It’s 2018. New year, new resolutions, new you — unless you’re not exactly feeling it. December was and is the month of celebration, so social gatherings and late night outings were definitely part of the deal. If you’ve been attending every single one of them, there’s a high possibility that your skin is need of a reboot.

Dull complexions are usually a sign of dehydrated skin. Lack of sleep and being in a smoky environment affects your skin’s condition too. Start with getting enough rest and water, then followed by an intensive skincare routine. Between all the cleansing and scrubbing, gentle chemical peels work wonders on the skin in terms of brightening while also helping to address acne and wrinkles.

Even if the word ‘peel’ sounds terrifying to be used on the skin — don’t be afraid of it. Its concept is relatively simple: to slough off dead skin cells. Like how a physical exfoliator works, these peels exfoliate chemically so you won’t be able to see the process.

Ingredients such as alpha hydroxy (AHA), glycolic, lactic, and fruit enzymes like pumpkin and papaya are suitable for all skin types. Here, we’ve picked 5 of these gentle chemical peels that is suitable for all skin types. Time to start peeling for 2018.

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Kiehl's Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate

Quinoa is more than just a protein-rich grain for the gym-bound. This delicate ingredient has powerful exfoliating properties yet gentle enough to be used on a nightly basis. It works overtime at night while you sleep by helping to accelerate your skin’s cell turnover process to release dull surface skin.

Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, RM295

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Mary Kay's TimeWise Repair Revealing Radiance Facial Peel

With the presence of glycolic acid in the formula, the skin’s own natural renewal process is enhanced — revealing younger-looking and glowing skin. Also, the additional ingredients of calming botanical extracts helps calm the skin after the peeling process, including marine extract, said to provide hydration for dry skin.

Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Revealing Radiance Facial Peel, RM310

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Pixi's Peel & Polish

This spa-grade peel treatment uses natural fruit enzymes to loosen dead skin cells and lactic acid to gently exfoliate your skin. The addition of cellulose peels and sugar extracts also polishes and lift away dullness to reveal brighter looking skin.

Pixi Peel & Polish, RM135

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June Jacobs' Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque

Pumpkins are a great source of essential fatty acids, vitamins A and C, zinc, and a mineral that aids in the healing process — a great ingredient for stimulating cellular turnover. The enzyme also digests dead surface cells and improves the skin’s tone and texture.

June Jacobs’ Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque, RM341

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Caudalie's Glycolic Peel Mask

This peel mask comes in handy if you’re in a hurry. It’s a peel treatment that tightens pores, reduces oil, renews skin texture, and provides a burst of radiance to your complexion under 10 minutes. It contains a non-irritatating formula that also lightens dark spots too.

Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask, RM135

Jolin Lee
Senior Writer
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.