BIRCHBOX

A must-have product from the Draper James / Birchbox collaboration.

When Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James / Birchbox collab arrived on my doorstep last month, I hoped it would be full of goodies and maybe even some of the beloved Southern star's secrets. Does Reese use these? Will these products help me be as witty and ageless and talented and cheery? I don’t know yet. Only time will tell. BUT the box did introduce me to my new favorite product, and my skin is at least more even for it.

I had not heard of the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel that was included and was excited for a scrub alternative (the one I’ve been half-heartedly keeping in rotation just isn’t cutting it anymore). I first tried the peel at night in case things went awry and my face took a reptilian turn, but as it turns out, the results are actually just instant radiance. I almost hated to go straight to bed. (Instant gratification is not enough, I also need validation.) Now I love to use it on weekends when I’m not necessarily following up with a layer of makeup but am instead looking for more of a sunny, fresh, woke-up-like this look. (Though they do recommend using it at night for max pampering.)

The peel achieves such a quick, healthy glow thanks to its super-smart chemistry-minded approach. Instead of using harsh abrasion or acids to remove dead cells, Real Chemistry uses protein-binding ingredients to grab and slough away glow-hindering gunk. They break it down: “Protein peels are different. The ingredients are engineered to bind with proteins (dead cells), and nothing else. After using the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute Peel, the skin is soft velvety, and supple, not irritated or inflamed.”

It helps with everything from dull, dry, or oily skin to hyperpigmentation and acne. Conveniently, Real Chemistry’s insanely-informative website breaks down how to use it and how often based on different skin conditions here. I’m using this about once to twice a week (holding myself back from abusing it at this point) and am already ordering more.