Damaged skin is dry and dull looking, and lacks its original luster. The damage causes uneven texture and so products don’t go on smoothly (even though you’re using your regular foundation).
Luckily, modern beauty technology is here, and you don’t have to leave your house to take advantage of it! The newest trend is at-home peels, but the truth is even if you have sensitive skin, none of these products will cause your epidermis to actually peel off (the way a real peel may at a dermatologist’s office).
What all these products will do is help speed up skin-cell turnover thereby reducing dryness. If you’re trying to get rid of skin that’s damaged, think about introducing these into your beauty routine.
Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Overnight Peel
This is probably the most gentle product on our list, but it does contain a small amount of glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin, and some vitamin C which can help make skin brighter. In just a couple of weeks of regular use, you’ll notice dullness is smoothed away and brighter skin cells surface. The gel formulation is light and absorbs into skin easily without clogging pores (which means it's great for acne as well).
Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pad
If your skin can handle something a little more intense, then look no further than Kate Somerville, whose products are always packed with a high-level of active ingredients. The Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Treatment is hands down our favourite peel, but now there’s also the Kate Somerville Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pad (it's formulated with lactic acid, which is gentle yet effective). The treatment comes in the form of single-use buffing pads that are easy to use. You’ll see smoother skin after a week of regular use. The peel is gentle enough to be used every day by those who have oily skin. If your epidermis is sensitive, use it every other day or just a couple times a week.
Price: $84 for 16 pads; Available at KateSomerville.com.
Murad’s Intensive Resurfacing Peel
Of the bunch, this is the most intensive. The resurfacing peel has a blend of glycolic and salicylic acids, which is what makes it so powerful. Leave it on for 10 minutes (or as much as you can handle, if you have sensitive skin) then wash off. Used once a week, it’ll slowly clear away major dryness and dark spots from the sun.
Price: $49 for 4 treatments.