Published on October 24, 2018

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Illustration by Phuong Nguyen

When you hear the word ‘peel’ in relation to skincare, do you think of that iconic Sex & The City episode where Samantha Jones has a chemical peel and her skin turns bright red and is very, very burnt? Yikes, same, the fear is drilled deep into my brain. (That moment of her snapping on her clip-on earrings while looking in the mirror in pain is iconic.) That was until I tried one, at-home peel, and I’ve never looked back. While it’s not quite the same powerful results as any dermatologist-given peel, an at-home peel can dramatically boost skin in so many ways. The ‘one’ I speak of is Renée Rouleau’s Triple Berry Smoothing Peel, and it’s magical.

Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau created her iconic Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($88.50) to give incredible results, but to also be suitable for all skin types (we’ll get into how that’s possible below). Since its creation over eight years ago, it’s become one of Rouleau’s classic products and bestsellers. Such a bestseller, in fact, that it’s been sold out for over a month now. But pop the bubbly because this beauty is finally back in stock. (Run, don’t walk…)

The powerful blend of five natural, skin-smoothing fruits creates a master mix of AHAs, BHAs, and enzymes that can clear zits and clogged pores, reduce enlarged pores, fade old acne scars, stimulate cellular renewal, and majorly smooth surface texture. Not only is it made for selfies once smeared on, but it also looks and smells as if you are massaging raspberry jam on your face, and it kind of is exactly that. The first and most prominent ingredient in the mask is raspberry puree, along with blueberry, pomegranate, pineapple, and strawberry extracts—which make a lactic, salicylic, and tartaric mix of acids that give the mask its superpowered exfoliating, brightening, and smoothing skills.

“I have been administering skin peels since the start of my career as an esthetician, and I have seen the incredible results that they can deliver,” says Rouleau. She wanted to give her clients an at-home product they could use in between visits that could upkeep that gorgeous glow. But without the potentially severe ‘Samantha Jones post peel’ effects that can come with other options.

I know what you’re thinking, a peel that is wildly effective and fit for all skin types? How is that possible? The trick to this mask is the amount of time you leave it on for. Even those with easily irritated skin, like rosacea, can use this mask, just leave on for a shorter amount of time, ideally two to three minutes. For those that want more of the resurfacing powers, like acne-prone or hormonal acne skin, you can use it for upwards of five to 10 minutes. You’ll probably feel a slight tingle at the beginning, but not anywhere near the level that you’ll begin to worry about a Samantha Jones-esque burn. 

I’ve been swearing by the peel for over a year now. I try to use it weekly or every two weeks, whenever my skin is looking dry, dull, or zits are popping up. I put a light layer on, let it sit for 10 minutes, then massage off. I like the one-two punch of using the peel with the Domino-approved and beloved Rapid Response Detox Masque ($63.50). Or feel free to sub in any other hydrating or brightening mask. Think of this peel as a booster—it’ll increase the effectiveness of any mask that follows it. Another favorite to pair it with is the Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68). But you can even use the peel two consecutive nights in a row before a big event for a special boost in glowy-ness.

I realize that nearly $90 is a major investment for any skincare product. I will say that the gentle effectiveness of this mask is unmatched to any others I’ve tried before. It can seriously resurface my skin, meaning when it looks dry, patchy, or even blotchy, I put this on and it restores order back to my skin in a mere 10 minutes. The jar will last me about 5 to 6 months on average, too, as a little really will go a long way here. So much so that you’ll even notice when it’s time to wash it off, the mask really sticks to your face. I take the opportunity to really massage it off gently with cold water, letting the process take about 3 to 4 minutes.

But if you want to try another peel before you fully jump on board, I recommend trying out Peach & Lily Reboot Resurfacing Mask ($43) which is also a Domino favorite, a bestseller, and just came back in stock on their site. While the ingredients are quite different, the results can be fairly similar, but I think the P&L version is actually a little stronger in exfoliation, so be more cautious with application and frequency.


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