe and rosa hybrid flower. This K-Beauty innovation hydrates and nourishes while cleaning deep into the skin layers. The result: silky, soft and radiant skin that can efficiently absorb benefits of other topical beauty products. Immediately after use, makeup glides on surface more effortlessly, too. Tip: use one to two times each week for best results.