For the average ol' teen, grandma, or mère, the term 'exfoliation', most often, evokes images of some walnut kernels in a creamy, foamy cleanser. For beauty obsessives, we take the context to a whole new level. For us, peach kernels are old fashioned, and, for a high end lovers like myself, we can't help but think if a fifty-cent peach kernel, can really do all that good for the skin. Well, you're in luck - because here is a list of the exfoliating and chemical potions that I apply on the regular, but, luckily, it won't mean I'll be reaching for the leftover apricot pits.
Sans chemistry interest, the chemical exfoliants tend to be my favorite. Although the newly acclaimed notes of AHA's and other gibberish sound oh so twenty first century, they date back to when the ancient Egyptians took baths in warm milk. As of late, Alpha H Liquid Gold has become the Harry Potter of the aesthetic-lovers world. The glycolic acid solution offers up an intense treatment that scuffs away dead skin cells and imparts baby soft, glowy skin. Probably the most harsh out of the bunch, it does offer some oomph, but, because of its treatment like properties, twice weekly application means it won't burn your face off.
The more daily friendly option, the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner, puts forth enough exfoliation to rid of bumps, lumps, and rid of bacteria, while still (again) not burning off your face. Perhaps the most friendly option for sensitive skinned gals, a normal skin, like mine, could get away with this on a regular basis and, like I, use it as an everyday toner.
As of my recent 'Products I've Used Up Post', Liquid Gold has hit the dust and the REN Resurfacing AHA Conentrate is filling the gap. The difference? The serum like quality of the concentrate means that you can follow up with the rest of your routine, rather than, with Liquid Gold applying it and nothing else (quite perfect for lazy nights, though). Similarly, the concentrate makes use of other acids - including lactic, fruit, glycolic, tartaric, and others - whereas glycolic acid hosts the main show for Liquid Gold. I'm still grabbing a hold on the ropes with this one, but, so far, I'd say it's a good middle zone for those looking for something more heavy duty than the Clarins Exfoliator, yet less harsh that Liquid Gold.
So far, we've touched on the chemistry-esque exfoliation, but, now, it's time for one that brings us back post -AHA craze - the manual exfoliaters - namely, the Clarisonic. Ever since Oprah or some other Chatty Cathy mentioned the electric toothbrush for the face, it's been all the craze. Where does Lillian come in? I think it's taboo. Although the chemical exfoliators sound scary (there are no gloves required), the dangers of manual include broken capillaries and plain, ol' rough housing. As of May, I had an intense love affair with the thing, dating back to August. Now, I've put it aside and haven't touched it in a month.
So - there's the round up of grandma approved kernels (boring...) and twenty first century ready chemicals. You know I love the acids, but lets ask the real jury - yup, my skin loves 'em too.