This product transformed the appearance of my skin (see my before & afters!). It’s also safe for pregnancy and has similar effects as retinol.
Ever since I switched to Beautycounter skincare products, my skin has been in pretty great shape. Like any skincare routine, it took a few weeks to notice a difference but over time (and especially after months and years), my skin definitely improved with a consistent skincare regimen.
But there is one product that I noticed had an immediate difference when I started using it: Beautycounter’s Overnight Resurfacing Peel. The first time I used it, I could tell my skin was softer, brighter and smoother. While I do have mascara on in the below photo, my skin is completely makeup free. I had just washed it and applied my moisturizer for these photos. (I was just too lazy to take off my mascara. Gotta be honest.) You can see more before and after photos below!
First, let’s talk about what a resurfacing peel actually does. While it sounds like it may be a product that you “peel off” your skin, that’s not actually the case. A resurfacing peel has active ingredients in it that help your skin cells turnover, which results in brighter, tighter skin. The peels like this are are referred to as “chemical exfoliators” because they penetrate the top layer of skin (epidermis) and encourage new collagen growth in the inner layers of skin (dermis) to reduce wrinkles and promote elastic, healthy skin. (source)
You’ll want to use the peel only at night.
Here’s what I’ve noticed about my skin since adding the peel in:
I even think my skin looks just as good without makeup now as it does wearing makeup. That alone is pretty amazing considering I had horrible breakouts for years.
Here’s a photo before I started using the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel (without foundation, post-workout, no filter added). I mean, it looks fine, right? This was a few years before I started taking my skincare seriously.
And here’s a photo (right after washing my face and moisturizing), again without any foundation or concealer, after using the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel consistently. I particularly notice the acne scars around my lips and on my chin are gone and the sun spots on my nose have lightened.
The Overnight Peel will give you quick results vs. some of the other Beautycounter products that take more time to notice a visible change.
Lactic, Glycolic, and Malic Acid – Promote cell turnover and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Hyaluronic Acid – Helps keep skin hydrated and smooth.
Essential Fatty Acids – Sooth and nurousih the skin (great paired with the acids that promote cell turnover).
Phytic Acid – Aldo promotes cell turnover and exfoliation
Salycylic Acid – This acid helps reduce breakouts!
Most acids used in skin care are either alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). They are effective in improving the appearance of the skin by breaking down dead skin cells on the surface of skin, like a chemical peel. The Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel uses a combination of acids, some that resurface skin, and others that soothe, hydrate, and protect skin. So, it’s an AHA BHA Peel.
It contains 15 botanically derived acids to gently reveal a brighter complexion without causing irritation. These are the star acids that help resurface skin.
It also contains malic acid, phytic acid, and ascorbic acid to help gently resurface. Rather than hyaluronic acid, it contains sodium hyaluronate. Why do they use that instead? The molecule size! Sodium hyaluronate has a much smaller molecular size so it can more easily penetrate skin. This is a really helpful article about the difference between hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate, if you’re interested!
To help soothe and moisturize skin, it contains arginine, linoleic and fatty acids such as linolenic acids, and oleic acids.
In short, yes. It goes without saying because it’s a Beautycounter product, but this peel is a MUCH safer option than most anti-aging serums and peels on the market, including retinol or Retin-A. Beautycounter tests all of their products with safety in mind, especially for those who might be extra vulnerable, like pregnant women and babies. Of course, check with your doctor since every pregnancy is different, but Retinol is on their Never List for a reason. And the Beautycounter Overnight Peel does not contain retinol. (Your OBGYN will tell you to not use Retinol or Retin-A during pregnancy!) My pregnancy skincare routine didn’t change from my usual routine. I personally found this peel more effective than retinol and without any of the negative side effects like peeling skin, redness, etc.
The Overnight Resurfacing Peel is also formulated without synthetic fragrances, PEGs, or formaldehyde-based preservatives that are often be found in other peels. Many peels use high levels of one or two resurfacing acids which may cause irritation. Since this peel uses a combination of resurfacing acids and soothing acids, it improves cell turnover to improve skin texture while still being gentle on the skin. Basically, you don’t have to trade off to get the benefits you want!
The Overnight Resurfacing Peel is effective on its own, but it works even better when paired with other skincare products. I’ve found that when I use a resurfacing product like the Peel one night, my skin needs to be nourished and hydrated (I call this recovery), the next day. I rotate my resurfacing products with hydrating, soothing products like a face oil, and my skin has never looked better.
Once a week, I use Beautycounter’s AHA Face Mask for deep exfoliation and smoothing. It’s a super strong product, which is why I only use it once a week.
