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top 6 Oscar-worthy facial exfoliators.

With lockdown forcing us to reflect on what we want in life and what needs improvement, our skincare game has been one most people have begun to delve deeper into with the percentage that use face wash "rising to 55% in the year to May 2020, compared to 50% in the previous 12 months.”

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New products are constantly being brought to the market, changing the game completely. We certainly feel sorry for these companies having to continuously outthink the previous holy grail items that are sweeping the skincare market but my gosh do we thank them!


When it comes to exfoliating, it is recommended to do it 2-3 times per week, we only have one face so we may as well treat it right and choose the right products to nurture it with. A lot of people tend to over exfoliate, which can lead to breakouts and damaging your skin even further,


Here are our top 6 holy grail exfoliators that we know work a treat.


6. Typology Mattifying Serum 10% Azelaic Acid (£11.80)

Azelaic acid is great at minimising hyperpigmentation or redness that you may suffer from. Not only does it soothe, it also acts as an exfoliant. Doctors “strongly recommend" azelaic acid for hair bumps, pimples and overall evening of skin tone if you have dark patches on your skin.” We know a good product when we see it!


5. Q + A Apple AHA (£8.50)

Malic acid will become your new best friend. This product has lactic acid and apple fruit extracts which is perfect when your skin is needing some TLC. This gentle exfoliant will smooth textured skin without stripping it of its moisture. The Q + A line is suitable for vegans and has a gorgeous price of £8.50.


4. Dermalogica Microfoliant (£14-£55)

Want to be in control of your skincare? Adding more or less water to create your desired consistency, this gorgeous exfoliator is rice-based that mircrofoliates dull and tired skin. Mixed with salicylic acid and liquorice this product will make you feel red carpet ready in a matter of days. If Cate Blanchett approves then so do we!


3. The Ordinary BHA Peeling Solution (£6.30)

This weekly mask soothes pigmented skin and banishes any texture it comes across. It fights congested pores and visible blemishes to leave you glowing with a youthful complexion.


2. Mandelibright Serum S7 (£18.99)

Looking for something that will remove all of the dirt from your face whilst being gentle? Look no further. Mandelic acid, as an ingredient itself, does wonders for almost any skin concern you may have including acne, textured skin and fine lines. This product will look after your skin, thanks to the niacinamide and is perfect for all skin types.


1,,Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (£10-£28)

Time to throw away that apricot facial scrub and say hello to your new favourite liquid exfoliator. Paula’s Choice BHA exfoliant is packed full of salicylic acid, it’ll help refine bumpy textures and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Not only does is smooth our skins complexion, it unclogs pores, brightens as well as tones the skin.


You may be wondering, what’s wrong with my textured face scrub? Some scrubs with bits in can be a great way to physically remove any build up or excess oils on the skin in a quicker way than a chemical exfoliant would be. They are however a major no no if you tend to have anything but really oily skin. They can be very invasive and damage skin cells, causing you to break out as well as cause micro tears, weakening our skins barrier over time. If the product has anything with fruit pits, rocks or ground up shells in its ingredients list then be wary of using it regularly.


Remember, don’t forget your sunscreen after exfoliating!


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