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The best exfoliating peel pads for clearer, brighter skin

The word exfoliation is often met with winces and pained expressions.

Many are fraught with worries of over-exfoliation, especially since scrubs in the market that contain harsh microbeads or crystals tend to propel the myth that we must exfoliate daily.

Yet, the truth of the matter is — you don’t. We need those exfoliators to remove dead cells and build new collagen, but your skin needs time to regenerate.

If you’re just getting into exfoliants, the latest product that has been making its rounds around town is exfoliating peel pads. These foolproof pads are the quickest, easiest, and most importantly, the most painless way to get smoother, brighter-looking skin, especially if you’re not up for heading to a facial treatment just yet.

While pads all look like flat round discs soaked in formula, not all of them are the same. You’ll need one that’s not only packed with acids to deep-clean your clogged pores and lift away dead skin cells, but also one that comes with a good mix of soothing and hydrating ingredients for an irritation-free experience. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best exfoliating peel pads that’ll pave your way to brighter, clearer skin, one swipe at a time.

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The Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads have a cult following, and rightfully so. Each of the 30 pieces incorporate both physical and chemical exfoliation that has left boundless of users to reap the benefits of fresh, glowing skin infused with tons of antioxidant goodness. The exfoliating pads come in three different options: green tea for anti-acne properties, wine for anti-ageing effects and lemon for more radiant skin.

To maximise its results, use the gauze side to swipe away your clogged pores and blackheads, then flip to the softer side to remove any leftover debris and the dead skin cells that you have just exfoliated. Make sure to rinse your face after with lukewarm water to remove any excess product residue.

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Aprilskin’s Real Calendula masks are insanely popular, and now they’ve used the same formula to create the Real Calendula Peeling Pad for a thorough skincare routine. These dual-textured pads comes with 79 percent real whole Calendula flowers and gentle PHA and LHA exfoliants that aim to swipe away leftover residue on your skin while giving you a massive hydration boost.

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Eve Lom’s award-winning balm has proven time and time again to be one of the best in the market, and now they’ve released a new product that looks like its about to be life-changing as well.

The Eve Lom Rescue Peel Pads make use of formula made with ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid and Niacinamide that work together to gently exfoliate the skin’s surface and leave your skin looking brighter and smoother.

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Korean brand Some By Mi has a clear goal for it’s skincare line: reducing blemishes on your skin. The Truecica Clear Pad uses an optimal combination of AHA, BHA and PHA that helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, sebum and impurities, piled on the skin layers. Those with sensitive skin don’t have to fret, each of these gentle pads contain Houttuynia Cordata extract, an ingredient that will help to soothe sensitive skin.

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Many new Korean beauty brands are taking over the market these days, but is you’re looking for one that has been consistently getting raved reviews, that’ll have to be Medicube. The brand strives to create skincare products that resolve common concerns such as acne and clogged pores, and if there’s anything the countless of testimonies have proven, is that they’ve done their job pretty well.

The Medicube Zero Pore Pad is clinically approved to help with pore tightening and removing dead skin cells, sebum, and skin waste for smooth skin. How do they achieve it, you ask? The winning formula is a combination natural AHA, BHA and various botanical extracts like lemon, centella asiatica and willow bark.

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Jocelyn Tan
Senior Writer
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.