Proper exfoliation is an all-important step in maintaining a smooth, plump and more luminous complexion. So, what better time than now to try up the ante on your at-home exfoliation routine?
Look for chemically exfoliating ingredients on the label, such as alpha or beta hydroxy acids (AHA or BHA). These are lactic acid from cow’s milk, glycolic acid from sugar cane or tartaric acid from grapes.
“As a key ingredient in professional homecare products targeting the signs of ageing, as well as concentrated professional treatments like chemical peels, AHA’s typically function as peeling agents that dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells to gently and safely exfoliate the skin,” says Education Curriculum Manager at Nimue Skin Technology, Heidi Cerfontyne.
“Compared to most exfoliating products that contain plastic microbeads and other abrasive materials that cause more harm than good, AHA’s remove just enough dead skin on their own without you having to vigorously rub the skin; keeping your skin healthy,” notes Heidi.
Try these top products for salon-grade exfoliation at home
Fight dullness and unclog pores
We know, an exfoliating acid solution doesn’t sound the least bit pleasant, but don’t worry, Glamglow Supertoner Exfoliating Acid Solution, R590 for 200ml, is not harmful at all. It’s one of the best ways to do a deep clean at home. You will get rid of any build-up and reveal a more radiant complexion.
The secret? A powerful and tingly blend of six acids; including lactic, salicylic, glycolic, mandelic, tartaric and pyruvic. Swipe on with a cotton round and you’re done!
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Reveal radiance, naturally
If you prefer a more traditional exfoliator with a gritty texture, then Ren Radiance Skincare Micro Polish Cleanser, R410 for 150ml, is a fab option to try. It contains two naturally-derived, exfoliating fruit enzymes from papaya and pineapple, plus free-radical-fighting amber powder to help physically exfoliate the skin’s surface.
For skin’s lacking moisture
Sk.in Avenge glyco-10, R757 for 30ml, provides gentle exfoliation with 10% glycolic acid while simultaneously working to repair the skin’s barrier function and moisture levels with 2% sodium hyaluronate.
Remember: Make sure to build up your skin’s tolerance by starting to use the product every second or third night.
Try something new
WBeauty Enzymatic Cleansing Powder, R130 for 200ml, holds the benefits of both a chemical and physical exfoliator in one. Thanks to its papaya, rice and salicylic acid-enriched formula, the product starts as a powder, then transforms into a paste. Just mix with water!
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Get salon-grade results
Neostrata Smooth Surface Daily Peel Pads, R925 for 36, is a fantastic alternative to a salon-grade exfoliating facial while you’re at home. It comes with a liquid solution, 60ml, with a 10% glycolic acid and 2% aminofil formula designed to pour into the jar of pads before use so you can improve the overall look of your skin’s health, radiance and density.
By Beauty Editor Martinique Stevens
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.