We don’t need a lot of convincing to light some candles, put on our favorite mask, and treat ourselves to an at-home spa experience. And this fall we have another reason to make time in our routine for a bit of self care: the glow-inducing, wrinkle fighting, baby soft skin magic of clean exfoliators.
The Benefits Of Using A Clean Exfoliator
By know you know that exfoliation is a key player in any skin-care routine. Thanks in part to its ability to encourage cell turnover and thus promote cell regeneration, exfoliators have become a mainstay in our modern clean beauty routines.
We now know that exfoliation may also encourage collagen production and improve your skin’s dewy plumpness and it’s ability to ‘bounce back’. By removing dead skin cells, it helps to keep skin hydrated and effectively helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
Our favorite part about clean exfoliation is that it prepares your skin for optimal absorption of your serums and moisturizers. Meaning, proper exfoliation can help you get the most bang for your buck from your serums and products. This is because your skin will better absorb products after [gentle] removal of the top layer of dead skin cells.
The Best Clean Exfoliator Is The One You’re Actually Going To Use
Exfoliation comes in many forms, from in-office chemical peels, to microdermabrasion, to an every-day exfoliating essence. However, we believe the best exfoliator is the one you’re going to use consistently and that is well suited for your skin type.
Below we’ve compiled a list of our five favorite clean exfoliators that are sure to level up your glow factor.
Weekly Exfoliator: Odacite Bioactive Rose Gommage
Our top choice for a hydrating weekly exfoliant is Odacite’s Bioactive Rose Gommage. This super clean exfoliator effectively ‘eats’ your dead skin cells with the use of pineapple and papaya enzymes. If that’s not enough to entice you, this mask also employs our go-to hydrating powerhouse – hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid helps to soften skin and make removal of impurities effortless.
While clean hydration and exfoliation is enough of a reason for us to make time for a rendezvous with this mask, the luxurious scent of rose water turns exfoliating into a sensorial experience. (P.S. we also heard that it is a favorite of skin goddess and aesthetician to the stars, Melanie Grant).
Daily Exfoliator: Moon Juice Exfoliating Acid Potion
This super clean exfoliating potion from Moon Juice is formulated with a potent blend of Glycolic, Latic, and Salicylic Acid. It can help to unclog pores, encourage cellular turnover and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We love that they have included hydrating Tocotrienols (a natural source of healing Vitamin E) and anti-inflammatory Reishi (a super mushroom) as well.
Moon Juice’s magical exfoliating potion can be applied daily. Thus, we recommend its use at night due to the presence of sun-sensitizing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs). As with all exfoliants, make sure you are using an effective mineral sunscreen as part of your morning routine to protect your freshly exfoliated skin.
Bi-Weekly Exfoliator:Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Is there anything from Tata’s Vermont grown clean beauty line that we don’t like? The short answer is no. But there are things we can’t seem to live without. Her exfoliating resurfacing mask is one of them. While we love her Regenerating Cleanser for gentle daily exfoliation; when we want to up the ante, we reach for the Resurfacing mask. A hint from Tata herself: you can combine the two for extra exfoliating magic.
This luxurious mask contains 11 active botanicals including BHA from white willow bark and exfoliating pomegranate enzymes. These actives work together to achieve a natural baby soft glow. We especially love that this mask works for those with sensitive skin. Plus, it can be used multiple times a week. Meaning, more nights that we get to #maskandchill.
Weekly Exfoliator: Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask
We first caught onto this mask when we heard that one our favorite bikini influencers uses it weekly. So, as avid fans of Caudalie, we knew we had to give their Glycolic mask a try, and we’re forever grateful we did.
Glycolic acid is one of the most effective exfoliants money can buy. And this little bottle packs a potent amount of it, all at a reasonable price. The added bonus of brightening papaya enzymes and viniferine make this mask a weekly staple for those looking for brighter, more radiant skin.