I’ve blogged at great length about my love for acid exfoliators on a number of occasions – they’ve been a vital part of my day-to-day skincare routine for a few years now and I really do feel like they make all the difference to my complexion both in terms of increasing brightness and reducing dark spots and scarring. I’m always on the lookout for new acids that I can add into my current staple mix – Pixi Glow Tonic and Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant have been my favourites for yonks now – and recently snapped up two new options that I wanted to share.
First up, a rather unlikely drugstore purchase, the Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads (£4.04). Now I don’t know about you guys but I had all but given up on the idea of using any Clearasil products at the ripe old age of about 13 or 14 so I was most shocked to see skincare guru extraordinaire Caroline Hirons recommending the Rapid Action Pads on her YouTube channel. But recommend she did and I duly rushed out and snapped up a pot of pads to test out, not really sure what to expect.
Now for those of you looking for an all-natural acid exfoliation experience (a la Pixi Glow), I’m going to go ahead and say that this is probably not the best product for you. While the pads are full of salicylic acid, there are also a fair few other more chemical ingredients which will no doubt be a bit harsh on the more sensitive of complexions. But if you’re in the market for a no-fuss, no-frills dose of acid that does what it says on the tin, these really are worth a quick peek. As long as you don’t mind the potent chemically scent…
A rather more expensive acid option comes in the form of the Philosophy Brighten My Day All-over Skin Perfecting Brightening Primer (£33) which – in addition to the hefty price tag – comes complete with a number of impressive skincare promises. Not only does it claim to ‘brighten pigmentation’ and ‘smooth and brighten skin’, it also promises to prime and perfect your skin ready for the next steps in your skincare routine. So far so good.
In terms of ingredients, it leans further towards the chemically end of the scale than my Pixi or Aveda offerings, but is by no means as, er, ‘full-on’ as the Clearasil pads and doesn’t have that same overwhelming scent. In terms of the results, I am pretty impressed but I can’t say that it’s offered anything staggeringly overwhelming enough to warrant the £33 price tag and it certainly hasn’t proven any more effective than the other acids in my arsenal. In my opinion you’d be better off sticking with Pixi or Aveda – can you tell I’m a fan of those products?! – both of which come in at under the £20 mark.
What acid-rich products are you guys enjoying at the moment? Hit me up with some recommendations y’all.