If a facial peel still makes you think of that "SATC" episode where Samantha has to hide her red, blistering face behind a veil, it's time to reconsider. Most new peels have minimal downtime, and there are even at-home peel pads that make skin look instantly better.
These peel pads exfoliate with acids and enzymes in a matter of seconds. Swipe one over your face after cleansing (follow with your regular skin care routine), and you'll wake up to prettier, smoother skin -- guaranteed. Here, we've rounded up nine new peel pads that are all stellar for different reasons.
Peel Pads to Calm Inflammation
Countless skin problems -- from acne to pigmentation -- can be traced back to inflammation. And even though peel pads can help treat these problems, they can also irritate skin. Opt for peel pads with soothing ingredients like MDSUN Skin Exfoliation Pads, $78, which contain a blend of acids to thoroughly exfoliate skin plus botanicals like feverfew extract to simultaneously calm inflammation.
Peel Pads for Glow
If glowy, translucent-looking skin is your goal, try the DCL G20 Radiance Peel, $60. These peel pads contain 20-percent glycolic, yet they're safe to use twice a week. Another pro: These pads are nice and large so you can swipe them over your neck, chest and backs of your hands when you're done with your face.
Avon Anew Clinical Strength Retexturizing Peel, $25, has been around for years but just got a major upgrade: In addition to 10-percent glycolic acid, the new version also has acne-fighting salicylic acid and hydrating hyaluronic acid. However, this peel pad is still gentle enough to use a few times a week, and it contains botanical ingredients to clean the skin while the acid works to even out texture. If you're trying to get rid of acne scars or pigmentation, give it a go.