Fun fact about me: If I could get a professional chemical peel every day, I totally would. …Okay, well maybe not every day, because my face would quite literally fall off, but you get the idea. I just really love chemical peels—they leave my skin super bright, smooth, and zit-free. The only downside? Professional chemical peels can be expensive and time-consuming. So because I’m perpetually on a budget, I get my exfoliation fix in another way: with at-home chemical peels. Truly, you need to try one, and I’m here to help you figure out which one and how.
How do at home chemical peels work?
At-home face peels contain the same potent exfoliating ingredients (like AHAs, BHAs, enzymes, and retinol) that you’d find at your dermatologist’s or facialist’s office, but in concentrations that are safe enough for you to use in your bathroom without burning your face off. Think of them as the ~light~ version of a classic chemical peel. And because they’re less intense, they’re pretty fool-proof to experiment with, as long as you’re using the right formula for your skin type.