Sephora Spring Series: Exfoliants

Exfoliating your skin is like helping your skin renew itself through removing dead skin cell buildup, allowing for your skin to better absorb products and treatments and improve the overall health of your skin. Another reason to exfoliate is that sometimes dead skin buildup can result in clogged pores with dirt and debris often leading to dullness, dry patches and sometimes even acne/breakouts. I think of it as an extra unnecessary layer between your products/treatment and your actual skin. When I first started getting into my own self-skincare routine, I did not really understand the difference between exfoliating products but I think over time I have found formulas that work for my skin. Hopefully, I can share some of my thoughts and recent experiences… read on!

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  • Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel – A bit of background and history on this product. When I was first introduced to Korean skincare, the first brand I tried was Laneige including this product. I used this religiously for years until I began experimenting with other products/exfoliants – including chemical types and physical scrubs. Since coming back to this product, I think the ingredients may have changed slightly or at least the way in which they market their product because it feels slightly different for me… that, or my skin has changed/matured over the years and reacts differently. I like how this product doesn’t leave tons of gross “white clumps/flakes” as other exfoliators. The clumps you sometimes see with exfoliators are not always all of your “dead” skin. Often, it’s just the way the product works into your skin so I’m not a huge fan of products that have this type of formula. In any case, I can’t really say it’s the most effective exfoliant as compared to some other products I’ve tried, but it is definitely less harsh to the skin. So, the important question: “Why use this product if it’s not the most effective exfoliant?” Simple. Over time I have begun to care less about instant results and am more concerned with how the product may affect my skin in the long-term. I would prefer to use products that may take more time to see results, but are much more gentle on the skin. What I also love about this product is that after use your skin doesn’t feel parched or overly dry. I think it might be attributed to the yogurt ingredient, but overall I prefer how it feels after it has been washed off in comparison to other physical exfoliants.


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  • Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Peeling Gel – Firstly, I finished this tube so in the clip I barely managed to squeeze out what was left. Similar to the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel, this product is a gel-type exfoliator. Now, the key difference here is how my face feels after using it. I think this product certainly works and you will visibly see the “clumps” of skin once you’ve worked the product into your face. Some people like this type of formula; personally, I really don’t like the way it visibly rolls off what appears to be “dead skin”. I’ll admit, at first it was pretty cool but when I compare my skin after, I much prefer how it feels after I use the Laneige peeling gel. With the Peter Thomas Roth Peeling Gel, you will literally see clumps of white balls which appears to be all dead skin, when I know for myself hat it’s just how the product is formulated and applies. I’ve tried several other exfoliators and I can say that just because it looks like it’s removing tons of “dead skin,” it might just be the formula itself. Having said this, take what I say with a grain of salt simply because this is my own personal experience. I may try this product again in the future if I change my skincare routine and switch up my products, but I won’t be repurchasing this product anytime soon mainly because I’ve tried other exfoliants that seem to work without causing dryness to my skin. 

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  • AMOREPACIFIC (AP) Treatment Enzyme Peel – This is a unique product as it is a powder exfoliant/peel versus the typical scrub or gel type. It’s very gentle since it doesn’t have any particles, instead it turns light foam with just a little bit of water. I don’t think this is a product that will give instant dramatic results, but I certainly think it’s been a great addition to my skincare regime. With regular use, I think it has maintained my skin’s condition through gentle exfoliation. I use this maybe 2 times a week in between my Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel. Another similar product would be the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder, only the AMOREPACIFIC version feels gentler although I didn’t use the Tatcha product for very long. I thought I’d give it another try so I reordered the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder during this Spring’s Sephora sale – stay tuned for an update! OK back to the main topic, would I recommend this product? Yes, it’s different than most physical exfoliants and feels gentle on the skin… worth a try!

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  • Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder – Continuing from the post above, I think the Tatcha and AMOREPACIFIC enzyme powder exfoliants are similar, yet different at the same time – strange, right? They both come in powder form and require a few drops of water applied to a damp face I feel like you need to work the product in a little more than the AMOREPACIFIC product otherwise you can still feel some grains. I think the main difference between the two is that Tatcha’s main ingredient is rice whereas AMOREPACIFIC is a blend of papaya, green tea and other extracts. At the time, I only had a small size to try so I recently purchased the full size of this product as I’m curious to see how this product compares. Will report back soon!

So, my advice to anyone who is in the market for an exfoliant is to find a product that works well with your skin. I WOULD NOT recommend scrubs to anyone simply because I think it’s more damaging to the skin. Try to look for a product that is more gentle to the skin because the last thing you want is to suffer long-term skin damage. I like to match my masking schedule with exfoliating, I typically use a form of hydrating mask on the days I exfoliate just to replenish the skin. Let me know if you end up trying any of these products!

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One of six in the Sephora Spring Series, check out my honest thoughts on products ranging from cleansing & toning, moisturizing, exfoliants, treatment & toners, eye and sun care, and face masks!  Read the original post here and follow me on the rest of this series!

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