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The best skin peels to extend that summer glow

Refresh, renew and rejuvenate your skin with a radiance-boosting peel. Here, RHEA CARTWRIGHT shines a light on the best glow-inducing heroes


Loved by dermatologists for their dramatic and often instant results, peels can smooth fine lines, improve texture, brighten hyperpigmentation and reduce breakouts. What’s more, all the experts agree that a slow and steady year-round approach is key to achieving skin success. Cue the latest cohort of at-home peels that provide remarkable results without any downtime or discomfort.

BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: Medik8 Press & Glow Daily Exfoliating PHA Tonic

If the thought of using skin peels and acids makes you nervous, Medik8’s gentle daily exfoliant is designed for even the most delicate complexions. Formulated with polyhydroxy acids, it’s a perfect match for sensitive skin as the larger molecule doesn’t penetrate as deeply, but skin is still left looking glowy and refreshed. Packed with antioxidants such as prickly pear and acai extract, this nutrient-dense tonic can be swept over your face morning and night.

BEST FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel

Sun exposure, hormonal influences, scarring and pimples can all lead to certain areas of the skin becoming darker. While hyperpigmentation can be stubborn to lighten, this two-step peel system from dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross is the closest product you’ll find to a professional in-clinic treatment. Using the same powerful formulation found in his coveted facials, this peel comprises a potent blend of five exfoliating acids to increase the skin’s radiance, refine pores and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Use up to twice a week and expect a tingle.

BEST FOR TEXTURED SKIN: Amanda Harrington New Skin Advanced Glycolic Facial Pads

Formulated by celebrity tanning expert Amanda Harrington, these glycolic facial pads have been expertly designed to buff and smooth. Made from biodegradable cotton, the pre-soaked pads exfoliate dead, dull skin to reveal an even, hydrated complexion. The perfect companion to prep the skin before an event, they can be used even when you’re not planning to add a sun-kissed glow.

BEST FOR NIXING BLEMISHES: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

This liquid exfoliant by Paula’s Choice contains anti-bacterial salicylic acid – a derm favorite for reducing acne and keeping pores clear. Thanks to its silky texture, skin is left nourished (not tight), and the powerhouse formula helps to reduce blackheads and breakouts while renewing skin cells. Green-tea extract provides an antioxidant to soothe, calm and protect skin, too. Lightly soak a cotton pad and use up to twice a day.

BEST FOR STRESSED SKIN: Susanne Kaufmann Enzyme Peel

Known for her botanical blends that merge science with nature, Susanne Kaufmann’s Enzyme Peel leaves skin smooth, supple and nourished. With mild fruit acids from kiwi, apple and papaya, the rich gel mask sloughs away dead skin and provides a healthy dose of hydration for those that need a nurturing boost. Apply sparingly and leave on for 10 minutes before layering your active serums, which will be able to penetrate the skin even deeper for more effective results.


Exfoliating acids, niacinamide and vitamin B5 are just some of the key ingredients in Oskia’s highly effective treatment for dull, dehydrated skin. Lactic acid boosts moisture levels to brighten without causing irritating, and the gentle, effective and minimal-downtime formula makes this the perfect pre-event peel.

BEST FOR ANTI-AGING: Kat Burki Restorative Dual Acid Peel

Formulated with 10% glycolic acid and 5% hyaluronic acid, this next-generation peel from Kat Burki is an excellent resurfacing treatment to smooth and plump fine lines. The dual-purpose peel works to retexturize dull, dehydrated skin with an instant boost and is infused with cold-pressed avocado oil to nourish. Using the brush, apply a thin layer over the face and neck, and leave on for up to 20 minutes. The results are impressive.


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