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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