Whenever I think of facial peels, I cringe. Seriously. I have sensitive skin, and although I have to try hundreds of products for the skin, whenever I’ve tried any kind of facial peel, I have really felt the consequences (and not in a good way).
But a facial peel is one of the only ways you can remove the surface layer of dead, dull, skin cells, and reveal newer, brighter, smoother skin underneath. Peels are nothing to take lightly. Strong peels must be done by a skilled professional, and do-it-yourself peels can be terribly harsh if you don’t do them perfectly. If you are to gentle, you won’t get the results, and if you overdo it, your face will look like it had a date with a blow torch!
Dr Dennis Gross has created a DIY facial peel called the Alpha Beta Daily Peel by md Skincare that may be one of the few I can recommend to you, and use myself. It is gentle enough to on a daily basis, so your skin continues to improve, with time. It also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. In addition. It can help to reduce complexion problems (it promotes cell renewal, exfoliates dead skin cells, and helps lift and remove blackhead/waxy plugs that clog pores). It can also manage oil production, tone skin, and increase skin clarity, all without burning it or peeling it to shreds.
If you plan to use this for a month on a daily basis, you will want the $78.00 treatment with 30 applications each in two jars. There is also the option to purchase 10 applications for $28.00 Neither option is drugstore cheap, but it is certainly less expensive than a professional peel in a doctor’s office or salon. The jars are packaged together in a tube. The first jar has the Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel Step One- 30 pads. The second jar has the Alpha Beta® Daily Face Peel Step two – 30 pads. The first pad is the “refining” (exfoliating) peel, and the second step neutralizes the more than 5 different acids in the first step. Whether you get the 10 day supply, or the 30-day supply, you really should use them up within that time period, so make sure you’re ready to commit to this skincare treatment.
While this peel isn’t going to be as dramatic as an in-office treatment, it does have medical-grade ingredients. It’s good for all skin types, but was it ok for sensitive skin? Yes, actually. For starters, you can’t over-medicate because there is no mixing or guessing how much to use, the pads have a precise blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, soothing green tea extract, and an oil-free moisturizer. And you don’t have to scrub or rub, potentially causing damage and infection.
Here’s how to use it (it’s super-easy).
Swipe Step 1 pad over face, from forehead downward to neck in semi-circular strokes. Avoid contact with eyes and lips. apply until pad feels dry. Do not rinse or apply other product. Wait 2 minutes.
Follow with Step 2.Step 2: Neutralizing system: swipe over face as in step one and do not rinse.
Then follow with a moisturizer.
Something gentle enough for everyday use gives you gradual results, not the immediate and dramatic results you’d get with a more invasive peel. However you won’t get any serious damage from it either. I didn’t try it as an acne fighter, but there seemed to be mixed reviews on how well it worked for that. My feeling is that the Alpha Beta peel is an easy and safe way to get gentle skin exfoliation that will make your complexion look better, and brighter. That is what it should be used for. If you have serious acne or other skin problems, an at-home beautifying treatment is probably not going to give you the results you need. For anti-aging and general skin health, however, it’s a great find.
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