Recently I’ve come into the possession of two very similar and unique exfoliating products. I have pretty sensitive skin that can get really irritated by scrubby facial exfoliants, so for a while, I stuck to only chemical ones (my favorite to use every day is the Pixi Glow Tonic). But now, something new has rolled into my routine.
I first got the Aqua Reveal Satin Bright Water Peel for Face in a Birchbox a few months ago, and I didn’t really think anything of it and chucked it into my huge pile of samples (more on that in another post). Once I found out what it did, I was really intrigued and dug into it right away. I don’t know how long these kinds of exfoliants have been around, but I’ve just started hearing about them now. This one comes out as a clear gel (it looks really similar to Hydraluron actually), and as you massage it into your skin, it binds together the dead skin cells so they start just balling up and rolling off as you’re massaging - think of that satisfying feeling of letting Elmer's Glue dry on your fingers and then peeling it off. You then rinse everything off, leaving a brighter, smoother complexion.
After loving the exfoliant by Aqua Reveal, I found a similar one on Korean skincare website Peach and Lily - the Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel. It was pretty affordable for such a large tube so in it went to my cart (along with a ton of hydrating sheet masks). This one comes out as a more creamy, white gel that says it uses cellulose as that dead-skin-binder. It also contains fruit and botanical extracts to brighten the skin - it really works, and it smells amazing too! I've noticed after using both of these that my skin feels so much softer and smoother, and even when I don't feel like there's much to exfoliate, I still come up with dead skin that washes away. The serums and moisturizers I apply afterwards always seem to sink in so much more quickly and easily, and I've seen a visible reduction in blackheads and acne scars! I use one of these every few days after cleansing and before moisturizing, and I haven't experienced any irritation whatsoever. If you're sensitive to scrubs with microbeads and chemical exfoliators, I'd definitely try one of these.
Have you ever tried a peeling exfoliator?