I also use peel pads once a week. I switch between iS Clinical Peel pads (more aggressive – review here) and the Colleen Rothschild peel pads, which are better for sensitive skin.
On the nights where I’m letting my skin recover, I use the Colleen Rothschild Retinol Supreme Night Oil. This contains vitamin C, so it’s a total powerhouse. It helps improve skin texture and cell turnover, while also brightening dark spots. And it’s much better for sensitive skin than a typical retinol since this is in oil form. This is the first retinol I’ve actually liked!
The Overnight Peel is a MUST HAVE in my skincare routine and it’s a great addition to any skincare routine and it pairs beautifully with the All Bright C Serum in the morning!
Since I first published this post, Beautycounter has updated the packaging of the Overnight Peel. The formula is the exact same, so all of my thought still ring true. The photos below are the older packaging, but the photos above are the new look.
If you’ve tried the Beautycounter overnight resurfacing peel, I’d love to hear what you think! And if you don’t have a skincare routine you love, fill out this quick questionnaire and I’ll help you!
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26 responses to “Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel: the product that made my dull skin glow”
I’m definitely interested. Does this take the place of an exfoliant?
There are different types of exfoliation – acid (like this one) and physical (like cleansers with little beads). I like to have both since it can be helpful to physically slough off dead skin (and they feel good!), but if you’re looking for visible results, I think you’ll see more results with this than a typical physical exfoliator!
Can you use this while nursing?
Yes, all Beautycounter products are safe/designed with pregnant and nursing moms in mind. But, check with your doctor since everyone is different!
Do you think it would help with lines on my neck? I’m turning 40 next year and since I’m so fair, I’ve worn tinted sunscreen on my face forever. However, I’ve neglected my neck and have weird lines that I would love to decrease. ?
Yes, the peel will help with that! I’d also suggest using products from the Rejuvenating line, which helps with firming and other signs of aging.
Yes to everything you said, but I also love how it gets rid of those pesky little pimples! You know, the ones that are on their way out, but seem to be lingering longer. I apply the peel, and NO JOKE, they are gone the next morning. #byefelicia
I AGREE!!! Between that and the SOS spot treatment, brewing pimples are gone within a day!!!
Thank you for the review! Can I use the SOS and peel on the same night?
Yep!! As long as you’re not using the SOS all over. If it’s just on a few spots, that’s fine!
This is the only product that has made a significant improvement in the size of my pores. I’ve even gone to a dermatologist that said pore size was genetic and there’s not much you can do – but the peel has been a game changer!
Wow, that’s incredible to hear!!! And that makes me so happy it helped you!! <3
Two questions , can I put it on delicate eye area? And can I use a vit c serem as my moisturizer?
The peel isn’t designed to be used around the eye area. You’d want to use an eye cream instead. And a serum doesn’t replace a moisturizer, so you’d follow with a moisturizer! A solid routine has these steps: cleanse, tone/prep, treat, protect. The serum is a treat step and a moisturizer is the protect step!
You can see my routine here!
Can I still use my retin-a with this peel?
No, I wouldn’t use both of them together!
Oh my, your skin looks absolutely amazing without makeup! It is glowing. I need to read more about this brand, it seems really interesting.
Aw thank you so much! Beautycounter’s skin care really transformed my skin!!
I just got some of this and I’m confused as to if I’m suppose to wash this off the next morning or not???
I suffer from rosacea a bit on my cheeks and I’ve been using this for about a week now and it’s starting to make my skin breakout a bit. Did this happen with anyone else?? I’m already super careful about what I add into my skincare routine because of worrying about the effects that new products may have on me!
Breakouts for the first week or two with a new product is normal. But, if it seems to be getting progressively worse and/or doesn’t resolve after a week or two, it might not be the right product for you. I’d also ease into use with this product particularly. Start by using it just once a week and gradually increase use to 2-4x a week over the course of a month or so! Definitely don’t use it every day if you’re prone to rosacea! Make sure you use a moisturizer afterwards also, once it completely dries.
Your skin looks great! I’ve been looking but have not been able to find the AHA and BHA concentration levels, Do you know by chance?
Thanks! They don’t share exact levels since it’s proprietary information but they do share that the AHA is at or below 10% and BHA is at or below 1%. Hope that helps!
Hello dear do you prefer the overnight peel or the Beauty Counter reflect effect. I am 45 with uneven skin, combination, etc. I cannot afford both, if you had to choose between, which would you prefer 🙂 thank you, Heather
Hi! I would pick the peel simply because I don’t love doing masks! I find the peel more convenient to use and it can be used more often! The mask is available in a mini version right now so you could get it in a more affordable size if you wanted!