A chemical exfoliating toner is intended to be used as a treatment after cleansing the skin. It works to melt dead skin cells without any abrasive scrubs. “This product helps to renew and rejuvenate the skin while still being gentle,” says Dr. Gonzalez. “It also has a Tasmanian pepper derivative that helps reduce inflammation that can occur with glycolic acid.” As an added bonus, there are soothing aloe vera and ginseng, as well as barrier-building amino acids.
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Serum
Everyone should use an exfoliating acid toner like this, according to Rachel Nazarian, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York. “Acid-based exfoliating toners are a smart method to remove dead skin cells and flake off the surface layers of the skin, and regular use can improve skin texture and reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by UV and pollution,” she previously said Good + Good. In addition, “they offer a secondary level of cleaning that cannot be achieved with basic cleansers for those who may need deeper debris removal, such as people who wear heavy makeup,” she says. Removing dead skin cells will also clear the way for the rest of the products to penetrate deeper, so when you invest in an exfoliating toner, you are truly investing in your daily life.
“While the word acid can sound intimidating, especially to those with sensitive skin, the glycolic acid (which this particular formula is saturated with) is milder than most physical exfoliating scrubs on the market,” says Dr. Gonzalez. Thanks to its small molecules, glycolic acid is able to easily penetrate your skin, breaking the bonds holding dead skin cells on its surface, which means that you will get a lot of benefits with this toner for very little money.
To learn more about exfoliating acids (and why they should be part of your daily lifestyle), watch the video below.
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