DIY Exfoliating Peel

Photo courtesy of saksfifthavenue.comPhoto courtesy of saksfifthavenue.comLouise Roe, Glamour magazine

I thought I knew a thing or two about beauty, and taking care of the skin on my face. Turns out, all the fabulous, expensive and scientifically-advanced creams, serums and lotions I apply, may not even be able to penetrate our cells at all.

Why? Because the skin produces oils and sebum that can block the absorption of products, so they basically just sit on the surface, and get washed off again in the shower.

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So, you can either use an exfoliator a couple of times a week, which-a La Prairie facialist told me yesterday-can actually increase the production of sebum if you use too frequently, or, you can try a peel.

The word "peel" freaked me out until now, because I had images of the hardcore, clinical acid peels in my mind, which mean you go into hiding for three weeks because the top layer of your face is pretty much burnt off.

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But phew, there are gentle, at-home DIY peels, which, in a nutshell, take all the yucky rubbish off your face-dead skin, dirt, oil-and leave it ready to be spritzed, serum-ed, and moisturized to your heart's content.

Oh and don't forget to do your neck (and if you feel like it-chest), because as my Mom says, "You should always treat the neck just the same as you treat the face, darling."

Here are my favorite peels:
Un-wrinkle Peel Pads by Peter Thomas Roth, $58
Glyco Extreme Peel by Natura Bisse, $245
Glycolic Peel Pads by Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford
Alpha Beta peel sachets by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, $88
Cellular 3-Minute Peel by La Prairie, $210
Diamond Peel by Nubo, about $100
Microdelivery Peel by Philosophy, $68

What are some of your favorite at-home peel products? Do you have sensitive skin? We want to know what you use!


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