Facials can cost a fortune, and most of us don’t have the appetite for medi-spas or cosmetic surgery. Luckily, a new at-home spa craze promises anti-aging benefits at a budget-friendly cost. DIY peels are gaining buzz for their ability to deliver major results without scary side effects. “Peels are no longer as harsh on the skin,” says Dennis Gross, M.D., a dermatologist based in New York. “They should be a part of everyone’s regimen.”

Peels provide both instant and long-term results. They help improve texture and tone and brighten skin while addressing a variety of concerns, from acne to wrinkles. Here’s what else you need to know.