One of the most critical elements to maintaining healthy and radiant skin is regular exfoliation. Nowadays it’s not just your standard apricot-based scrub or micro-beads doing the job, though. Rather than scratchy physical exfoliants, a lot of people prefer chemical exfoliants, as they are able to get deeper and show long-lasting effects on your skin. These often use a combination of various fruit extracts and natural enzymes to promote exfoliation, with the goal of loosening and removing dead skin cells that are sitting on the surface of your skin.
Chemical exfoliants will help improve texture, acne, aging and discoloration on your face. Overall, you’ll end up looking brighter and better than ever. Be sure to follow the instructions for use (frequency, etc.) on these peels, and apply sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight immediately after using them. Your skin will be sensitive, so protect it!
Tony Moly Brightening Peeling Gel, $10
For brighter, more luminous skin, this gel-based exfoliant is your best choice. It uses fruit and floral extracts to reveal your best skin ever.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel, $40
This extra-strength peel will help you resurface your skin by using a combination of exfoliants, clay, and active charcoals to balance and renew your skin for maximum radiance.
Saturday Skin Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel, $28
Good for all skin-types, this peel gel uses natural enzymes and peptides to help you slough away your dead skin while also soothing any irritation.
Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel, $58
If you have congested skin, the best way to purge all the dirt and debris is to use this natural enzyme-based exfoliant to promote clear and radiant complexion. The pumpkin extract works alongside cinnamon bark, oregano and rosemary to break down dead skin cells and act as an antiseptic.
Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel, $10
This blend of fruit and enzymes uses a more natural approach to clearing out your skin and smoothing out your texture.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel, $88
This peel comes in the form of pre-soaked pads, which makes this easy for anyone to use on-the-go or at home. It’s perfect for all skin types — whether you're dealing with aging skin or acne-prone skin.
Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel, $20
This gel is specifically targeted at removing dead skin to reveal brighter and purer skin underneath. It uses vitamins and other natural ingredients to keep your skin moisturized and radiant. You might’ve seen viral videos of people using this and seeing immediate results in the form of dead skin coming right off.
Kiehl’s Over-Night Biological Peel, $46
This non-comedogenic and oil-free peel works for all skin types to minimize pore size and renew skin. You’ll notice the vibrancy and texture change after just the first use.
Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel, $12
This peel uses a combination of the enzymes found in pineapples, apples, aloe and purslane to exfoliate skin and eliminate flakiness. The vitamins A & C found inside these compounds help to prevent aging, reduce inflammation and soften skin.
Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel, $34
This lightweight and easy peel gel is perfect for regular usage. It’ll help clear out your skin and leave behind your natural glow.
Origins GinZing Peel-Off Mask to Refine and Refresh, $27
This peel-off mask uses ginseng, fruit acid and coffee beans to lift away dirt and debris to reveal clear and radiant skin. You just apply, let it dry and then peel it off.
OLEHENRIKSON Instant Transformation Lemon Facial Peel, $48
The combination of glycolic and lactic acids inside this peel loosens and lifts dead skin to improve discoloration and reveal a radiant glow.
Skin Inc. Pure Revival Peel Mini, $17
This gentle peel is non-abrasively formulated to revive the skin’s vitality and prepare it to absorb all the nutrients you plan on nourishing your skin with.
Caudalie Glycolic Peel, $39
The purpose of this peel is to tighten your pores, renew your skin texture and reduce oil using natural enzymes, viniferine and glycolic acid.
Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea, $27
These single-use pads use natural enzymes as well as the powerful antioxidant green tea to refresh and renew your face.
Lancer Caviar Lime Acid Peel, $90
This peel uses a high concentration of glycolic acid, phytic acid and AHAs to resurface and reveal a youthful-looking glow that is currently covered by dead skin and debris.
Tony Moly Banana Peeling Cream, $17
The natural banana ingredient gives the effect of both exfoliation and massage while also locking in moisture for brighter, hydrated skin.