Chemical peels, both at-home ones and professional ones, are the final bonus step to bright skin. “It’s very effective to peel away the dead surface cells since they store excess pigment and also make skin look duller and feel rougher,” Ciraldo explains. “Regular at-home micro-peels, especially with my fave, glycolic acid, help reveal brighter and smoother skin after just one use.”

Dr. Schultz makes a powerful glycolic-based peel kit ($98) that you can use at home. Board-certified dermatologist Roberta Del Campo of Del Campo Dermatology & Laser Institute also swears by Glowbiotics Probiotic Instant Resurfacing Pads ($49), which are formulated with brightening goodies like 5% lactic acid and a Kakadu plum extract boasting a rich form of vitamin C. “This is my absolute favorite brightening product on the market,” she says.

For something even more effective than an OTC peel, Del Campo recommends hitting up your dermatologist for a medical-grade one. “What sets medical-grade peels apart from at-home treatments is that the in-office peels target specific skin conditions and are performed by professionals that can gauge the intensity of the treatments to give the best results,” she says. If you’re pressed for time (and on a budget), Dr. Schultz has a pop-up Peel Bar with locations in six different states where you can get a 40% concentration glycolic peel that costs $50 and takes just two minutes.


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