It’s funny to think that sometimes I don’t have the energy to get off the couch, or to buy groceries, yet my face is constantly using said energy to produce unnecessary face skin. I’m serious! Left to its own devices, I reckon in a matter of weeks my face would fully flake over, rendering me perfectly preserved under a translucent layer of my own dermis.
Obviously, this is unacceptable and can’t happen, so exfoliation has always been a good friend of mine.
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While scrubs are still a guilty pleasure (nothing like a good sandblasting of your flakes to make your blood rush to the surface and adrenaline pulse through your veins) my main bae is a good acid. I know chemical exfoliation sounds like something best left to a professional in a white coat, but I promise most of you have already done it a bit. Ever used a face wash with salicylic acid in it? A retinol product? Guess what – you’ve chemically exfoliated. Good for you!
Acid exfoliation is basically a breaking down of all your cloggy, flakey, dead skin (so last year) to reveal your hot new skin underneath. It’s more effective than a manual scrub (despite the initial smooth feeling post-sandblast) and, provided you do it the right way, more gentle, as it doesn’t actively abrade your pretty face. It sounds tricky and possibly super expensive, due to the active sounding nature of the beast. Never fear – here are some options that are neither.
An old favourite of mine is the mysterious internet brand Makeup Artist’s Choice. Am I a makeup artist? No. Do I blindly assume that they would make a good choice? Most definitely. They have a whole bunch of acid items, but due to superstar ratings, I have only tried the mandelic range. And I love it – so much.
The Mandelic Acid Toner is an easy-to-incorporate skincare step, since you probably know how to use a toner already. In case you don’t, on a clean face at night, apply this all over with a cotton pad. Follow with whatever moisturisers or serums or magic goo you usually go for. Not only will the toner do the exfoliating job, but it will also make whatever you slap on top of it work better, because it has less dead skin to get through. Cool, huh?