one treatment to get your skin ready for spring

All winter long we’ve been applying thick creams, masks, balms and oils to retain every bit of moisture possible. All well and good until the weather suddenly turns and that skincare routine becomes too heavy. My reset button? An at-home peel. A little resurfacing action to get skin smoother and brighter in under an hour.

I haven’t seen the need to go down the route of in-office chemical peels (yet) when at-home peels give me excellent results without any of the scary aftermath and impossible-to-plan downtime (think Samantha in that Sex and the City episode). These are the 5 at-home peels I’ve used and loved and will continue to go back to.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – Oh my gosh, the glow. I save the resurfacing mask to use pre-party when I want to look seriously radiant. My love for this mask and for Tata Harper pre-dates my transition to clean beauty. The “resurfacing” element comes from fruit enzymes, botanical extracts and natural salicylic acid.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial – This mask means business: it’s a chemical and physical exfoliant. I use it less often as it’s quite strong, maybe once a month, and don’t leave it on over the recommended 20 minutes. It gets my skin seriously smooth and perfectly prepped for a serum or oil.

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask – I especially love this mask during the summer or when my skin is irritated. The gel formula is cooling and refreshing, and blue tansy reduces redness and inflammation while the acids and enzymes work their clarifying, smoothing magic.

Caudalie Glycolic Peel – Caudalie’s mask will be your gentlest option. The creamy formula stands out to me, as does the soothing, softening effect on top of the usual exfoliating and brightening.

Pixi Peel & Polish – This is my express peel, 2 minutes. I reach for it in the morning if I notice my skin is flaking or dull to quickly resurface. It’s gentle, too, so my skin isn’t red afterwards and I can go straight into my skincare and makeup.

Photo, Irving Penn, Vogue