Treating your skin to a professional-strength peel can be like hitting the reset button on your complexion. You shed all the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of your skin over time and make it look dull, and start fresh with new, younger-looking skin underneath. Most peels you're familiar with use acids or fruit enzymes to loosen this dead skin layer, but there's another option that uses retinol, and although it's not new, it's recently become a much more popular request at dermatologist's offices and spas.
"Retinol peels use vitamin A as the exfoliating agent, although they are sometimes combined with other peeling agents depending on the client's skin type and individual needs," says Chicago dermatologist Carolyn Jacob, MD. Vitamin A gives skin the smooth, rejuvenated results you'd expect from other peels, but with even more anti-aging benefits.