Skincare | Top 3 Exfoliating Serums

Monday, March 14, 2016

best exfoliating serums for brighter healthier glowing skin


There is nothing more delightful than cleansing and layering skincare products onto my face at the end of a long day. Usually, a serum of some kind is involved. It's only in the last year that I've started implementing acids into my skincare routine, under the guidance of Hidden Harmony World, who is a wealth of skincare knowledge (Read her Guide To Serums here). Here are my Top 3 Exfoliating Serums that leave the face looking brighter, feeling smoother and reveal a glowing complexion. 

Exfoliating serums contain an AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which work by breaking down dead skin cells and promoting cell renewal, thus revealing smoother, fresher looking skin that is more even in tone. They can also have other benefits, depending on which AHA a product contains such as helping with pigmentation issues, fine wrinkles, soothing the skin, acne, sun damage etc. 


The One That Gently Brightens & Increases Radiance:

I've been using Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum | £6.99 for almost a year now and I have gotten through bottles of the stuff (read skincare repurchases post here). It contains hibiscus, which has naturally occurring acids which help to exfoliate the surface of the skin gently. It is so gentle in fact that I believe, except maybe the super duper sensitive, most everyone would get along with this.


Boots Botanics Radiance Concentrate Serum review


The light gel formula sinks into the skin quickly and really helps to make my skin appear brighter, plumper and healthier. I like to use this after cleansing and toning in the mornings because it gives my skin a quick boost of radiance and makes a beautiful bright base for me to wear makeup over. I use this almost daily. 

I really like the texture of this serum which isn't sticky and allows me to layer on my oils or moisturisers over it easily and I don't really get any distinct scent from this either. It doesn't dry out my skin and can help reduce the appearance of my large pores which is always a bonus in my world. If my skin is a little dull when I wake up, this really perks it up. And for the price I recommend just trying it.

The One That Plumps, Hydrates & Softens:

I've been using Bravura 10% Lactic Acid Peel | £9.59 since the beginning of this year and I love it. It is a gentle treatment that you're meant to keep on for about 10 minutes and then wash off but because it is so gentle I like using this as a serum.

It is a light-weight, mild chemical peel that is very effective in promoting cell renewal and brightening the complexion. It contains Lactic Acid which works on the surface level of the skin, getting rid of dead skin cells and revealing fresh, bright skin that feels plumper and looks more even in tone.


bravura lactic acid 10% chemical peel review


It is infused with rose water (though thankfully the scent isn't too strong) making it perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skin. The watery texture means it is quickly absorbed and gets to work straight away. It is very gentle and I haven't experienced any tingling with this at all. I like to use this one 1-2 times a week, especially when my face isn't feeling as smooth or when I can feel texture forming in any areas. 

I apply this in the evening after cleansing and toning, using my fingers to pat the product into my skin, although it is recommended to use a brush for even application. I like to especially focus this product on areas where I suffer from hyperpigmentation because it is meant to help with pigmentation issues with prolonged use. In the morning I wake up to plump, bright skin that has regained some of that natural glow.


The One That Refreshes, Soothes & Makes Skin Glow:

Although I've been using Pixi Glow Tonic for a while now, it was only at the end of last year that I ventured into some of their other products, one of the first being Pixi Skintreats Overnight Glow Serum | £26. The promise of glowing skin in a bottle was too difficult to resist and seeing it contained 10% glycolic acid I took the leap to increase my acid tolerance with this.


best overnight serum review pixi skintreats overnight glow serums


This contains Glycolic Acid which penetrates a little further into the surface of the skin, thereby really awakening those lazier skin cells to renew the skin while you sleep. It works in a similar way to the Bravura except this is a little more hard-working whilst being really soothing. I can see the results of using this clearly in the morning. 

This is a thick gel consistency that still manages to feel light on the skin, absorbing quickly and leaving only a slight tack. The packaging needs seeing to as the pipette really isn't sufficient to pick up such a heavy product effectively, but despite that, this serum is amazing.


