Part two of the scrub post series is all about chemical exfoliation-although it may sound terrifying to those not familiar with the term, it simply means exfoliating with skin-safe grade acids. The acids break down the lipid bonds on the surface layer of the skin which gives that glow we all yearn for…
These are available in a variety of forms…serums, masks, toners, pads ect. They contain a chemical compound designed to gently speed the natural exfoliation process of the skin, revealing a softer, brighter complexion *yes please*.
There are two main types of chemical exfoliators:
AHAs and BHAs…
AHAs are used in products that aim to improve texture and tone as well as deliver anti-aging results as they have exfoliating properties. Two common AHAs used are glycolic acid and lactic acid.
Glycolic acid is a very small molecule which means it can really get down deep into your skins layers and increase collagen production (aka-younger looking skin woot woot!)
Lactic acid is great for sensitive skin as well as those combatting discouloration and/or age spots.
BHAs are salicylic acids-you’ll find these in acne products as they help combat oil and have a disinfecting property to them.
The products I’ll share with you here are all forms of AHAs-I’m 36 and focus on anti-aging as well as texture and brightness when it comes to my skin care choices.
Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic is a 5% Glycolic acid toner that is gentle enough for daily use-this will over time give you a radiant “glow” as the name suggests and improve texture to boot. I’ve gone through bottles of this magic potion-available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and Target in the US.
This is a fairly new product for me and I’ve quickly fallen in love- I apply this after the Pixi Tonic and before any of my serums-developed with quinoa husk extract, Kiehls Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is gentle enough to use daily. As well as the quinoa extract, it contains AHA which as we’ve learnt, helps with texture, fine lines and skins elasticity.
This little gem sat in my Sephora cart for a while…after a little homework and reading reviews of everyone proclaiming their love for it, it was mine.
This mask exfoliates with fruit enzymes-which is basically an AHA-combined with Blue Tansy-a beautiful essential oil that naturally fights bacteria, calms redness and adds moisture-this mask delivers big time.
Before jumping head first into the chemical exfoliating world-try a little patch test on your skin…a little sting is ok, burning is not. If you have extremely sensitive skin then look for a product formulated for everyday use such as the Kiehls serum or the Pixi Glow Tonic from this post-these will be a more gentle formula than a once per week treatment.
Within a week or two you’ll see such a difference in the brightness, clarity, texture and glow of your complexion!