Regular Byrdie readers will know that I'm obsessed with the glow-boosting power of a good at-home facial peel. Their liquid formulations slough away dead skin cells, leaving behind a smoother and healthier-looking complexion. They also help clear the way for serums and moisturizers to work more effectively. Essentially, they are your skin's BFF.
I have some favorites, but I'm always open to trying new peels. Enter Darphin's L'Institut Youth Resurfacing Peel With a Botanical Blend ($95), which landed on my desk this week. Now, truth time: I don't wear oil on my face because it always causes me to breakout. That means a lot of Darphin products don't get space in my bathroom cabinet (much to the joy of my colleague, who love oils). But this peel is an oil-free liquid, and it's a serious skin savior.
I've been dealing with a couple of unwelcome hormone-related visitors on my chin in the last week, so I was even more keen to see if this peel worked. After my nightly cleanse, I poured a little of this low-level glycolic peel onto a cotton pad before sweeping it across my face.
Instantly, my skin tingled. It didn't burn, but you know this is working in a very satisfying way. I paid a little extra attention to my chin and noticed it removed the leftover traces of makeup from my skin. My complexion instantly had some pep and vigor; it looked brighter and more even (in both tone and texture). Surprised and eager to see my face in the morning, I went to sleep.
When I woke up, not only did my complexion still look even and more energized, but the spots on my chin were remarkably improved. The day before, they were shiny and inflamed, but today, they were flat and far less visible. It was as if the peel had penetrated the deepest layers of my skin and forced those troublesome spots to move out of my chin where they had been residing. The beauty editor in me knew it wasn't magic, but the skin-renewing winter-bloom and chestnut extracts found in the Darphin formula.
Even my boyfriend commented on how good my skin was looking, and I wasn't wearing any makeup. Needless to say, while the spots are finally gone, this peel will be residing with me indefinitely.