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10 Facial Peels to Banish Dead Winter Skin

10 Facial Peels to Banish Dead Skin

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We know, winter wreaked havoc on your skin. But that doesn't mean you need to let the damage show—especially on your face. No, we're not suggesting you cover up with pounds of foundation. Instead, try a facial peel—they're the perfect beauty product to exfoliate and remove impurities without doing damage.

"Peels take off all the dead skin cell layers, stimulate collagen production, and give your skin a glow," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. Most only need to be used one to three times weekly, thanks to the strong acids and enzymes they possess. And don't overdo it in a rush to slough off winter's effects: "If you peel your skin too much, it can become very sensitive, red, irritated, and flaky," says Jaliman.

Try any of the peels we rounded up, and you're bound to notice a brighter, cleaner complexion smiling back in your reflection. (Or, try one of The Best Face Masks for Every Skin Condition.)

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PHYTOMER Resurfacing Peel

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Sensitive skin have no fear, a gentle facial peel is here! Marine AHAs (or alpha-hydroxy acids) mix together with an enzymatic exfoliant and botanical and mineral silica microbeads to cleanse dead skin. All you need is a dab. ($53; lespausa.com)

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emerginC Scienteific Organics Facial Peel & Clarifying Kit

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If creams and gels aren't your thing, try using pads. Apply this 70 percent organic peel pad to dry skin and leave on for five minutes to remove dirt and toxins. Rinse, then apply the clarifying pad to do just that. ($90; emerginc.com)

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Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Skin Renewing Peel Wash (PM)

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For those loyal to the infamous brush, try using it with this peel wash at night. The formula has a LHA (or a lipo-hydroxy acid) that will help remove the outer layer of dead skin from your face. ($25; clarisonic.com)

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StriVectinLABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel

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Two steps in just five minutes leads to youthful results. Rubbing this on once a week delivers high levels of glycolic acid deep into skin to exfoliate and reduce the size of your pores. ($89; strivectin.com) (Get even better skin results by learning The Right Way to Wash Your Face.)

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Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

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This lightweight peeling gel works to remove dead skin, exfoliate deep under the surface, and tighten skin, thanks to pomegranate enzymes and multi-fruit AHAs. Your face will appear brighter and clearer than before. ($34; sephora.com)

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OROGOLD Cosmetics 24K Deep Peeling

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Looking for the gold treatment? Twenty-four karat gold mixed with vitamins C and E and green tea will rid your skin of toxins without stripping away any necessary natural oils. ($108; orogoldcosmetics.com)

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Vie Collection NIGHT Peel Professive Resurfacing Cream

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Give your skin the same amount of time to recover that you give your body after a long workout. Apply this time-release facial peel at night and let it gradually resurface damage done to your skin during the day. ($190.50; lespausa.com)

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Suki Resurfacing Enzyme Peel

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If you suffer from chronic cystic blemishes, look no further for a product to reduce their appearance. Suki's company-patented glycolic acid penetrates deep sans irritation. ($66; sukiskincare.com) (Suffering from pimples? Try Alternative Adult Acne Treatments.)

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Tammy Fender Epi-Peel

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This tub delivers three times the benefits for the price of one product: it combines an exfoliator, a mask, and peel. In five minutes, your pores will be refined by this killer combination. ($80; store.tammyfender.com)

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Decleor Prolagène Lift & Brightening Peeling Gel

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The name says it all: lift and brighten! A team of essential oils, plus fruit AHAs, help to soothe skin, reducing the look of any pesty wrinkles. ($63; decleorusa.com)

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