Exfoliation is an essential process in maintaining good skincare – but with such a variety of exfoliators on offer, which one should you use? From AHAs to BHAs, and a whole myriad in-between, confusion is an understatement. Not only that, get it wrong and your skin will NOT be pleased. To save you stress, time and wasted money, we have selected the very best chemical exfoliators to suit every skin type and age.
1.For Acne/Blemish-Prone Skin (Oily), Exfoliate with Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £9 (30ml), www.paulaschoice.co.uk
Those with acne or blemish-prone skin should look for products that contain salicylic acid. Not only does the little miracle worker effectively remove dead skin from outside and within pores, but it also comes with much-needed soothing properties and will thwart further breakouts.
We love this impressive exfoliator. Other ingredients include green tea extract (renowned for its antioxidant-rich composition) and methyl propanediol, which acts like a straw to suck in all other ingredients. You will love how hydrated your skin feels afterwards. The results truly are remarkable This exfoliant is suitable for combination/oily skin types.
2. Combination Skin Types Try: Caudalie Glycolic Peel, £18.62, www.amazon.co.uk
Combination skin types should veer towards a glycolic (plant-based) acid, as it can be applied to both dry and oily areas without issue. Caudalie’s Peel is incredibly gentle, yet unbelievably effective. Combining grape-sourced viniferine brimming with antioxidants, this peel repairs, renews and resurfaces to a happy-faced standard. You will love it!
3.For Dry Skin Exfoliate With Tatcha Rice Polish Foaming Enzyme Powder, £60, www.amazon.co.uk
People with dry skin should avoid alcohol-based products like the plague (or corona). Also, you need to look for ingredients that offer high moisturising properties (such as ceramides). Dry skin and mature skin types should only exfoliate once per week. We love Japanese brand Tatcha’s exfoliator. The rice bran and papaya extract boast an array of amino-acid soldiers that tackle exfoliation with ease. This is a gentle and natural process of buffing away dead skin cells, with incredible results. Your complexion will radiate healthy luminosity and a velvety touch.
4.Normal Skin Types Try: Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector, £19 (130ml), www.glossier.com
Those with normal skin types should aim to exfoliate a couple of times each week. We love Glossier’s Skin Perfector. This exfoliator contains 3 acid types (AHAs, BHAs and PHAs). The outstanding formula removes all dead skin cells, revealing a beautiful glowing and polished complexion. Awesome.
5.For Sensitive Skin Try: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Gentle Exfoliating Treatment, £38.50, www.katesomerville.co.uk
There’s a reason this is award-winning – it is OMG amazing. Including key components to revive sensitive skin that has fallen foul of dullness, this treatment is D-reamy. With ingredients such as vitamin A & E, honey, lactic acid, and natural oils, you can expect a total skin overhaul with mesmerising results.
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