Exfoliating is something that really takes a prime position in my skin care routine. The results of exfoliating can hold huge benefits and really improve the appearance and condition of the skin. It can help with blemishes by unclogging pores, refine the skins texture, improve pigmentation and deliver the healthy radiant glow will all strive to achieve. But which exfoliator is best for you?
'The Lazy Girls Exfoliator'
If your skincare routine is nothing but a chore, and the thought of adding another step is too much to bare then this is your guy. Not only is it excellent at brightening the skin and delivering radiance and more even texture, but it's worn overnight with no other products. So skip the moisturiser and serums, and just pop this on with a cotton pad and you're good to go. Alpha H Liquid Gold is Glycolic based and helps break down dead skin cells while you sleep, and then washes them away in the morning cleanse. Known as the "overnight facial" to delivers results without all the faff.
'The Newbie/Sensitive Skin'
If you're new to chemical exfoliating or have sensitive skin you might want to start with something gentle and non abrasive. The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are not only handy with their pre-soaked pads, but are gentle enough to use everyday and for those with sensitive skin. Using fruit and chemical acids to gently remove dead skin cells and brighten up the complexion without the risk of irritation. These are a great way to step into chemical exfoliants.
'The Exfoliating Mask'
The Avène Cleanance Mask* is great for problematic skin as it's a mask and exfoliator in one. The Kaolin (White clay) helps draw out impurities and regulate oil production, and the AHA's then help lift away dead dull skin to reveal a more radiant complexion. The mask also contains micro particles that buff and polish the skin, removing dry patches and textured areas so the skin looks and feels smooth. Revealing a more even texture that is less congested.
'The Double Whammy Exfoliator'
When most of you think of exfoliators I bet St Ives Apricot Scrub comes to mind. The iconic scrub has been around for years and many enjoy the feeling of actually buffing away dead skin. I personally think it's a little too abrasive and prefer chemical exfoliation. But sometimes when I have dry patches it's nice to use a product that will lift the dead skin away immediately. This cleanser from Murad* combines AHA and BHA exfoliators (Salicylic, Lactic, Glycolic acids) with Jojoba beads to remove dead skin and dissolve away dullness while still delivering hydration. The concoction of acids improves cell turnover by dissolving dead skin resulting in a brighter more radiant complexion.
'The Cult Product'
I'm sure if you've been reading blogs for a while the Pixi Glow Tonic would have made an appearance at one time or another. It's a cult product and for good reason. The "toner" breaks down dead skin cells much like the other exfoliators do - leaving the skin feeling refreshed and more refined. It smooths out texture making the skin more even and creates the perfect canvas for applying serums and moisturisers to.
This is a step up the First Aid Beauty pads - being a little stronger and delivering faster results.
Which exfoliators do you like using?
*Pr Samples. All thoughts are of course my own.