Facial peels with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are all the rage these days. And if you’ve ever had one, you probably know why. A good facial peel leaves your skin super refreshed, dewy and vibrant looking. Once you try one, we guarantee that you will be adding them to your regular skin care routine.

Peels and other treatments containing AHAs cause the outermost layer of your skin, which is comprised of mostly dull, dead skin cells, to be dissolved and removed, leaving behind younger, fresher skin cells.

If you are nervous about facial peels, you’re probably remembering how early versions were rather harsh and actually caused the skin itself to flake and peel as the outer layer came off. Not appealing. It could also be too strong for those with sensitive skin. But you don’t need to be afraid of today’s peels. They can be great even for those with sensitive skin and can easily be done at home for a fraction of the cost of a peel at the salon or dermatologist’s office.

What is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid?

The idea of putting acid on your skin may sound a little scary, but alpha hydroxy acids (or AHAs) are simply compounds derived mostly from fruits and vegetables. Citric acids are AHAs from citrus fruits, lactic acids are derived from lactose products, and so on. Glycolic acid comes from sugar cane and is the smallest molecule of all the acids, which means that it penetrates your skin the most effectively.

How Can I Start Using AHAs in My Skin Care Routine?

There are lots of products out there that claim to give you the results of a salon peel, but not all give the same results. Here are a few of our faves:

Freeze 24-7 Skin Smoothie Retexturizing Glycolic Pads – For those on the go that want a quick skin pick-me-up, these smoothie pads are an at-home, one-step glycolic treatment that gently exfoliates and retexturizes your skin to give you a youthful, radiant glow. Skin Smoothie uses the microsponge delivery system, a patented technique that provides a sustained and gradual release of glycolic acid, resulting in an effective yet gentle and mild formula.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – This triple action cleanser and exfoliator is great for all types of skin, from dry to oily. It polishes away dull, dry skin without irritation using a proprietary blend of salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids, leaving behind a brighter, younger-looking complexion.

Lierac High Peel  - When you’re ready to step up your skin game to the next level, try the Lierac High Peel for dramatic skin transformation. Containing ultra-high concentrations of new generation hydroxy acids and urea, High Peel is a high-performance, high-tolerance peel skin care formula developed to visibly diminish the appearance photo-aging.

Be sure to check out the full line of skin care products available on our website.  We guarantee that all beauty lines offered are 100% authentic, never from a third-party, and are items that our beauty team uses on our own hair and skin. Plus, Pandora Beauty offers some of the best prices available on all your favorite salon-quality products at our online discount beauty supply store.