The last 2 months of 2018 involved quite a bit of travelling and as usual, flying usually causes my skin to break out so skincare was definitely a priority for me. If you’ve read this blog before, or seen my yahoo interview, you would probably realise that I am a huge advocate for chemical exfoliation. While the term does sound intimidating and daunting, it can be life changing once you try it out. With the right products that gently exfoliates your skin from the deeper skin layers, the difference can be pretty astounding.
I am constantly on the lookout for gentle chemical exfoliators in the market and here are two products that I’ve been using for the past few weeks. I like them and I do think that they play a role in brightening up my skin and making it feel smoother by removing the outer layer of dead and rough skin cells.
Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Overnight Treatment
This is a 2in1 gentle daily peeling product as it features an AHA peeling complex as well as a hyaluron serum. I love chemical exfoliation as I find that it helps to make my break outs more manageable. This serum contains a combination of glycolic acid, lactic acid and gluconolactone to help gently remove dead skin cells and promote skin cell renewal. I’ve actually never really encountered gluconolactone so I had to do some research. Turns out, gluconolactone is a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and offers all the benefits of AHAs but it is gentle to the skin and is suitable for sensitive skin. Lactic acid also is gentler to the skin as compared to salicylic (BHA) and glycolic due to its larger molecules. Thus, I do think that since this serum contains these 3 variants, it will be gentler on the skin compared to a product that features mostly salicylic or glycolic acids. This means, if you’re nervous about chemical exfoliation and want to dip your toes in ever so cautiously, this serum may be a good option. The other counterpart, the hyaluron serum also contains both long chain and short chain hyaluronic acid (HA), as short chain HA can penetrate the skin layers more effectively (as it is about 40 times smaller).
A combination of chemical exfoliation and hydration is perfect for my needs personally, as I do have dehydrated skin. I’ve been using this serum for the past month or so now, and I really do enjoy it. It comes in a plastic pump bottle (I always prefer plastic to glass packaging) so it was handy for travelling and very convenient to use.
The pump dispenses both the peeling complex and hyaluron serum at once, and despite the serum having a more viscous texture, it gets absorbed into my skin in a matter of seconds without feeling tacky. In terms of its hydrating properties, I do think that it helped greatly. My skin does not feel tight throughout the day (which often happens if my skincare isn’t providing sufficient hydration) and the fine lines above my cheekbone (no thanks to my sleeping habits of face planting myself against my pillow) has not been as noticeable as of late.
My skin is looking radiant as well, especially noticeable at my cheek and forehead area. However, I can’t fully credit this serum for the radiance as the next product I’ll be mentioning works in improving luminosity of the skin as well. What I can conclude though, is that using these two products together really helped to boost the natural glow of my skin, an effect of effective gentle exfoliation.
Norel Retinol H10 Triple Active Rejuvenating Cream
I mentioned that I was using this cream in my favourites post, as I wanted to maintain the glowy effects of the Norel Brightening treatment. I’ve been using it ever since, so about 2.5 months now, and I am liking it. It contains retinol H10, vitamin C and phytic acid to help soothe, firm and hydrate the skin. Retinol works to gently remove the outer dead skin layer by encouraging turnover of cells and phytic acid is neither an AHA or BHA, but an antioxidant that can help reduce blackheads and appearance of pores.
A little goes a really long way with this cream, and this jar of 50 ml is lasting me a long time. I still have more than 50% left! My skin can’t handle creams that are too rich and heavy, as they tend to clog my pores and I will get mini bumps on the cheek area the next day. I was previously worried that this cream would be too heavy as it is a solid, thick cream texture. However, my worries were unwarranted and my skin is responding well to it. As mentioned above, my skin is looking radiant and I do think that this cream definitely contributed to it. In terms of preventing blackheads, I did notice that the blackheads around and on my nose seem to be less noticeable as well so I do think that this cream is working well for me.
There you have it, 2 gentle exfoliating products that I am enjoying recently! I always prefer chemical exfoliation to physical exfoliation (such as facial scrubs and brushes) as I know that I am personally heavy handed and physical exfoliation will probably do more harm to my skin than good. Chemical exfoliation is nothing scary and while just applying it topically may not seem like it would have a tremendous effect on the skin, I can say that with constant use, you’d definitely see a difference in the texture and radiance of the skin.
Will you try any of these out? Do let me know!
*Disclaimer: Both items featured here were gifted by PR. Only honest thoughts are shared here, with no influence from others. I am not compensated nor affiliated to the brand.