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August 26, 2020

These Easy, At-Home Home Peels Will Bring a Youthful Glow to Your Skin

Staying home more often than not these days? Emerge with smooth, baby-soft skin after experimenting with these peels.




When my office went into WFH (Work From Home) mode in early March, there was only one thing on my beauty brain – a home peel. I am no stranger to a flaking face in public, but I much prefer to peel in the privacy of my own home. And, there’s no better time to indulge during this time of social-distancing.


Summer is not the best time for one of these because UV rays are stronger and can lead to dark spots according to Dr. Kay Durairaj, but fall is almost here, so keep this list close by and prepare for covet-worthy skin. As always, be sure to wear a hat and use a good sunscreen every single day. Happy peeling!


Epicuren Discovery Pumpkin Apple Spice Peel 74ml
Epicuren Discovery Pumpkin Apple Spice Peel 74ml ($50.50)


If you’re new to peels or looking for something to ease into it, try the Epicuren Discovery Pumpkin Apple Spice Peel. Fruit enzymes work to dissolve dead skin cells and pumpkin has been proven to protect your skin from free radical damage. Use a dollop on your face and neck after cleansing and leave on for five minutes before following through with your regular skincare regimen. Gentle and natural enough to be used a few times a week, but don’t let that trick you – sunscreen is still a vital step when using any exfoliant.



Whamisa Organic Flowers Peeling Finger Mitt Moisturizing
Whamisa Organic Flowers Peeling Finger Mitt Moisturizing 30ea ($30)


Whether you’re in a tent or an RV or just hanging out in your approved household, brightening pads are effective, easy to use and give your complexion a noticeable boost without the flakes on your pillowcase! My absolute favorites are the Hydro-Glo Skin Brightening Peel Pads. They’re packed with lactic, mandelic, and kojic acids, in addition to papaya and pineapple extracts which all work together to lighten, exfoliate and fight free radicals. The bonus is that they smell delicious, though they do need to be neutralized with water, which can put a damper on your camping experience.


I am also loving the Whamisa Organic Flowers Peeling Finger Mitt. This line uses fermented botanicals and aloe to keep your skin smooth and soothed and the mitt is gentle enough to be used daily. I’m also keen to try the Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon pads, which are formulated with lemon, orange, and papaya extracts to brighten your complexion and clear out your pores. 



Perfect peel


The Perfect Derma Peel. This was my go-to in March when we went into full lockdown mode. I did The Perfect Peel last year under the supervision of a nurse practitioner so I knew what to expect – a medium depth chemical peel with manageable side effects that is easy to apply and produces a solid two weeks of sloughing skin. With powerhouse ingredients like TCA, retinoic, salicylic, and kojic acids, in addition to the antioxidant Glutathione, it worked to lessen my acne scars, sun damage, and fine lines and left me with noticeably smoother skin. All I had to worry about in the interim were my Zoom calls. (Thank goodness for face masks!)


Aerify Complexion Kit by Jason Emer Skin Care, LLC


Aerify Complexion Revival Peeling Kit from Emerage Skin. Not only is Dr. Jason Emer one of my favorite accounts to follow on IG (his drawn-out “hey guys” greeting rings in my brain all day), but he has recently launched his own performance skincare line. Renowned for the innovative treatment of acne scarring and personalized laser protocols, Dr. Emer says, “This is the way to get your dermatologist, aesthetician, skin spa-level results safely and easily at home.” The kit includes five products to be applied over 14 days with a list of ingredients similar to The Perfect Peel, but with added licorice root, green tea, peptides, and concentrated blueberry extracts to gradually exfoliate, brighten and renew the skin while protecting and camouflaging your progress through the peel. 


Whichever peel you choose, be sure to adhere to the guidelines provided, stay out of the sun, and wear a minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen along with a hat while venturing outdoors. Can’t wait to see all of your fresh faces for real!

Amanda Fletcher is a writer, editor and coach whose personal focus is recovery and wellness. A prolific travel and freelance feature writer, her work has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Orange County Register, FAR & WIDE and many more. You can follow her story on Instagram @theamandafletcher and find her at



Just tried the Pumpkin Apple Spice Peel and am now in full blown fall mode. (Bring on the crunchy leaves and apple cinnamon candles!) I really loved it - it's such an easy introduction to doing peels at home. I'll have to look into the more intensive options you suggested as we head into cooler weather!

Thanks for this article! So much information, I love it! The Pumpkin Apple Spice Peel sounds amazing. I'm looking forward to trying this one. :)

I love facial peels. Such a game changer in skincare. All of the products listed above are great. They leave your skin looking so soft and glowy!

I Love the Whamisa peeling finger mitt. It cleanses and exfoliates all my impurities leaving my face hydrated and new. I advise you to have an exfoliation added to your routine. It definitely makes a difference.

The Neogen Peeling Pads have been a staple in my skincare routine ever since I tried them for the first time. Exfoliating makes all the difference in your skin!

I love love love a good peel! The Epicuren mentioned in this article is amazing.

Love this article!