Everyone loves the feeling of silky smooth skin, don’t they?
You don’t just have to use wash off products like scrubs and cleansers to get that feeling. There are toners, pads and even overnight treatments to give you that glow Leave on treatments gently remove the build-up of dead skin cells without damaging your skin’s outermost layer.
Want to give your skin that extra boost? These treatments are a great way to get that instant glow… no washing off required. Many of these use alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid and lactic acid and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid which are great ways to smooth the skin without disrupting the barrier – leaving you with radiant skin.
Here’s part 2 of our guide to exfoliating gently using leave-on treatments.
This is one of the most well known glycolic toners and for good reason! This exfoliant is gentle, yet supremely effective. Alongside the glycolic to exfoliate and hydrate, this toner utlisies ginseng to improve circulation, aloe vera to soothe and hydrate and Fructose and Sucrose to brighten.
Buy the tonic from Pixi
This natural and organic has a gentle scent of cider vinegar. Love how It smooths the surface of your skin and exfoliates pores of excess sebum and impurities, this concentrated formula is a must-have for your skincare routine. Leaves your skin feeling smooth and clean. Ingredients include a natural blend of AHA’s & BHA’s – namely Malic, Glycolic, Lactic, Salicylic and Citric acids.
Buy Skinfoliate from Jane Scrivner
This offering from Zelens are easy to use. These contains four different acids which work to refine the texture of your skin. Don’t be afraid of four acids – the acids used are polyhydroxy acids, alpha and beta hydroxy acids. These are designed to gently exfoliate and refine skin texture, even out the skin tone and help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. These pads are designed to be used daily, Infused with antioxidants from green Shiso leaves to help shield against environmental damage.
These powerful little pads deliver major glow! One side has a slightly rough texture and the other is smooth. These leave your skin with an immediate glow. They are a blend of 4 different acids including AHAs, PHAs, BHAs and TXA. It’s good to use an SPF after this.
Buy the pads from StriVectin
Love that this allows for controlled distribution, just press your cotton pad on the lid to release the product and wipe over your face. This feels gentle on the skin, it doesn’t irritate or leave your skin dry. Over time, your skin becomes more radiant. This contains prickly pear and aloe Vera for exfoliation and soothing.
Buy the toner from Medik8
Glass skin? Yes please! This beautiful Elixir from Alpha H is a wonderful addition to their Liquid Gold range. It’s a serum that combines the magic of AHAs with retinol for glowing, rejuvenated skin! As usual, there’s a little bit of tingling upon application but when you wake up, your skin is dewy and plumped… love. I loved the instant overnight effect this has on the skin.
This formula combines 14% glycolic acid with 1% granactive retinoid to target pigmentation, dullness, uneven texture, congestion, diminished elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Buy the serum from Cult Beauty
This lightly fragranced serum is designed to be used at night. Not only is it organic and natural, It’s also very gentle and is well absorbed into the skin. Depending on your skins needs, you may need to use a moisturiser over the top of this serum. Over time you’ll notice some improvement. Ingredients include Lactic Acid and Avocado Oil.
Buy the serum from Space NK
The Nue Co describe their serum ‘The Pill’ as an all in one ‘topical supplement’. It contains many components that your skin needs from complex AHAs, to Hyaluronic Acid to the K-Beauty hero Tiger Grass. It’s designed to replace your usual layering skincare routine… it has everything you need in one! It promises to brighten, exfoliate, hydrate, plump and tighten your skin. In the long term, it supports the production of collagen and procollagen, can reduce breakouts, increase skin hydration and decrease the appearance of fine lines.
The Pill uses six different AHAs derived from organic sugars passion fruit, bilberry and pineapple to brighten, gently exfoliate and resurface the skin: Glycolic, Lactic, Mandelic, Malic, Tartaric + Citric. These all work together to exfoliate different layers of the skin, leaving you glowing. We’ve talked more about it here.
Buy The Pill from The Nue Co