No one likes piling on layers and layers of full coverage foundation on those hot and sweaty days. If you want to embrace the au-naturale look, it might be a good idea to include peels in your skincare routine.

Peels are basically chemical exfoliants or gentle acids that slough off dead skin cells, eliminating traces of pollution, grime and gunk to unveil healthy and glowing skin. To get an in-clinic peel, you can visit a certified dermatologist or aesthetician, however such treatments don’t come cheap. 

Alternatively, you can also use at-home peels when your complexion needs a little pick-me-up. These peels are not only less expensive, they are also gentler and require less to no downtime.

When used on the skin, these peels with a pH level that is lower than that of your skin’s natural pH will work to break the bonds between the dead skin cells. If done right, this pain-free process will promote skin regeneration and help the skin to feel smoother and cleaner.


In general, at-home peels might have a lower acid concentration compared to clinical peels. If the peel is not used properly or if it’s not suitable for your skin type, burning, irritation and discomfort may occur. That is why is important to find a peel that works for your skin type, especially if your skin is on the sensitive side.

Popular Taiwanese skincare brand, Dr. Wu, is famed for its gentle skincare products that have been said to be just as effective as clinical treatments. One key ingredient used in Dr. Wu’s products is mandelic acid which is a type of alpha hydroxy acid that aids in skin renewal and regeneration. If you have sensitive skin, try looking for peels with this ingredient as it has a larger molecule structure compared to other acids making it penetrate at a slower rate, lowering the risk of skin irritation.

One of the brand’s bestsellers is the Daily Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid ($44.90) that contains three acids at a golden concentration of 5% mandelic acid, 2% salicylic acid, and 1% pyruvic acid that allows for faster, deeper, and yet gentler skin renewal.




Besides sloughing off the dead skin cells, a good peel can also help to alleviate skin conditions like acne and boost skin cell metabolism.

Dr. Wu recently added a new product Daily Renewal Essence with Mandelic Acid ($54.90) to its mandelic acid skincare range. Infused with probiotics like the brewer’s yeast, lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacterium, this essence does more than just cleaning the pores and exfoliating the skin.

The probiotics and mandelic acid work together to increase oxygen content in the skin, strengthen cell immunity and restore the skin’s metabolism. When your skin has a healthy metabolic rate it regenerates better and collagen is boosted making the complexion more supple and youthful. Plus, it is also gentle enough to be used on a daily basis.




As a rule of thumb, always cleanse your skin before using a peel. Try the Renewal Cleansing Mousse with Mandelic Acid ($45.90) that is packed with mandelic acid and amino acid to cleanse without causing irritation.

Next follow up with your essence, apply an appropriate amount of Daily Renewal Essence with Mandelic Acid ($54.90) evenly throughout the face. And depending on your skin condition, you can choose to apply a peel like the Daily Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid ($44.90) once every two or three days before your moisturiser if your skin is on the dry and sensitive side. For those with oily skin, you can opt for the Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Serum with Mandelic Acid ($50.40) and use it twice or thrice a week instead. 
For the finishing touch, apply a layer of moisturiser. The Dr Wu Post-recovery Moisturizer with Tri-ceramides ($59.90) is enriched with American sunflower seed extract, saccharide isomerate, and multiple vitamins to maintain moisture and soothe skin irritation.