Those of you who have been seriously following along with skincare trends in the last few years know that physical exfoliation is out, and chemical exfoliation is in. Don’t be scared of the C word, which is just referring to gentle acids that help loosen your dead skin.
Chemical exfoliants are actually a far better option for your skin than the physical kind, which often cause more damage in the long run. These liquid exfoliants are comprised of AHAs or alpha-hydroxy acids, like glycolic or lactic acids, or BHAs – beta-hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid.
AHAs are good for all sorts of surface concerns such as hyperpigmentation while BHAs can penetrate deep into the pores, helping to clear out congestion that may cause acne. Ready to follow the experts’ advice and get the glow? Here are a few of the best products:
Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi is a favorite among the skincare community. Their glow tonic is a 5% concentration of glycolic acid mixed with aloe vera and ginseng. The combination of soothing ingredients plus the diluted acid makes this a gentle option for those with sensitive skin.
Cosrx Blackhead Power Liquid
This is the only BHA on our list, but it’s certainly a good one. Produced by Korean skincare company, their salicylic acid based Blackhead Power Liquid will clean out your pores quickly, but gently. The BHA will help clear up blemishes that are already present while also helping to prevent new ones from forming.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary may just be the most talked about skincare company of the last year. Under the parent company Deciem, The Ordinary has put out some incredible products at rock bottom prices. Their 7% Toning Solution is strong enough to effectively exfoliate the skin, while a mixture of pepperberry extract, aloe, and ginseng, help to soothe those with more sensitive complexions.