While they’re definitely effective and fast working, peels can also be too harsh on certain complexions. However, as with all things, it’s about picking the right ones. So we’ve put together a list of gentle peels that are also suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel, $135 for 30 applications
Ideal for fragile skin, this treatment avoids mechanical abrasion and instead removes dead skin cells safely to buff and polish the surface.
Step one is packed with rejuvenating exfoliating acids, while step two delivers anti-ageing (check out these anti-ageing serums here) actives and nourishes and soothes skin to keep it balanced and luminous. It also has calming and hydrating ingredients, such as colloidal oatmeal, to comfort and protect.
Enzyme peels tend to be a gentler, non-abrasive alternative to physical scrubs and chemical peels.
Formulated with an innovative blend of active ingredients, this acts as a bio-dermabrasion procedure to dissolve the build-up of dead skin cells from the outermost layer of skin while preserving the healthy cells, helping to improve skin’s natural renewal cycle.
Made with natural AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) derived from milk and fruit sugars, this lightweight liquid helps to loosen and remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, to target uneven skin tone and reduce fine lines.
Not only is lactic acid less irritating and more moisturising than most acids, this serum is also infused with hyaluronic acid (here’s all you need to know about hyaluronic acid in skincare) for added hydration and comfort.
These peel pads exfoliate with pomegranate enzyme and skin-smoothing oleic, palmitic and linoleic fatty acids, while colloidal oatmeal helps soothe and hydrate the skin.
Its formula also contains a patented Anti-Pollution Blend of six antioxidants to help combat visible signs of ageing caused by UV rays, pollution, free radical damage and other environmental aggressors, while an exclusive Active Rescue Complex leaves skin looking radiant, healthy and even-toned.
This gentle peeling cream is formulated with soothing primrose extract to eliminate dead skin cells and impurities without the need for microbeads (these exfoliating face cleansers do not have harmful microbeads too, read more here).
Use it twice a week for a consistently radiant and soft complexion.