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The Gentle Facial Peels To Smooth, Soften And Brighten Skin

There are few at-home beauty treatments that give you results as fast, or as obviously, as facial peels. They are probably the closest thing to a spa treatment without having to leave the comfort of your bathroom. Generally, peel help to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells to leave your complexion softer, smoother and more radiant. In some cases, peels can even help to minimise the appearance of pores and soften fine lines and wrinkles. The only downside is that they can sometimes be too harsh on sensitive skin, resulting in redness, irritation and inflammation. To help prevent this, we’ve curated a list of gentle facial peels that are suitable for sensitive complexions so you can exfoliate at ease.

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#1: Susanne Kaufmann Enzyme Peel, USD$49.12 (approx. $66.20), net-a-porter
Made in the alpine Bregenzer Forest using organically cultivated active plant ingredients (selected for their nourishing and calming properties), this gel is blended with mild fruit acids from kiwis, apples and papayas to slough away dead skin without distressing the epidermis, leaving you with a healthy, dewy complexion. #2: Albion Infinesse Serum Peeling, $100
Used after cleansing, this wipe-off serum helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells away, leaving skin firm yet hydrated for a healthy glow. It also has the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Resveratrol, Rosa Rugosa Flower extract to inhibit the actions of collagen- and elastin-degrading enzymes, as well as Royal Jelly Extract to boost circulation and cell metabolism. #3: Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel, $118, Sephora
This bi-phase formula includes the effectiveness of peeling acids with the nourishing benefits of Microalgae Oil. The water phase is infused with Alguronic Acid and anti-ageing peeling ingredients, such as Glycolic and Shikimic Acid to exfoliate and condition skin. The oil phase contains a high concentration of Microalgae Oil and powerful peeling and restorative ingredients such as salicylic acid and algae extracts to replenish and nourish the skin. Together, they leave you with a luminous, clear, younger-looking complexion. #4: Laneige Clear C Peeling Mask, $30
This contains soft, natural strawberry seeds and konjac to gently exfoliate. It also has natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) derived from sugar maple, sugarcane, orange, lemon and bilberry to soften dead skin cells and speed up skin’s natural exfoliation process, as well as antioxidant-rich Super Berry extract. #5: Nurse Jamie Dermalase AHA Exfoliating Mask, USD$50.44 (approx. $68), net-a-porter
Formulated with a blend of fruit extracts, glycolic acid and aloe vera to rejuvenate skin from within and fight signs of ageing, this helps to smooth, brighten and refresh skin. Its mix of pineapple, lemon, grape and passion fruit extracts help to firm and promote cellular DNA reproduction, while glycolic acid and aloe vera plumps skin. #6: Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask, $105
This gentle peel is infused with a mix of chemical exfoliants (salicylic acid, glycolic acid, citric acids and flower acids) to brighten, smooth, soften and rejuvenate skin in just 60 seconds. #7: Caudalie The Mask Collection Glycolic Peel, $43, Sephora
Viniferine is a patented Caudalie active ingredient, which is said to be 62 times more effective than Vitamin C in combating dark spots, to brighten and even out skin tone. Papaya enzymes are a gentle biological exfoliant that brightens and improves skin quality, while glycolic acid works on the epidermis to remove any dead cells on the surface of the skin. #8: Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, $99
Suitable for all skin types, this has quinoa husk extract that is said to have skin exfoliating benefits without causing any irritation to skin. Formulated together with a cocktail of fruit acids, cactus extract and phytic acid, this helps to boost cell turnover and radiance, as well as improve the appearance of fine lines, skin texture and tone, all without irritating sensitive skin. #9: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Medi-Spa Peel, USD$108.73 (approx. $146.40), net-a-porter
This two-step regimen includes 16 pads infused with exfoliating Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids, as well as a milky peptide finishing step to weaken the connection between dead cells. Used once a week, it leaves you with a firmer, more hydrated and radiant complexion. #10: Dr. Jart Pore Medic Pore Minish Peeling Gel, $41, Sephora
This gommage peel contains cellulose extracted from pumpkin, apple, lemon, papaya and apricot to remove dead skin cells without irritating skin. It has hydrating ingredients to boost skin’s moisture levels. To use: apply the peeling gel on dry skin and massage it in for about 30 seconds, after which you can rinse it off with warm water.