One of the basic rules of thumb for any anti-aging skin care regimen is to EXFOLIATE. As we age, our cells turn over more slowly, which causes our skin to look dull and old. By exfoliating 2-3 times per week, we can retain a healthier glow and make our fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. And exfoliated skin not only looks better, but will make your makeup look even better on the skin. All exfoliators are not the same. Luckily, I’ve tried so many that I can share my top 5 exfoliating masks for anti-aging with you. All of these products will give you RESULTS immediately. To me there is nothing worse than using a product and not seeing any noticeable results in your skin. Note that if you have sensitive skin, not all these products are going to be right for you. I will mention them in order from most intense to most gentle to help you find the right one for your skin concerns.
Peter Thomas Roth – Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – If you read my post about the fall, then you know I love all things pumpkin! With this mask, not only are you getting the benefits of the natural enzymes in pumpkin that help exfoliate your face, but you get to enjoy the smell of pumpkin while you do it! Plus, the pumpkin packaging is so cute! I’m not gonna lie, this one tingles, and, based on your tolerance, it could be a bit intense. You spread a thin layer all over your face and make circular motions on your skin. In addition to the enzymes working there is a polish in there that also helps to slough off dead skin cells. I would start off with keeping it on just a few minutes and working your way up to the maximum recommended time if you are using it. However, if the tingling doesn’t bother you, I think this product absolutely lives up to its claim to “reveal smoother, younger looking radiant & revitalized skin.” As soon as you wash this off, you are going to see a dramatic improvement in the texture and the softness of your skin.
Colleen Rothschild – Dual Enzyme Polish – This is a new skincare line that I’ve recently started trying and am really impressed with the quality of their products. In particular, the Dual Enzyme Polish is a winner! It has a fresh clean scent and you will see noticeable reduction in large pores and a smoother texture as soon as you wash it off. This formula is not intense like the Peter Thomas Roth, so this could be a better option if you want something that is effective, but not so intense.
Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask – This is another mask with a real “WOW” factor. You spread a thin layer all over your face and it has a fresh, cool scent. In fact, your skin feels so cool and fresh while you have the mask on which I find very relaxing. Similar to the Peter Thomas Roth mask, you are instructed to make circular motions to gently slough off the skin while you are rinsing it off. My pores are tight and my skin has a great glow when it is washed off and I find that it continues to have a “fresh” feeling for a while after I rinse it off, which leaves me feeling invigorated. For that reason I love to use this in the morning before my day gets started.
Dermologica Gentle Cream Exfoliant – This is another solid product that has been part of my skincare routine for years. It’s quick and easy to use – just spread it all over your face, wait 10-15 minutes, then wash off. Bam! There is no tingling and no little granules in this product so it could be a better option for those with sensitive skin.
AHAVA – Facial Renewal Peel – This is the gentlest of this group of products. You will feel a difference in your skin but the results are not as dramatic as with the other products. However, it is important to exfoliate even if you have sensitive skin, so if you are new to adding this step into your routine, I would start with the very gentle products first to ensure your skin will tolerate it.
If you are using these or any other exfoliating products in your skincare routine, be sure that you are also protecting your skin from the sun with the appropriate SPF products. I break down what those are here. Exfoliating does make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays so be sure to be extra vigilant with your suncare. I’d love to hear what you are using to exfoliate your skin. Let’s all help each other to anti-age!
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