Gone are the days of harshly exfoliating your skin with 3D microbeads, broken bits of sugar or rice. Say, “hello” to acid toners.
Don’t get us wrong, scrubs are good for the body (neck down) but when it comes to the face, the abrasive rubbing can sometimes cause more damage than good; especially if you suffer from acne, blemishes, sensitive skin or rosacea. Your face and the skin around it is thinner and sometimes has a different reaction to product that are used let’s say on the hand, this is where acid toners come in.
Once OK’d by a professional, you can use adic toners regularly.
Certain products are specific for various skin concerns however, the main point to note about these beauty items is that they are a great alternative to exfoliating, and therefore we advise to omit this step. Mainly due to the fact that you won’t need it!
Below we have outlined a range of acids that may or may not already exist in your skincare routine and what they are known for:
- Lactic (AHA) – Fantastic for resurfacing and great for dehydrated/dry skin.
- Glycolic (AHA) – Helps to stimulate the skin for better collagen production. It is also resurfacing.
- Malic (AHA) – Similar to the above, Malic acid resurfaced and promotes collagen production.
- Salicylic (BHA) – The best one for acne-prone skin and it’s surprisingly gentle.
- PHA’s (Poly hydroxy acids) – These are those skin instants which are in need of hydration and deep penetration of product afterwards.
Without further ado, please see below a list of our favorite acid toners and what they do.
Lotion P50W by Biologique Recherche
Holding the reputation for the ‘best product ever’ this French cult beauty lotion is a recently unveiled secret. With a mix of fruit acids, and active ingredients such as onion extract, lactic acid, and panama wood extract, it doesn’t make for a pleasant smelling product, but it sure as hell is a must-have in all beauty cabinets. This magic lotion is how I got into exfoliating toners, and have never looked back. It balances the PH of the skin while removing dead skin cells, and you never have to exfoliate again! Genius!
Glow Tonic by Pixi
At an affordable price point, Pixi’s Glow Tonic is skin friendly as well as wallet-friendly. Good for all skin-types, this liquid exfoliator help to firm, tighten and brighten the skin, leaving your complexion smooth and soft, without irritation. Oh, and they do a mini size so you can try it out before investing in a boat load. But we have a feeling you’ll want to.
Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads by Kate Somerville
Known as a facial-at-home product, the Kate Somerville Resurfacing Pads do the work of an aesthetician from the comfort of your own home. Helping to reduce acne scarring, while polishing the skin, these handy pads also soothe and calm irritation. Oh, and they’re dinky enough to travel with too.
PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads by Zelens
If you know your acids by now, and your skin isn’t friends with glycolic acid, then the Zelens resurfacing facial pads are for you. Glycolic-free, this gentle yet effective product is super hydrating and will still work wonders bar GA!
Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner by Clarins
This fresh, and rich fluid creates wonderful results when used 1-2 times a week. Gently exfoliating the skin while nourishing, it’s active ingredients, such as tamarind and white nettle extract work hard to tighten pores, eliminate the surface of impurities and boosts cellular renewal. This is a great summer option as it’s light and refreshing!
Mild Clarifying Lotion by Clinique
If you’re prone to break-outs and a few blemishes, this alcohol-free liquid exfoliator has the perfect amount of salicylic acid to clean the skin while hydrating it to the core. It’s gentle, fresh and 100% fragrance-free, so you needn’t worry about sensitivity or irritation. Yay!