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Eliza's Non-Aggressive Facial Peel

Ten minutes to better skin. For real, though.
Green Apple Peel Pregnancy, $39, available at Juice Beauty.

Green Apple Peel Pregnancy, $39, available at Juice Beauty.

It could be mere coincidence, but it seems like every time I use a facial scrub, I break out the next day. So I was deep in a chemical exfoliant research pit when I met Karen Behnke, the founder of Juice Beauty, an organic skincare brand that counts Gwyneth Paltrow as an investor and is preparing to release a collaboration with the actress and beautiful health nut. She introduced me to her Green Apple Peel, which in turn introduced me to an exfoliation experience that is at long last not riddled with dermatological hiccups.

The peel comes out of the tube as a brown gel, which you smear on your freshly washed face and let sit for about 10 minutes, during which you can do some tricep dips while the alpha hydroxy acids do their thing. You might feel a little flushed or irritated. That is okay. (I mean, it might not be okay, so test it out on a patch of skin first to see if you're one of the few who has a bad reaction to it.) Wash it off, put on your night cream, sleep for eight hours like a darling baby angel and wake up with wonderfully smooth skin. Washing your face the next morning will be fun.

I've been using the pregnancy version of the peel, which is formulated without Vitamin A. I'm not planning on getting pregnant any time soon, but I figure whatever's good for a gestating human is good for the rest of us. Though my tube was a press sample, I fully intend on repurchasing with my own money and reaping the benefits over and over again.

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Green Apple Peel Pregnancy, $39, available at Juice Beauty.

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