What Is An Exfoliating Peel? Everything You Need To Know

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Exfoliation is one of those things that’s drummed into us as an essential part of the weekly skincare routine. After all, it’s a great way to banish dullness, soften the complexion and eliminate dead skin cells or impurities that clog pores, causing annoying blemishes. The post-exfoliation glow is always desirable too, not to mention that it enables follow-on products and hydrators to penetrate more deeply.

These days, there are so many exfoliators on the market, and many are moving away from the traditional scrub formulations. If you haven’t already tried an exfoliating peel, read on to find out why you must!

What is an Exfoliating Peel?

Exfoliating scrubs manually exfoliate the skin, through the use of abrasive particles, including micro-granules of things like sugar and salt. The scrubbing action causes friction against the skin to polish its surface. 

The word peel, on the other hand, can be slightly misleading because it sounds as if you’ll need to peel something off. This, of course, is not the case. An exfoliating peel, in actual fact, contains active ingredients, like fruit acids and enzymes, to chemically dissolve away debris. 

You normally apply the exfoliating peel, leave it to fully absorb, then continue applying the rest of your skincare products. There’s no actual peeling involved!!! Instead, the exfoliator quietly gets down to work whilst you carry on with your day’s activities or sleep through the night.

How fast can you see results from a peel

When you use an exfoliating peel, it goes without saying that you’ll see an instant improvement to the radiance and texture of your complexion. 

Exfoliating peels also work over the longer term, correcting and preventing damage and dealing with skin issues at their root. With regular use, the results will be even more transformative, leaving skin healthier, clearer, and more youthful looking.

How to Use an Exfoliating Peel

It’s important to cleanse skin before exfoliating so that superficial dirt is lifted. That way, the exfoliating peel can penetrate more deeply and work optimally.  

Apply bestseller, 111SKIN Clinical Exfoliator generously onto clean, dry skin as part of your evening routine and as always, avoid sensitive areas like the eyes. Leave the formula to sink in, before applying the rest of your follow-on products. It’s really that simple.

Whilst you get some much-needed shut-eye, this absolute gem uses a powerful, albeit gentle blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to effectively slough away impurities, leaving the complexion remarkably refined, illuminated, and smooth. A derivative of sugar beet called Tego Natural Betaine reduces water loss, helping to keep skin healthy and gorgeously nourished too.

This is a great product to use if you’re experiencing breakouts and blemishes as it targets current spots and prevents new ones from forming. Calming botanicals including Rosemary, Chamomile and Mexican Giant Hyssop are also on hand in this state-of-the-art formulation to help calm irritation, inflammation and reduce any redness too.


If you have normal to dry skin and would like to target those frustrating signs of ageing, try the exceptional Obagi-C® Rx System C-Exfoliating Day Lotion. The ingredients label reads like the A-list of the skincare world! 

Glycolic Acid, a powerful AHA, gets straight on with the dirty work, dissolving away impurities, speeding up the rate of cell turnover and transforming skin from deep within. 

Then there’s the much-hailed miracle ingredient, 10% L-ascorbic Acid, or, as you might know it, Vitamin C in its purest form. Aside from its celebrated skin-brightening properties, this super vit brings a multitude of other benefits, like targeting fine line and wrinkles, promoting collagen production, and defending skin from premature ageing caused by free radicals. 

Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid are also included to improve skin’s moisture content and plump it, which works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Not to mention, there’s also super-soothing Chamomile Extract, just the thing to calm irritated and inflamed skin. 

Conversely, this exfoliator is for use during your morning routine. Gently massage this lightweight hydrating peel into the skin until it’s fully absorbed before continuing with the rest of your products. With regular use, you’ll definitely see a noticeable difference in the brightness, texture, elasticity, and radiance of your skin.


Latest update: 24/09/2021
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