If the phrase ‘facial peel’ still springs visuals of Samantha Jones, face red and chemically burnt to your mind, it’s time to rethink your skincare routine.
In the years since the traditionally hard, fast and strictly professional-only treatment found fame on the small screen, resurfacing has had a mini make-under of sorts and modern DIY peels focus on maintenance, offering radiance sans redness. Here’s how.
How does an at-home peel work?
Following a less aggressive, but no less effective philosophy, at-home treatments keep the traditional peel-premise of exfoliation by increasing cell turnover, only more gently.
“Rather than waiting the normal 28 days for your cells to renew, a peel will speed up the process to refine rough texture and correct lines and discolouration,” explains Ben Ferguson, Education Manager for Kiehl’s. The latest innovation from the cult brand, the Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate switches out Alpha Hydroxi Acids (AHAs) for sustainably sourced quinoa husk extract. “It’s a natural ingredient that has been found to give you the results you want, without the sensitivity you get with a more traditional peel.”
Peels vs face scrubs, what’s the difference?
Scrubs exfoliate the surface of the skin and remove dead surface skin cells for a fresh skin, clean feeling, while peels go deeper. “Peels promote new cell growth and work on serious skin concerns such as fine lines and discolouration, while boosting radiance and plumpness,” explains Ferguson, “Plus a peel will still instantly refine texture and tighten pores like a scrub exfoliator will.”
When should you use it?
Rather than a monthly blast, think of the Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate as a ‘peel with training wheels’ that you can pat on without the worry, even if you’re sensitive.
Get step-wise for the perfect way to peel, pat and get glowing by tomorrow.
STEP ONE: DROP PEEL ONTO YOUR FINGERTIPS
Apply a few drops of Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate to thoroughly cleansed skin. “It’s designed to be that layer you put on first after toning, before your serum, night oil or cream,” explains Ferguson.
STEP THREE: FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR REGULAR NIGHT-TIME ROUTINE
While Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is gentle enough to layer under any before-bed skin ritual, count how many exfoliating products you’re using first.
“If you’re already using more than three exfoliating products, whether it’s something featuring AHAs or a scrub, we recommend to start using the Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate every other night, before building up to nightly after a week or so,” recommends Ferguson. “If it’s less than three, you can pretty much go straight into using it every night.”
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