Pixi Overnight Glow Serum Review


I use this after cleansing and toning by applying 1-2 drops all over my face and neck with my fingers, avoiding the delicate eye area. I always follow this up with a nourishing facial oil which really helps this work its magic. I usually reach for this when my skin looks tired, dull, lacking in colour or after I've survived a breakout because it helps to get rid of the marks. I never use this more than once a week. 

The name of this product is completely befitting because it really does work overnight to reveal glowing skin the next morning. It is like going to sleep with problematic skin and waking up to fresh, new, beautiful skin the next day. 


best exfoliating serums for dry dehydrated skin types


A word of advice, please check your skin's tolerance with any new products you try, especially ones containing acids and use what you can tolerate. If the stinging is too severe please don't continue to use as none of these are meant to hurt on application. And also remember to always use some nourishing moisturising agents after using these acids as they can dry out the skin and cause damage if sufficient hydration isn't added back into the skin. 

Have you tried any of these serums? How effective do you find them? What other exfoliating serums would you recommend? 


Sal xxx
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27 comments

  1. I didn't even know you could get exfoliating serums wow, this post was helful as to what to get! That pixi overnight one sounds incredible!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful hun :) the Pixi one is definitely a lush treat that is actually effective xxx

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  2. I absolutely enjoyed this post as you know I love anything with AHAs. I didn't know the Pixi Glow Tonic contained 10% Glycolic Acid. I may have to give it a try soonest. Thanks for sharing lovely...xx

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    1. Acid junkie!!! ;) It is really lovely and I find the effects of it most obvious xxx

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  3. I haven't tried any of these but would be interested in trying all of them, especially the Pixi one. Great post! xx

    Beautylymin

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  4. I definitely agree about the Pixi pipette - it's a pet peeve having a gloopy formula with a pipette dropper! I need to check out Bravura as I've heard a few good things about their products lately and my skin has actually been uncharacteristically dry lately xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. You deffo need to check out Bravura as they sell some really amazing, effective skincare that is so affordable xxx

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  5. That overnight glow serum sounds awesome!! I'll have to try these!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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    1. It really is lovely to use and the results are amazing xxx

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  6. I've been loving anything with AHA's and since introducing them to my skincare routine last year my skin has been looking so much better. I have actually planned post for Wednesday about my skincare routine :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. AHAs definitely do get addictive especially because they're easy to use and much more effective xxx

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  7. I use the bravura glycolic and salicylic acids alternatively and they have worked wonders on my skin. Baby soft. Apparently you can apply it elsewhere on the body too but i haven't tried that yet.

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    1. Really? I never thought to apply it anywhere else on my body! Thanks for the tip xxx

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  8. Yay, go glow glow glow! I love skincare acids, they are like your annoyingly good colleague who can do everything, fight spots, stimulate collagen, get rid of dry skin, brighten your complexion! Love love love! I always recommend anyone with only skin to get something with salicylic in as it likes to dissolve in oil whereas glycolic is more of a water lover :D

    www.honestyforyourskin.co.uk

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    1. Haha! Love that description. Exactly...great advice thanks xxx

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  9. I love the sound of the Pixi Glow Serum, anything that boosts a glow is my favourite kind of product! I've been using the Kiehl's oils for about a month now and they are amazing, definitely some favourites!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.com xxx

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    1. Kiehls is still on my list to try. I don't know how to whittle down my list to something reasonable. LOL! You must try it - exactly - glow in a bottle! xxx

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  10. Nice post! You've got a lovely blog so I nominated you to the liebster award :)
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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  11. I would love to try the Botanics Serum, I tried before the day cream and also the night cream and I loved them! :)

    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. I love Botanics skincare too xxx

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  12. I would love to try the Botanics Serum, I tried before the day cream and also the night cream and I loved them! :)

    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  13. Thank you for your post. I've always worried about exfoliating oils - I've heard they work well and would love them on my dry patches but worried as I break out in oil so much. Would you recommend any for oily skin?

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    1. These would all be good for oily skin hun. They shouldn't cause any excess oil production. I have an oily t-zone but these have been fine to use xxx

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  14. awesome, thanks to instagram - i found your blog!
    do you think bravuras glycolic peel could also be used like a serum?

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  15. The Botanics does abso nothing for me but the consistency is bloomin great, love the formula!

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Sal xxx