These Amazing At-Home Peels Will Give You a Brighter Complexion in Minutes

Updated 07/04/19
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We all do our best to practice habits that ensure healthy, moisturized skin. But when it comes to getting that next-level glow, it's those necessary extra steps that really get the job done. Scoring skin that boasts the clean, clear, refreshed look you get from a professional treatment often requires a pricey appointment at a spa. If time or your budget do not allow, there are some terrific at-home alternatives that promise to deliver comparable results, evening out your skin tone and leaving you with a brighter complexion.

Take a well-deserved time out to save face with a serum, gel, or pad that promises to slough off dead skin and rejuvenate the cells below. We've rounded up our favorite at-home chemical peels to enjoy on your couch, saving you a trip to the spa (as well as the hefty price tag), and heck, you can even watch Netflix while you're at it.

Keep scrolling to shop amazing at-home peels that will give you a brighter complexion.

Kate Somerville ReAsphere Micro Peel
Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel $90
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Transform your skin with this leave-on micro peel. Sleep with it on for softer, smoother skin come morning. It uses glycolic acid and lactose to gently exfoliate skin, and even has retinol to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Kiehl's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel $60
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This concentrate uses sustainably sourced quinoa husk extract to accelerate the skin cell turnover process overnight, leaving you with a more even skin tone. It's even safe for sensitive skin types, meaning there's no worrying about if it will irritate your face or not.

Malin+Goetz Resurfacing Glycolic Pads
Malin + Goetz 10% Glycolic Acid Pads $52
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I swear by these pads, as they're the closest thing I can get to an actual peel minus the appointment or possible chemical irritation. Plus, they come in a pack of 50, meaning you get tons of facials in one product.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel $88
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These pre-soaked pads promise smoother, more beautiful skin in just two minutes with no recovery time. It's gentle enough to use daily, and it's free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. What's not to love?

Peter Thomas Roth Peeling Gel
Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel $48
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This formula utilizes multi-action enzymes from pineapple, pomegranate, and keratinase to gently exfoliate skin and reveal a more youthful, purified look. You can literally see the dead skin cells come off your face as you rinse off this peel, so you know it's working.

GoldFaden MD Fresh A Peel
Goldfaden MD Fresh-a-Peel $85
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This all-natural peel uses a non-irritating formula blended with fruit enzymes to smooth texture and brighten skin tone. Plus, you only need to keep it on for a couple of minutes; it's super quick and easy.

Natura Bisse NB Ceutical Tolerance Enzyme Peel $105
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This exfoliant gel was formulated specially for sensitive and intolerant skin. It has no physical exfoliants, so it's less likely to irritate your skin with harsh scrubbing. With just a few uses, it promises soft, smooth, and glowy skin.

Révive Glycolic Renewal Peel Professional System $295
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A Barneys New York exclusive, this high-performance two-step system delivers professional results without any downtime. It's a two-step system that can help reduce wrinkles and dark spots.

Skin Inc. Pure Revival Peel $55
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Reveal renewed skin and a brighter complexion with this gentle exfoliating peel that makes use of high-performance ingredients like AC-11, arbutin, and fullerene. It's safe for all skin types, and the results are nearly instant.

This story was originally published on February 18, 2017, and has since been updated.

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