At-Home Facial Peels: 4 Things You Need to Know

PEELS CAN HELP SHRINK YOUR PORES

"Not everyone realizes that there are benefits to peels beyond the immediate skin brightening: The pores expand as sebum and dirt accumulate in them—and the older you get, the more likely they are to remain enlarged. Daily peels can actually shrink them."

THE MORE (ACIDS), THE MERRIER

"You'll get better results from a peel that combines several beta and alpha hydroxy acids, including glycolic, rather than one acid at a high strength. Not only do the acids work synergistically, but a combination—at lower strength—is less irritating, too."

YOUR POSTPEEL ROUTINE MATTERS

"A minute or so after the peel, the dead layer of cells have been removed and the newer, fresher ones are primed for anti-aging ingredients. Apply a serum with peptides, retinol, or vitamin C, followed by a barrier-boosting moisturizer."

IT'S POSSIBLE TO OD

"The best peels deliver the same amount of acid every time, so look for one that comes on presoaked pads or in a controlled delivery system. Pouring a formula onto a cotton ball, it's very easy to overwhelm the skin."