It’s no secret that exfoliation is one of my favourite steps in my skincare routine. It makes such a difference when my skin’s feeling lacklustre and ‘blah’ so I rely on them a lot to perk up my complexion, especially after a late night or periods of unhealthy eating. I always make sure to keep an exfoliating toner in my nightly routine but sometimes, I like to add a little extra touch, too. And somehow this year, I’ve accumulated a ton of options to reach for.
They come in all shapes, sizes and formulas. Today, I’m touching on powder exfoliators, peeling gels and two-minute masks that leave your skin looking fresh, glowy and smooth. Think of them as your at-home facial – quick, easy and effective.
I’ve been raving about this one all year but it’s seriously a game-changer. A quick scrub with this powder-turned-paste and my skin feels brand new. It’s become a bit of a routine that I reach for this every Monday morning to revive my complexion and get it on the right track for the rest of the week. It gets rid of texture and also does a great job of calming down angry skin, if you can feel a breakout coming up. I even decanted a little of this into a tube so I could bring it away with me. I prefer the Superfoliant over the Microfoliant, personally, but really there’s not too much of a difference.
I was excited to see out of my favourite natural skincare brands jumping on the powder exfoliator concept. It works in a similar way to the others mentioned, dissolving dead skin cells with plant-derived enzymes. I find that this tends to be a little thicker so I add plenty of water when mixing it into a paste to stop it being a little too dry. Otherwise, it can drag a little on the skin and be quite difficult to wash off the hands. It does an excellent job, I find, calming down the skin and leaving it smoother, so this is yet another hit for me. The results are quite as intense as with the Dermalogica option but for those of you with more sensitive skin or love your natural skincare, this is a much better option.
Another option that’s been getting plenty of use, and actually one of the cheaper options on the list. You rub this gel onto the skin in circular motions and straight away, the dead skin lifts away. It leaves behind glowy, healthy looking skin but what I like most about this is that it also leaves the skin feeling nice and hydrated. Other options I’ve tried in the past have been a little drying. This is my boyfriend’s favourite of the bunch, too, because you can really feel the results, as the dead skin balls up before being washed away. Not an attractive image but anyone who’s tried these kinds of peeling gels will tell you how satisfying it is.
The combination of manual exfoliation and AHAs in this one is definitely a hit. You scrub it into the skin, give it a couple of minutes to work it’s magic and then wash it off. And, in case you can’t already see the pattern, it leaves behind softer, calmer, smoother skin. You do have to be quite thorough with washing it off, however, or you’ll still feel tiny granules on the skin when applying your moisturiser afterwards. An easy fix, however. My pick of the bunch for those of you that might be new to the chemical exfoliation thing because it’s subtle, won’t aggravate the skin but still gets the job done beautifully.
Even before trying this product, I was confident that Pixi knew what they were doing. Another classic two-minute mask. It has very fine grains in it that provide physical exfoliation, paired with the obvious benefits of the enzymes and lactic acid. They also suggest scrubbing in circular motions when applying but I found that a little too harsh, personally. It initially left my skin a tiny bit red but it subsided quickly, making way for incredibly smooth, glowy skin. I also found it really smoothed out my pores. It’s not for the faint-hearted but definitely one of the more effective ones I’ve tried. If you have previous experience with chemical exfoliators, check this one out. I’ve only had this for a little while but I think it might just become a favourite. It’s worth noting, too, that the peachy packaging is super dreamy.
New to chemical exfoliation? Try out Natura Siberica’s offering. If you’re a chemical exfoliator junkie like me, the Dermalogica Superfoliant and Pixi Peel & Polish are well worth the splurge. If you’re looking for the perfect all-rounder and love being able to feel when your skincare is working – definitely check out the cheapest offering, the Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel. I’ve also tried and loved the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial in the past, so that’s another one to check out if you like your quick and easy masks.
Do you have a favourite exfoliating treatment?
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