These are my picks for the best drugstore (and affordable) chemical exfoliators. If you desire lovely smooth skin then exfoliators need to be a staple in your skincare regimen. They work to remove dead skin cells on your skin which would otherwise leave your skin looking dull and dry. So read on and try them out.
Best drugstore/affordable chemical exfoliators
Chemical exfoliators are perfect because unlike physical exfoliators you don’t run the risk of spreading bacteria and causing acne. Physical exfoliators include mechanical cleansing brushes, scrubs and grains. Chemical exfoliators use chemicals to help with cell turnover without damaging the skin. You’ll usually find alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) in chemical exfoliators. This list is a variety of options for you, enjoy!
Your daily 60 second fix:
M-61 Powerglow Peel
This is a bestselling product and I can see why! It’s a quick peel that will get your skin glowing. These pads are saturated with a solution which will (add what ingredients do). This will leave your skin bump free. It does all this without leaving your skin tight itchy and irritated. You’ll feel results on your skin immediately after use and the results are always very impressive.
The chemical peel is soaked in pads for ease of use, they’re convenient because you won’t end up using too much or too little. Simply use one pad for great exfoliation and you’ll be set! Note that you might feel a tingling sensation when using these pads. Though it is not harsh and you can use these every day.
The pore reducer:
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% Bha Liquid
This not only reduces the size of pores but also the size of pimples, it’s a great multitasking product that will reduce all types of breakouts you might have. Your blackheads will also reduce in appearance and will disappear over time. Your face will be a lot smoother overall after use.
The liquid lasts a while so it will be a regular staple in your routine. Note: The product applies slightly tacky on your face after use so be sure to allow the product to settle before using anything else.
Good for sensitive skin:
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
This product has its fair share of lactic and glycolic acid which makes a great exfoliator but don’t worry, it’s not harsh on sensitive skin at all. It uses ingredients include cucumber and Indian gooseberry, these ingredients will leave your skin toned. The lemon peel and liquorice root will give you a bright completion.
It is not harsh and you will see results in a couple of uses. It leaves some liquid on your face after use which you can rub in with your moisturizer. Your skin will feel very calm and won’t be red, your pores will reduce in size and your skin will feel fresh after use.
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
This is good enough to be used by the likes of the Olsen twins, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and really the rest of Hollywood. If it can keep their skin looking amazing it can do the same for you too. It was developed by a French family consisting of a doctor, physiotherapist and biologist so you know it’s legit.
The AHA and BHA acids (malic, lactic, phytic, salicylic, citric acids,) in this product will hydrate your skin, deal with large pores, balance the pH of the skin and strengthen the epidermis. Note that the smell of this product not for everyone but your skin will look amazing after use.
Glossier Solution exfoliating skin perfector
This pretty product will give you pretty great results. Its 10% AHA/BHA/BHA formulation works to release dead skin cells from the skin and break down oil and sebum. Your skin will look and feel softer and acne free because if this product.
After use you’ll be amazed at how this lightweight liquid will leave your skin looking and feeling supple, smooth and fresh. You’ll get that beautiful glow that you see on the glossier ads.
The Korean wonder:
Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads
Can I just start off by saying I’m in love with the illustration on the lid? Ok said.
If you want glowing skin in minutes this will be your best friend. And don’t worry this will work on all skin types (including sensitive) these are induvial pads which can be used to exfoliate your face and where ever else you feel you need it.
Not only does it exfoliate but it uses betaine salicylate sourced from sugar beets (which is naturally derived) to absorb any excess oil that you might have on your skin. Vitamin c in this solution will get rid of dead skin cells and blackheads as well as blemishes. The benefits don’t stop there: it has anti-ageing properties which are offered by vitamin c and b.
There it is! A complete list of my picks for the best drugstore (and affordable) chemical exfoliators. I hope you enjoyed the article, and found it helpful! Try any of these products out for amazing skin!
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