Every perfectly reasonable girl sooner or later wonders about a chemical treatment. It is L.A.—a city that’s no stranger to plastic surgery—after all. Admit it: a few of you have wondered if pouring acid over your face in the name of a quick pick-me-up might be worth the week of post-treatment downtime.
I’ll fess up by saying I’m a devotee of the occasional light peel. Not of those crazy chemical ones that leave you looking as blistered as a burn patient while sheets of skin peel off without warning, but of the gentle, fruity ones with enzymes and acids that tingle at most and allow me to get back to work within the hour.
If you’re too nervous to try any kind of high performance peel, Cane + Austin’s Miracle Pads ($78) are an ideal alternative for getting a pore-perfect complexion. The sci-fi looking jar actually houses 60 single-use pads that have been pre-soaked with pure and buffered 20% Glycolic Acid (derived from sugar), which works to gently exfoliate and retexture skin while helping to reverse hyperpigmentation.
I’d suggest swiping the pads every other night on clean skin. Sensitive skins will definitely feel a tingling sensation. It shouldn’t burn or sting, but you will feel a bite from the first few swipes of this ingenious treatment. I decided to skip a visit to the aesthetician’s visit and use the pads exclusively to see what they’re all about, and it didn’t take more than four days before I saw results. My face was never red or blotchy. Rather, I noticed a telltale clean glow that I haven’t gotten from the last few derm peels, which cost me several times the price of this tub.
The added benefit is that pharmaceutical grade Glycolic Acid brings a gentle touch that works very well with every skin type to improve post-summer dullness, patchiness, uneven tone and fine lines. Working your way up to daily use means you’ll never have to hide away from the world to look pretty again.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.