Autumn is well underway but as the colder weather creeps in it’s the best time of year to work on getting smoother skin before the festive season. Less sunlight and outdoor activity are ideal for treating skin to a more intense exfoliation process.
Properly exfoliated skin is more sun-sensitive so it’s better to be working on fine lines, skin texture, and pores when it’s miserable outside. For every age here’s what you need to know.
Beauty fans will recognise the name PIXI Glow Tonic, the cult toner that uses glycolic acid to reveal fresher, brighter skin. The tonic has long since dominated the market for liquid exfoliators but signs are that more and more of these liquids will hit counters in the year to come.
Internet searches for and about these types of exfoliators are on the rise, perhaps in response to the microbeads ban. Those tiny exfoliators physically buffed away dead skin cells to make skin more radiant and softer, but the ban is good news for the environment.
What Are Liquid Exfoliators?
In liquid exfoliators, ingredients like Glycolic or Lactic acids are used, or sometimes a combination of acids.
In low concentration doses, they work gradually to smooth away lines and wrinkles and reduce pore size.
Gentle enough to use every day as part of your morning or evening routine for smoother skin. And what’s great about them is that they can be used by all ages and skin types, except for the very sensitive.
Smoother Skin (Under 30)
Some work specifically to aid skin improvement in another way, whether that’s excess oil, breakouts, or deeper lines and wrinkles.
PIXI Glow Tonic and The Inkey List Lactic Acid are cult favourites for younger skin, 18 to 30 years. For deeper wrinkles and better skin texture, Alpha-H Liquid Gold is more suited to more mature skin, 40+ (€34.95, pharmacies).
And for troubled skin, a liquid exfoliator that contains Salicylic Acid will penetrate deeper into pores, clearing away dead skin cells, excess oil and grime. For this look to Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Salicylic Liquid, €32.95.
Smoother Skin (Over 45)
For mature skin and an upcoming special occasion, try the Elizabeth Arden Progressive Peel System. This is a rapid peeling treatment for smoother skin fast.
A series of peels in a set, it gently introduces skin to the peeling process to minimise redness or irritation.
The system is progressive, each week of use gets more intense. By the end of the month, your skin should look smoother and noticeably more radiant.
For the most part, liquid exfoliators are products you can slip into your beauty routine without much fuss.
But there is one rule that covers them all, you must wear sunscreen every day. Revealing new and fresher skin is pointless if you don’t protect it during the day, this rule is non-negotiable.
You will see results fairly quickly with a liquid exfoliator, almost immediately skin should feel softer and smoother. Over the next while it will become more radiant too, which is what everyone wants isn’t it?Internet Explorer Channel Network