At-home Chemical Peels: Awesome or Terrifying?

I read about Ellen Lange Retexturizing Skin Peel Kit back in March on the Painted Ladies blog. This kit contains the products to give yourself a glycolic acid (an AHA) peel in the comfort and convenience of your own home for a mere $79. So I did what every product junkie would do-- I clicked the link and purchased 2! Well, to be fair, they were running a 50% off sale so it just made sense to.

I've never had a professional chemical peel but I'm no stranger to mini-peel pads that can be purchased at your local Sephora or Ulta. I've tried the Philosophy's The Microdelivery MiniPeel Pads, Peter Thomas Roth 40% Triple Acid Peel (samples) and the Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel. I love the concept and feel like they really help to revitalize my complexion when used at night a few times a week. But there's the rub-- you need to actually remember to do this a few time a week. Since I don't remember to do this consistently, maybe a full chemical peel is a better way to go.

I purchased the Ellen Lange Retexturizing Skin Peel Kit to see if I could be more compliant with this format. It took me almost 2 months to give it a try. It wasn't looking good. Once I finally got myself to try it out, I was pleasantly surprised at the result after just one treatment. These products, there are 3, left me with a smoother, brighter complexion after just one use.

The kit contains a peel prep scrub, peel accelerator pads and glycolic peel solution. First you need to cleanse your face, then apply the scrub to damp skin in a circular motions for 30-60 seconds, rinse and pat dry. Second, you swipe the peel accelerator pad over the entire face and allow to dry. Third, you pump 1 teaspoon of the glycolic peel solution into the little cup provided and then use the brush to apply to the face. The peel foams a bit and needs to be massaged back into the skin after 2-3 minutes with damp fingers, then leave leave on for another 4-5 minute before completely rinsing the peel solution off.

The whole process doesn't really take a lot of time-- maybe 15-20 minutes-- but since there are multiple steps, I feel like I'm less likely to use this system regularly. I've only used this kit once because I just haven't had the time to do it again. I'm sure that if I did I'd love the results. I believe that this kit is gentle enough to be used every 2 weeks based on what I've read. Honestly, writing this post is motivating me to give this kit a second chance. Maybe I'll pull it out again tonight.



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