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If you’re like me and automatically think of the disastrous situation that Samantha experienced post-chemical peel on an episode of “Sex And The City,” the idea of incorporating an at-home peel as a part of your daily skincare routine might sound daunting. However, it should be said that peels have come a long way since the ’90s and early aughts. The truth is, daily peels are anything but frightening because they’re able to effectively and gently exfoliate the skin and help accelerate cell turnover, which equates to a glowing complexion with less noticeable fine lines and texture.
Because daily peels are made for well, everyday use, they’re clearly formulated to be more gentle than their stronger counterparts, and they’re often infused with hydrating and soothing ingredients to offset the potential for irritation and redness. Below are our favorite peel products for a radiant complexion, minus the side effects.
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1. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant
This non-abrasive leave-on exfoliant uses salicylic acid to unclog pores, even out skin tone, and smooth wrinkles. The formula also calls on green tea to reduce redness and soothe skin. Ease into this exfoliant by swiping it onto your face every other day, and then gradually work your way up to twice a day. Always remember to follow it with your favorite sunscreen.
2. InstaNatural Glycolic Acid Facial Peel 30%
Glycolic acid is one of the more gentle types of acid exfoliants, and this non-irritating formula is perfectly safe to use on a daily basis for optimum results without causing a reaction.
3. Aveeno Ultimate Radiance Collection Skincare Gift Set
This all-inclusive kit includes the brand’s Brightening Daily Face Scrub, Peel-Off Face Mask, and Infusion Drops, to help even out skin tone, promote brightness and soften the look of fine lines.
4. Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel
This gentle, exfoliating gel peeling product helps to boost cell turnover, leaving you with softer, more radiant skin with just a couple of uses. It’s also mild enough to use each day.
5. Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel
Parben-free and vegan, this antioxidant-packed mask will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, shrink your pores and balance out your skin tone. It uses a combo of five AHAs and BHAs in one peeling treatment. It’ll just take up two minutes of your day, but your skin will thank you for it.