If there’s one thing we could all use after an entire year defined by staying inside, it’s a return to nature. Even if hopping on a plane and heading for the mountains still feels out of reach, we found the next best thing: Alpyn Beauty’s Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel ($56), a powerful (yet surprisingly gentle) exfoliant powered by Mother Nature, and now available at Sephora. Made with berries and botanicals foraged from the fields and forests surrounding the mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this might just be the product of your cottagecore dreams.
Five minutes is all it takes for the peel’s eight natural acids to get to work on dissolving any dead cells, lead by skin-brightening powerhouses like glycolic, lactic, and citric acids. Meanwhile, a delicious-smelling blend of antioxidant-filled blueberry seed paste and bamboo powder delicately buff away surface-level impurities and debris to reveal a truly luminous, kitten-soft complexion. Gentle enough to use daily, the multitasking product acts as a chemical exfoliant, peel, mask, and polish in one. If it immediately earns a spot in your medicine cabinet, you’re in great company. Before arriving at Sephora, the peel famously sold out on the Alpyn Beauty site in just 30 minutes—twice.
Byrdie's editorial director Faith Xue calls the Wild Huckleberry Peel her new favorite way to deal with dullness and breakouts. “My skin was not in a good place (maskne, it's real!), but this peel brought it back to life,” she says. “I love that it offers both chemical and physical exfoliation, so your skin feels as smooth as butter after using.”
This isn’t your standard exfoliating peel, either. Sure, its eight naturally-derived acids are excellent at what they do, but the real secret of this peel is hidden right in its name: “wild” is the operative word in everything Alpyn Beauty does. Harvesting berries, flowers, and plants directly from the mountains surrounding the Alpyn offices, their signature practice of “wildcrafting”, or respectfully foraging for natural ingredients to guarantee maximum potency, is a huge reason why their products are so effective (and the reason their eye cream and cleanser have won a Byrdie Eco Award). The plants gathered aren’t just rich in vitamins, as is the case with vitamin C-packed huckleberries—their evolutionary resilience and ability to thrive in a harsh mountain landscape makes them ideal at combating more modern skin stressors like pollution congestion, moisturize-zapping air conditioning, and face mask breakouts.
The Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel might not be an actual mountain getaway, but your skin will never know the difference.