This Popular At-Home Peel Is a Complete Facial in a Jar

Alpyn Beauty Polishing Peel

Face masks have always been a part of my skincare routine, but peels have entered the chat in 2020.

With maskne, hyperpigmentation from said maskne, and dullness from barely seeing daylight while quarantining, I've started using potent, but gentle, at-home peels once a week as extra reinforcement for my major skin concerns.

My go-to at-home peels are formulated with chemical exfoliants like AHA, because when used properly, I get results without my sensitive-leaning combination skin looking like a freshly-picked tomato.

However, social distancing for the past seven months has given me the urge to do something wild (in the safety of my apartment). So, I added Alpyn Beauty's Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel, a brightening treatment that's formulated with both chemical and physical exfoliants, to my routine.

My skin is super delicate, like that lace bra that shredded when I put it in the washer, or the anthurium on my windowsill that got sunburned leaves. So, any skincare product that manually exfoliates, like scrubs, never touches the skin above my neck. But when I jumped on a Zoom call with Alpyn founder Kendra Kolb Butler to discuss this new launch, she reassured me that I wouldn't experience irritation when I voiced my concerns. And I'm glad I took her word for it.

While the product does have "peel" in its name, it's more of an all-in-one facial. It contains vitamin C-rich huckleberry harvested on Butler's farm in Jackson Hole, eight naturally-derived acids, including citric, malic, tartaric, glycolic, azelaic, ferulic, lactic, and salicylic, plus bamboo powder and blueberry seeds to gently buff dead skin cells away. In just five minutes, it promises to leave skin more clear and glowy.

Alpyn Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel

To buy: $56; credobeauty.com.

Upon receiving a sample in the mail, I tried it on clean skin before my nighttime skincare routine. The whipped texture and light pink color made me feel like I was spreading one of the sweet cream cheese options at my favorite neighborhood bagel place all over my face — and since I've gone dairy-free, I was into it.

I rinsed the peel off in the shower and emerged with the glowiest, smoothest skin I've had in awhile. My skin was less inflamed from the mask-induced breakout on my jawline and less dull, but still hydrated enough that my skin didn't need to be slathered with heavy-duty moisturizer ASAP.

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After two more nights of using the peel, I noticed a significant improvement in my acne.

As it turns out, I'm not the only one who's excited about this new addition of Alpyn's line. The polishing peel is so good that it sold out within two hours of launching on the brand's website.

Luckily, if you want to experience the hype yourself, you can still pick up at jar at credobeauty.com.

Good to Go used to be the column where we'd share the beauty products we can't travel without. But while travel's off the table, we'll be focusing on products that make us feel good in quarantine. This month, why Alpyn Beauty Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel resets my skin when I'm dealing with quarantine skin struggles.

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