About this time of year, the skin on our faces can start to feel rougher and more leathery–simply from being outdoors more. More time in the sun (even if you’ve been religious about applying sunscreen!), along with chlorinated pool water, salty ocean water and wind can make skin appear dull and blotchy. The sun also aggravates any spots we have due to melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation.
I’m not one for having facials on a regular basis–it just doesn’t fit with my lifestyle, but I care a lot about how my skin looks! However, I don’t feel comfortable slathering on something that contains harsh or toxic ingredients (see my previous post “Avoid the Other Dirty Dozen…”), especially if that product gets used on the face and isn’t immediately washed off.
These two brightening peels–REN’s Glycolic Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55) and MyChelle Apple Brightening Peel ($33), are my current favorites. They use natural skin brighteners and fruit acids, such as Azelaic and Malic, and Mulberry Bark and Green Tea Leaf extracts to gently remove dead skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin. (Note: Although these two products use only naturally-derived ingredients, there is always the risk of skin irritation depending on one’s individual skin. I have pretty tough skin, but it’s always advisable to do a test patch first.)
And while some natural skincare products I’ve tried have used high-quality ingredients with no noticeable improvement in my skin, these two are incredibly effective, providing immediate improvement in skin smoothness, brightness and overall clarity.
To a more radiant you!