@Home peel pads – a summer staple

All this lovely sun…trips to the beach and layers of sunblock…have sparked me to bring back my post of “the best” (according to CC&NP) @Home peel pads. Below are three brands that I’ve tried and that WORK. What do I mean by that?

Work = I saw immediate results – good exfoliation, skin felt much smoother after. My skin looked noticeably glowy after which lasts for a day or two depending on the brand. The convenience factor for these peels is great – 2 of the 3 options below come in handy pouches making it easy to throw in a purse or travel bag.

If you’re looking for something a bit stronger than an everyday exfoliator, definitely try one of the at-home peel brands below. Not only do they help remove dead skin cells (including helping get rid of nasty blackheads!) and smooth the texture of your skin, they also help to reduce the signs of aging. I found that the little lines in between my eyebrows and along my forehead looked less prominent after use.

Keep in mind, you should apply a good serum and moisturizer after the peel – and avoid the sun! Your skin will be more sensitive for a day or two. And if you have to be outside, use a good SPF sunscreen, and throw on a hat. Your skin will be more prone to burning.

When to use: PM, before bed. Avoid using on raw or sunburnt skin! no no! ouch ouch!

  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Peel Original Formula / $88 for 30 pads ($2.93 per treatment) – also, 5 treatment trial pack sold for $16
    • Two step peel process: first pad = peel, second pad = tone
    • Pros: (1) I like the two step process because it feels like a really good clean. (2) I’ve had less sensitivity and never any skin peeling with Dr. D’s. (3) Paraben free. (4) Two step system comes in conjoined packets – perfect for travel. The box that holds the pads is also handy and easy to store.
    • Cons: Nothing comes to mind!
    • Click here to buy –> Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel Travel Packs – 30 Applications

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  • M-61 Power Glow Peel – exclusively @ Bluemercury / $62 for 30 treatments ($2.07 per treatment) – also, 10 treatment trial pack sold for $28
    • One step peel process
    • For the record, these are my current fave – I always stay stocked up on these!
    • Pros: (1) Quick, one step treatment. (2) Paraben free. (3) Peel pad comes in travel-ready packet. Box has perforated edge for easy grab and go.
    • Cons: Nothing I can think of!
    • Click here to buy –> @Bluemercury

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  • ReVive Glycolic Renewal Peel Duo / $295 for 30 treatments ($9.83 per treatment)
    • Two step peel process: step 1 pad = peel, step 2 wash = renewal gel
    • For the record, this is certainly a stronger glycolic peel, so it’s more likely to cause sensitivity. But because it’s stronger, I think it works quite well.
    • Pros: (1) I found that the results lasted a couple days longer. The woman at Bluemercury said she uses ReVive on Sundays and the m-61 peel pads a few times during the week. Given the cost, I feel like 1x per week is a good idea. (2) This is a two step system; first step is the pad and the second is a glycolic wash. I got a couple of sample packets which was lovely on the wallet. From what I’ve read the wash lasts long after the pads are gone. (3) Appears to be paraben free (not always the case with ReVive products).
    • Cons: (1) Cost, clearly. However the lady at Bluemercury stressed that its approximately $10 per treatment and you can use it less frequently than others because of the strength. Could be worth the investment for some! (2) Unlike the other brands, these pads come in a screw top container – in other words, not individually packaged…bummer.
    • Click here to buy –> ReVive Glycolic Renewal Peel Duo

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Overall, these @home peel options help exfoliate and resurface the skin – especially necessarily during the hot summer months when our skin is pummeled by the elements.

Have you tried any of these at home peel treatments? Or is there another brand you prefer? Please share 🙂

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