If the word “peel” immediately brings to mind Samantha’s “beef carpaccio” face in that one episode of Sex and the City, we don’t blame you. After all, the very word lends itself to images of raw, red, painful skin. But it might be time for a paradigm shift—there’s a lot about peels that you don’t know (including the fact that they can actually be—wait for it—gentle).
We spoke with peel expert and esthetician Kerry Benjamin and asked her to share all the things about peels that you don’t know—like how pH balance plays a part, the right age to start getting peels, and the one thing you should always avoid afterwards. Keep reading for six surprising things about peels you didn’t already know!