Get glowing with the best at-home peel products: how to recharge your skin for a fraction of the price
In last week's column, I looked at some of the best acid facial peels that are available as professional treatments.
Smoothing out your skin and restoring a glow to your complexion need not require costly, time-consuming salon visits, however. From cleansers to masks, serums and toners, there are some very effective at-home products that you can buy over the counter and incorporate into your daily skincare regime to give your face a gentle peel.
These DIY products don't have a very high level of acid in them, so they are perfect for using on a regular basis to regenerate our skin consistently. The key in using these peeling products at home is to know your skin well and not overload it with too high a level of acid. Start small - at 2pc acid - and see how you go.
The golden rule with skin peel products is that you must be religious about applying sun protection daily when using them. Peeling products are particularly good for mature skin, dull complexions, age spots and sunspots. Why not give them a bash and get glowing!
5 of the best DIY peel products
Spanish skincare brand Skeyndor has just launched in Ireland. Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz are said to be huge fans of its Skeyndor Derma Peel Pro Resurfacing Peel Cleansing Gel, €39.78. This is an intensively peeling cleansing gel that should be used only once or twice a week, as it has a potent mix of glycolic and lactic acids which will resurface the skin and leave it baby-soft.
From Edvard & Pink, Dundrum, edvardandpink.ie.
A new skincare brand to Ireland, the Inkey List aims to break through indecipherable beauty jargon to deliver a straightforward take on skincare's most-wanted ingredients - at budget prices. The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner, €9.99, is to be used before applying your serum and moisturiser at night. Using high levels of glycolic acid derived from sugar cane, it brightens the complexion by removing dead, dulling skin cells from the surface. From Arnotts and cultbeauty.co.uk.
With nine AHAs and BHAs in this serum, a daily top-up to your glow is guaranteed! Tata Harper Resurfacing Glow Serum, €90, is made from 100pc natural ingredients.
The serum is also jam-packed with powerful antioxidants to help fight the effects of free radicals that can diminish our glow and make our skin look older than it actually is. From Arnotts, Space NK and cultbeauty.co.uk.
Multi-masking - where you apply several different masks to different areas of the face to address the specific issues found there - has been a huge hit in the beauty world in the last few years. Multi-mask like a pro by popping IMAGE Ageless Resurfacing Mask, €42, onto clean, dry skin, leaving for five minutes, then adding IMAGE Vital C Enzyme Mask, €43.50, for another five minutes before rinsing both off. From IMAGE stockists nationwide, see imageskincare.ie, and skinshop.ie.
The Ordinary AHA and BHA Peeling Solution, €7.20, contains a blend of both AHA and BHAs (glycolic, lactic, citric, salicylic, and tartaric acids) meaning that it's a super-powerful product that really packs a skin punch. Use in the evening, once a week. Just smooth on to dry, clean skin on the face and neck (don't put near eye area), leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off for a glowing fresh face. From Arnotts, Brown Thomas and selected pharmacies nationwide.