I’ve said it for a while now, I’m just not a fan of the grain type exfoliators. Used wrongly they can cause more damage than good and can scratch the surface of the skin leaving it uneven and less than promisingly radiant.Thankfully there’s a kinder option, gentle acids and enzymes work hard to evenly remove dead skin cells and unclog pores meaning there’s less chance of breakouts.
3 Super Skin Smoothers
Forget grains and exfoliating beads, these are the future and what’s more they’re prefect for all skin types and a great choice for those with sensitive skin who find traditional exfoliators abrasive or over-stimulating. If you want a youthful glow, smoother skin or a clearer complexion these will have you covered, hand picked by yours truly!
SANCTUARY SPA Leave-On Exfoliating Cream £14 30ml
Using a blend of five botanical fruit AHAs which help to increase the turnover of surface skin cells, also containing peptides and a ceramide complex which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This can be used day or night and as you don’t remove it there’s no mess or skin irritation before you head out the door. It has a mild herbal scent and is the easiest off all 3 to use packaged in a compact tube. I prefer to use this at night under my moisturisers so I am getting a mini facial as I sleep, don’t be tempted to use a lot as a thin layer is suffice.
GINVERA Green Tea White Marvel Gel £22 60ml
This none abrasive exfoliator is a favourite blackhead treatment in Asia due its ingenious formula that gently unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells in a very evident way. You will be amazed and slightly grossed out after using this as you quite literally roll the impurities away! The gel looks fairly mild and has no scent so you can’t imagine it doing a lot but this has to be the most impressive in the instant results category, skin instantly feels smoother and I had less blocked pores in the T-zone. Not only does it work on battling the blemish causing baddies it also brightens and lightens skin (as Asian products do best) and provides a great base for the next step of skincare which is serums.
DERMALOGICA Daily Exfoliant £41.30 75g
Another grain-free product with yet another formula, this gentle exfoliant is a rice-based exfoliating powder which activates upon contact with water releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. This belongs with the BHA family and is a great choice if breakouts are your main concern, this one of all is more like an exfoliator but don’t have the same scratchy texture. I like to just add a small amount of water so that it is thicker and work it into a smooth paste. You feel instantly smoother after using this and very clean, although it is a daily product I use it only 2-3 times a week max and I alternate with my other re-surfacing products.