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Why using the best exfoliator for your skin type could knock years off in minutes
We’re talking facial exfoliators – get these right and you could totally reboot your skin.
Trust Liz Earle to take a caring touch with your skin, this Gentle Face Exfoliator contains natural jojoba beads, sweet almond oil and eucalyptus, so soothes and softens skin as you buff. If you're a fan of Cleanse & Polish (who isn't?) this has a similar creamy kindness, smells so delicious and won't disappoint.
First things first - Refining Facial Polisher is not exactly cheap - but it packs so many benefits in to one product the price is justifiable. As well as natural pumice to slough off dead skin, this has a touch of fruit acid for deeper exfoliation, then turns into an algae-infused mud mask when you massage it in, drawing out deep impurities for soft, smooth, luminous skin in two minutes flat.
Givenchy One-Minute Glow Powder does exactly what it says on the (rather chic bathroom shelf-friendly) bottle. Shake a little into your palms, add a few drops of water, massage over your face and rinse. Skin is instantly and noticeably brightened, smooth and prepped for any serums and creams you want to follow up with.
A bit of a shapeshifter this - Transforming Powder starts life as a lightly granular scrub then on contact with water turns into a foamy cleansing paste, enhanced with enzymes to clear out clogged pores. This is great for oily or breakout-prone skin as it feels like a properly thorough cleanse without being harsh or irritating - skin is soft, smooth and just a tiny bit tingly.
Liquid Gold has reached iconic status amongst AHA afficionados, and still justifies the hype 15 years after it's launch. Drop onto a cotton pad and sweep over cleansed skin a few times a week, follow with your normal skincare and remember SPF during the day. It should tingle (but not nip) and your skin will instantly feel smoother then start seriously glowing within a fortnight.
The word peel is inherently scary, but the results of Neostrata Smooth Surface couldn't be less so. Pour the AHA liquid onto the pads, swipe one across your face each evening and watch as your complexion becomes not only brighter, but more evenly toned with faded pigmentation. This is a serious cosmeceutical product packed with big, serious ingredients - if your skin is sensitive, start only once or twice a week and build up.
Paula's Choice is a great brand for well-priced, results driven skincare and this Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid is a fine example of just that. It makes a perfect exfoliator if your complexion is on the oily side as salicylic acid gets right down into clogged pores and clears them out. It's fragrance-free so won't irritate your skin, and comes in a 1% or 2% formula so you can choose the strength that's right for you - as with AHAs, start sparingly to begin with then build up.
So many women suffer with acne and localised breakouts, and there really aren't enough products out there to help - but Origins Spot Remover is a goody. Super quick and simple to use, these pads are doused in salicylic acid and natural clove and oregano extracts to exfoliate away all that excess oil from the inside. They're gentle enough to use every day, you get a generous 60 pads per pack and they're great for body breakouts on chest, back or shoulders too.