Diving deep into the exfoliation world, you’ll find this little gem by REN, combining glycolic acid, lactic acid, and papain in a targeted mask treatment for smooth and radiant skin. Layer on a thick layer and let the acid seep into your pores, ridding you of all the bumps, clogged pores, and other afflictions that cause breakouts. Then remove it all with lukewarm water and flannel in gentle sweeping motions to reveal smooth results. It’s merely a once a week deal but you still want to have some face to show off right?
I much prefer the chemical route over physical particles, not overstimulating the skin and causing potential micro-tears. The ease of applying a sticky mask that stays in place wins every single time—from emails to cardio and potentially watching some TV, it’s a clear mask so nobody can clock it. Newcomers to chemical exfoliants should always do a patch test on their wrist to see if any negative reaction ensues. The last thing you need is a beet-red face and sore skin from overdoing it. I leave the mask on from anywhere between 15 to 20 minutes and follow up with a clay mask to fully reset—depending on the time I have to invest in looking poreless for the evening.
Always follow up with enough hydration and barrier repairing actives in a clean and simple formulation. You do not want to overdo it with the actives on fresh skin, and remember, proper high protection sunscreen in the morning is now a non-negotiable if you don’t want to burn to a crisp or cause a ton of sun damage.