You would never have guessed from my ahem, current perfectly porcelain complexion, but I was once an acne-riddled adolescent just like anyone else. During this painful pimple-prone phase, I avoided all face scrubs like the plague – why aggravate my sensitive skin further, right?
I know way better now – while it’s true that hardcore scrubs should be avoided at all costs, exfoliation really is for everyone. In fact, if you have reactive skin, gently lifting off debris and dead cells can actually help to purge your pores of gunk and grease. How about that.
You see, the trick is in finding products that are effective yet gentle enough for all skin types. I’m in love with the subtly scented Ettusais Peeling Milk N, $26, which is completely non-abrasive and stuffed with skin goodies like sebum-sopping clay and a citrus complex, both of which work in tandem to clarify congested complexion.
Best bit? If you’re pressed for time, do as I do and slap on this triple threat as an all-in-one skin softener, hydrator and brightener. Perfect pore- and time-saver, in my beauty books.
What else? Try the incredibly covetable Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, $65, which I like sprinkling onto a cotton pad and sweeping it onto my freshly cleansed face as a skin-tightening toner. This featherweight fluid comes with acne-alleviating salicylic acid and brightening fruit acids, and leaves my face delightfully dewy and primed for the potions and poultices to follow.
Finally, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something quite as cool as Boscia’s Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder, $52. Try your hand at a besoke blend by customising the level of intensity: For a deeper cleanse, use less water with more of this dry powder to achieve a thicker paste. Massage into your skin, then rinse off for a visibly smoother visage. Magic!
Try this terrific trio out and let me know if these hero products work as well for you as they did for me. Cheers, and jiayou.
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