The 7 Best (and Super Easy) At-Home Facials to Give You Perfect Skin

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The 7 Best (and Super Easy) At-Home Facials to Give You Perfect Skin
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As much as I’d like to call myself a skin-care addict, I literally can’t remember the last time I got a facial. Sure, facials are an excellent way of sloughing off dead skin, destroying blackheads, and combating acne, but there’s something about paying a ton of money for a treatment you need at least every month that I’m just not about. So, believe me when I say my little beauty-product obsessed heart sang when I discovered a new, game-changing solution: at-home facials.

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Nope, these aren’t DIY masks filled with the contents of your refrigerator, or hardcore chemical peels that leave your skin red and sensitive for three weeks after. Instead, at-home facials are powerful, yet surprisingly gentle, formulas loaded with skin-fixing ingredients, like brightening and smoothing fruit acids, acne-fighting beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), and dark-spot and discoloration-fading alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Yes, it all sounds kind of intense, but we promise these acids are nothing like, well, whatever comes to mind when you hear the word “acid.”

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Instead, fruit acids (like papaya and lemon) tend to be the most-gentle and well-tolerated of the acids, followed closely by low-percentage BHAs (commonly known as salicylic acid, a.k.a. the ingredient you’ve been slathering on your zits since puberty), followed by low-percentage AHAs, like lactic acid (the gentlest) and glycolic acid (the most potent). Of course, this is just a super-basic guide, because when it comes down to it, choosing the right acid totally depends not only on your skin type, but what you’re trying to target, the concentration of the acid that you’re using, and how you’re using it. (Sound totally overwhelming? Check our our skin-care guide to figuring out the exact products to use for your skin type).

But don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting you become an at-home chemist. Instead, we made it as easy as possible for you by rounding up the 7 best at-home facials, including Drunk Elephant’s cult-favorite Babyfacial and Beauty Pie’s brand-spanking new fruit peel, broken down into categories that fit each and every one of your skin-care needs. Just layer one on your face at night for a few minutes (make sure to read the instructions—some work in as little as five minutes, while others can chill on your skin for 20 minutes), and let these straight-up miracle workers leave you with a softer, brighter, and clearer face by bedtime. Click through to see our favorites, below!

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7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
To fade dark spots and smooth bumps...

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80; at Drunk Elephant

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7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin: Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial
To unclog pores and curb blackheads...

Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial, $60; at Beauty Pie

Photo: Beauty Pie
7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel
To smooth roughness and brighten skin...

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel, $40; at Ulta

Photo: First Aid Beauty
7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin: Derma E Overnight Peel
To get a dewy, super-hydrated glow...

Derma E Overnight Peel, $18.75; at Derma E 

Photo: Derma E
7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin: Boscia Charcoal Deep Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel With Volcanic Sand
To soften rough patches and prevent breakouts...

Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel with Volcanic Sand, $34; at Boscia

Photo: Boscia
7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin
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7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin: Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
To brighten dullness and fight zits on super-sensitive skin...

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2 Percent BHA Liquid, $29; at Paula's Choice

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7 Cool At-Home Facials for Insanely Perfect Skin: Ole Henriksen Instant Transformation Lemon Facial Peel
To brighten dark spots and minimize fine lines...

Ole Henriksen Instant Transformation Lemon Facial Peel, $48; at Ole Henriksen

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