Saturday 23 September 2017

Let's Talk... Resurfacing

If you've been noticing the word 'resurfacing' popping up lately and don't know what the fuck it means, don't worry. To keep things simple, it's an ever-so-slightly more hardcore version of exfiolation.

As with your typical exfoliation products, resurfacing products work to remove the very top layers of the skin to deeply cleanse the skin, increase collagen production, brighten the skin, treat hyper-pigmentation and reduce minor scarring.

A great resurfacing product for girls on-the-go is the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturizing Pads (£45 Boots/$56 These round pads wipe away the first layers of the skin to deeply cleanse and - most importantly - promote skin renewal. In addition to being a chemical exfoliator, these pads also have a slightly abrasive texture, helping to polish to skin, remove flaky patches and bless you with a more even texture.

These resurfacing pads contain 5% glycolic acid, enabling them to exfoliate the skin without causing irritation. They are simple and quick to use and, unlike other resurfacing pads I've used in the past, these are well saturated, so you only need one pad per application.

Murad is also another brand that has excelled in the art of resurfacing. I couldn't be a bigger fan of the Rapid Resurfacing Peel (£35$44 Sephora), 16 individually wrapped wipes that contain an impressive 10% glycolic acid! Each wipe is well saturated and really large in size, enabling you to get every area of your face, neck and decolletage.

What I love about these wipes is the inclusion of vitamin C, a hero ingredient that helps to brighten, tighten and improve skin texture. Linoleic acid is - packed with anti-inflammatory properties - is also included, making these wipes perfect for those with sensitive skin. I can sometimes experience a little irritation when using chemical exfoliants, however I have no issues whatsoever when I use these!

For those girls who aren't in an exfoliation rush and like to make the most of their pamper time, I recommend the Philosophy Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel (£45$62 ULTA). It is a two part process that involves applying the Detoxifying Charcoal Gel to the skin, followed by the Oxygen Foam Booster. The Detoxifying Charcoal Gel (which contains active charcoal) has a thick creamy consistency that feels cooling on the skin. The second it's applied, it gets to work lifting dirt, oil and other impurities up to the skin's surface. The Oxygen Foam Booster has a mousse like consistency that works to regenerate skin cells and provide skin with a host of nutrients and vitamins.

Once the two masks meet, they begin to foam up on the face (fluffy cloud style) and a tingling sensation begins, which is a sign the products are working the way they should. The mask is then left on for three minutes and, when it's removed (using the exfoliating derma blade included in the kit), skin is cleaner, brighter and tighter!

Regardless of what resurfacing product you use, it's really important to make sure you wear a good SPF the day after using any sort of exfoliator, as it makes skin more vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet UV rays!

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