Right after posting about my favorite cleansers I received several emails asking about exfoliants. So here we go.
I am very passionate about exfoliation. It is a must for my lazy skin or else blocked pores and breakouts will start manifesting in a blink of an eye.
Now I don’t like to use scrub. The rough grainy particles feel damaging to my skin, and I believe they give broken capillaries. Then if you have oily skin, all that stimulation only encourages more oil production. Scrubs are my skincare No no.
What I do use is lactic acid. I talked about it in my previous post and I can’t say enough about it. It is my favorite skin care ingredients. I can honestly say it has changed my skin.
Dermalogica Gentle Creme Exfoliant
I first discovered Gentle Creme Exfoliant ($36) while going to beauty school, I’ve used it ever since a couple of times a week.
You put it on like a face mask, wait 10 to 15m then rinse off with lukewarm water. What the lactic acid does is dissolved all the dead skin. So while you wearing the mask, without any scrubbing or rubbing, it eats away all the dead cells, and also stimulates collagen. The result is a much fresher, brighter complexion. It pretty much suits all skin types and I couldn’t live without it.
Dermalogica Multivitamin thermafoliant
Another favorite of mine. Multivitamin Thermafoliant ($49) has microgranules that feel like sand on the face and warms up upon skin contact. These granules along with the lactic acid will refine skin texture and enhance penetration of age-fighting vitamins into skin. It’s not a scrub more like a skin polisher that gets the dull skin off without any irritation. Feels wonderful.
Contains all kinds of yummy skin care ingredients: Prickly Pear Extract to accelerate skin’s natural exfoliation process. White Tea to suppress the formation of collagen-degrading MMPs while Licorice and vitamins A, C and E brighten skin tone, provide antioxidant defense against damaging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) and help promote skin firmness. Works on all skin types.
Kinara Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum
I LOVE this. Kinara Hydrating Serum is so gentle and so hydrating, but yet it’s clearing out dead cells and impurities. It’s packed with anti aging puryfying ingredients. I put it on at night right after cleansing and before moisturizing. My skin always looks great when I wake up, fresh and clean.
Because of its price (1oz/$70) I use it Kinara Hydrating Serum sparingly, couple of times a week, plus I don’t want my skin to get used to it. Kinara serum does wonder during that time of the month, minimizing skin eruptions and helping breakouts heal faster. Containd Lactic and Glycolic acid. This serum is for oily skin. The scent is divine.
Skinceutical Gel Peel
Skinceuticals Gel Peel ($218) is a professional product with high concentration of Glycolic and Mandelic acid. Although it contains one of the strongest AHA it remains non irritant. This is considered a light chemical peel suited for problematic or oily skin.
Apply in a thin layer over cleansed face. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. It will dissolved sebum and cellular debris in pores, improves collagen synthesis and elastin fibers in the dermis, encourages cell renewal and improves the appearance of skin discolorations. I don’t use this during the summer month because of the strong South Florida sun.
Word of caution
When using exfoliants it is imperative to protect your skin from the sun. Use sunscreen EVERYDAY. And use bronzer instead of getting a tan. Your skin will thank you.
What’s your favorite way to exfoliate?