Finding an At-Home Chemical Peel
What is a Chemical Peel Mask?
The goal for a chemical or enzyme peel is to remove the top layer of dead skin so that you are left with brighter, smoother and younger looking skin. Chemical peels used to only be done in dermatology offices and medical spas and would usually destroy your skin's texture before making is (breathtakingly) better. I've seen women in their 40's who have younger looking skin than most 20-somethings I know who all swore by chemical peels. They use a combination of enzymes, vitamins and multiple types of acids (usually glycolic and lactic) to essentially disolve of "peel" off the dead skin. When I discovered they sold at home peels, I jumped on the bandwagon and let me tell you, the results were amazing. Many of them used to burn and left your skin pretty uncomfortable feeling. You couldn't go into the sun much afterwards either. When i got pregnant, i couldn't use the one I was used to (see My Old Staple below) and when I started looking for a new one, I found all of these more natural, less harsh but just as effective options, so I'm going to try one of those.
As far as my personal choice of peels goes, I have such oily skin let's just say I'm surprised the oil companies haven't gotten a hold of me yet. For those of you with dry or sensitive skin, my husband, mother and most of my friends share your pain. While I sympathize with you (my skin dried out quite a bit during pregnancy), the products I use might not be too harsh and drying for you, so I included alternative options for your skin type.
I needed to replace one of my long term staple items, so a lot of comparing was done. I get easily overwhelmed with all of the selection out there so once I find a product that works well for me, I tend to get nice and cozy with it. Because of this, these choices are well-researched. In the last few days, I've compared so many products I feel like I'm wandering around the Mirkwood forest with Bilbo and company (if you don't know what I'm talking about, watch and/or read the Hobbit).
Trying Something New:
A lightweight peeling gel that cleans deep, exfoliates and visibly peels off dead skin cells for faster resurfacing. I'm hoping that this will help to reduce scars, discoloration and improve the brightness of my skin. I've had GREAT luck with micro delivery peels before and wanted to try something a bit more organic this time. I read that there were some issues with this one sticking to peach fuzz on your face, but almost all of the reviews were great and said you just need to make sure to apply it to a completely dry face with completely dry hands. I love the botanical-based Boscia brand - I use their Detoxifying Black Cleanser and their Luminizing Black Mask, both contain charcoal, which is a godsend for oily skin. The peel should complement these two products well.
My Old Staple
This was a great product, but Sephora and even Philosophy's own website don't sell it anymore, so that raises my suspicions. It worked great, but was super harsh on my skin so this is not for the sensitive skin types. I wonder why it's not available anymore.
For Sensitive Skin
This peel is a botanical-based powder that helps brighten and even skin tone without any chemical abrasives. It's a powder that you get wet and work into a lather before applying to your face. The reviews from people with sensitive skin were outstanding on Sephora.
Philosophy Resurface Dual Phase Peel
Resurface is a two-step exfoliating peel that's been around a while. With thousands of reviews on Sephora.com, countless youTube videos and plenty of beauty blogger support, this one is a no-brainer if you've got the time and money. This is not for the lazy or the time-pressed though.
Cane + Austin Miracle Pad
Swipe a pad over face each morning and evening to get the same effect as time consuming and multi-step peels. You definitely pay for convenience in the price tag, but this skin care line has got some pretty amazing and innovative products.
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