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It’s true—there are plenty of skin care treatments that are best left to a professional—but glycolic acid peels aren’t one of them. With the right skin care products on hand, you can give yourself a glycolic acid peel without ever leaving your home (except maybe to purchase the peel in the first place). If you’re wondering why exactly a glycolic acid peel is a must for your skin care routine, beyond the easy accessibility, stick around. Trust us, if your complexion has fine lines and wrinkles or dark spots, you’ll want to hear this. We’re sharing all the details on glycolic acid, including why you should use it and how to add a glycolic acid peel into your at-home skin care regimen.
First things first, you need to know the basics about chemical peels—because a glycolic acid peel is a form of a chemical peel. Unlike at-home glycolic peels, professional chemical peels are a bit more intense and can require some downtime after the procedure. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists use chemical peels to literally peel away signs of aging from the skin on the face, hands, neck, and chest. In addition to reducing signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, professional chemical peels are also used to treat other skin concerns including acne, age spots, discoloration (uneven skin tone), dullness, freckles, rough-feeling skin, and sun damage.
A glycolic acid peel, is actually the most common AHA peel, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health. Glycolic acid is a popular peel agent because it penetrates skin easily. But what exactly can glycolic acid do for the skin? It chemically exfoliates the skin and can help to improve the appearance of skin’s texture and radiance.
Booking an appointment with your derm for a chemical peel can offer some pretty amazing benefits, but as we mentioned, you can also benefit from a glycolic acid peel at home. All you need are the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads. This at-home glycolic acid peel pad option is the perfect way to introduce your skin to AHAs. The multi-ply textured pads physically resurface dead skin cells from the surface of skin. Immediately after using, skin looks brighter and feels softer, while skin tone is more even and texture more refined with continued use over time. As for how to use them, it couldn’t be easier! Every night, after washing your face, gently move the peel pad over your complexion in a circular motion. That’s it!
Editor’s note: Keep in mind that since AHAs like glycolic acid may leave your skin more sensitive to the sun, you'll want to make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher in the morning as directed (along with taking other sun protection measures like limiting your amount of time in the sun, seeking shade, and covering up exposed areas).
If you find that you're a fan of glycolic acid, you don’t have to stop with just peel pads. Check out these other skin care products—all formulated with glycolic acid—that you can add into your skin care routine:
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser: This daily scrub facial cleanser is formulated with glycolic acid and gentle micro-pearls to exfoliate dullness and impurities from the surface of skin. Immediately, skin looks brighter, while skin tone appears more even with continued use over time. Every morning and evening, lather the facial cleanser into wet hands and gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer: We’re suckers for multi-tasking skin care products (because who really has the time to layer on one skin care product after the other after the other?), and this one fits the bill. This dual-action moisturizer features an exfoliating concentrate formulated with glycolic acid in one chamber and a brightening infusion formulated with vitamin C and Pro-Retinol in the other. This deeply hydrating overnight moisturizer glides onto skin and absorbs quickly. Every night, smooth the moisturizer gently over cleansed skin. Immediately, skin looks more radiant and feels hydrated, while skin tone looks more even and the appearance of dark spots is diminished with continued use over time.
L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30: Formulated with glycolic acid, Pro-Retinol, and vitamin C, this daytime moisturizer immediately makes skin appear brighter, while dull, uneven skin tone is renewed with continued use over time. This moisturizer is also formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30, so apply as directed and don’t forget about the other everyday sun protection measures, like staying out of the sun and wearing protective accessories.
Don’t stop with a glycolic acid peel, there’s more at home skin care to attempt. Head on over to our article, How to Recreate a Hollywood Facial at Home.