These alcohol-free First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are actually safe enough to use every day if you favor the utmost consistency in your skin-care routine. In fact, lactic and glycolic acids are listed after water, aloe leaf juice, glycerin, and cucumber extract, so it’s a great choice for sensitive skin that might not fare as well with formulas that load up acids at the top. Lemon peel and licorice root also help even out and brighten your skin tone for a healthy (and enviable) glow.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel
Jan Marini Skin Research Marini Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads
Bliss That’s Incredi-Peel Pads
Beauty editors have adored Dr. Dennis Gross’s Alpha Beta Pads for 20 years, but if your skin leans toward the sensitive side, the Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel should be just right for you. In addition to lactic acid and salicylic acid (from willow bark extract), it also has mandelic acid to help minimize irritation and redness. Each treatment comes with two pads, Step 1 and Step 2, which should be applied onto dry skin two minutes apart — no rinsing needed. Then, simply follow up with a serum and moisturizer to seal the deal.
As New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD, previously explained to Allure, mandelic acid has a larger molecule size compared to most AHAs and, therefore, can’t penetrate as deeply into the skin, making it more suitable for reactive skin. And for more assurance against inflammation, soothing colloidal oatmeal rounds out the ingredient list.
If you’ve ever been wary to try a chemical peel, Jan Marini’s Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads offer the best of both worlds. On one hand, there’s a quadruple threat of acids (glycolic, salicylic, mandelic, and lactic) that smoothes out the skin and refines the pores, but it’s the chamomile, aloe vera, and green tea that keeps any potential irritation or redness at bay. Any skin type will benefit from this formula, even those who are sensitive — just lower the wait time to three to five minutes versus the recommended 10 to 15, and you’ll be golden.
No spa, no problem. Bliss That’s Incredi-Peel Pads gradually release a 10 percent concentration of glycolic acid overnight, so you get a formula that truly doesn’t stop working. And Bliss understandably stamps “spa-strength” onto its packaging: it’s powerful. “There’s a reason glycolic is the acid used the most in doctors-office peels,” Ranella Hirsch, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, previously told Allure. “It does the job.” These pads are also packed with glycerin, witch hazel, and soothing calendula flower extract, so you’ll wake up with baby-soft skin.
Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads
E.L.F. Superbrighten Peel Pads
SkinBetter Science AlphaRet Exfoliating Peel Pads
The trick to using Peter Thomas Roth’s Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads is letting the peel soak in for one to three minutes (a slight tingling is normal) before rinsing it off. Besides that, let the 20 percent exfoliating complex made of phytic acid (which is slightly more gentle), salicylic acid, and sodium lactate do the heavy lifting and reveal your inner glow. debris, pore buildup, and blackheads are cleared out, subsequent skin-care products will absorb even better. The additions of vitamin A, vitamin E, chamomile, and green tea keep skin happy and calm.