Updated: Mar 26
ACTIVE EXFOLIANT 7% SENSITIVE
Chemical Exfoliator + Enzymes
I am a QMS convert and now it is the only brand on my bathroom shelf. This exfoliating fluid has fruit acids and enzymes which are used to dissolve dead skin and stimulate cellular renewal without damaging the skin's natural barrier function. The exfoliant has a gentle peeling effect that refines and optimizes sensitive skin resulting in bright, smooth skin that is full of vitality. Apply to skin after cleansing and leave for 10 -15 minutes before removing. Although this is for sensitive skins, it packs a powerful punch so expect a tingling sensation and some redness may appear. This is a sign that the formula is working and will go down after some time. Contains glycyrrhetic acid, chamomile extract and bisabolol to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin.
ACTIVE EXFOLIANT 11%
Chemical Exfoliator + Enzymes
I love the QMS exfoliators so much, both the 7% and 11% had to feature. This is for those really wanting to see results, the formulation has fruit acids and enzymes that will dissolve dead skin cells and stimulate cellular renewal, your skin will feel smooth and hydrated after this 15 minute leave-on treatment. Expect redness and a tingling sensation, this is a sign that the formula is working and will go down after some time. Please do not use if you have highly sensitive skin, a skin type prone to redness or rosacea. Contains an anti-irritation complex with redcurrant seed oil to support the barrier properties of the skin and fermented organic rye to stabilize the skin's flora.
Chemical Exfoliator AHA's + HA
The Pill is a blend of six different AHAs derived from organic sugars to brighten, and gently exfoliate including Glycolic, Lactic, Mandelic, Malic, Tartaric + Citric. Caffeine and hyaluronic acid is also included making it more hydrating and calming than other exfoliators I have tried. It is so gentle, making it the perfect topical supplement to revive the skin without causing disruption to the skin's natural microbiome and barrier function. I would recommend this for those with highly sensitive skin or those with dehydrated or dry skin looking for a daily booster. Expect tighter, hydrated happier skin.
PURE ENZYME MASK
Chemical Exfoliator AHA + Enzymes
Pure Enzymes is a Cranberry Exfoliating Mask that gently polishes away dead, dull surface skin to help reveal a softer, more radiant-looking complexion. It smells delicious thanks to the rich cranberry formula and helps to promote hydration and smoother looking skin. This is a powerful mask and can make the skin pink up easily, so start with 5 minutes and build up gradually to 20 minutes. If you skin does go red, it will calm down after washing off.
Ingredients include L-Lactic Acid and Cranberry Enzymes which exfoliate away dull, dead skin and pore-clogging impurities
L-Glutathione and Superoxide Dismutase which help protect skin from environmental stressors and D-Gluconic Acid which boosts hydration for a dewier-looking complexion.
Chemical Exfoliator AHA
Environ is a salon brand that should be on every Skin Saint's radar. The reason being their products work so well. This is a glycolic toner (AHA) that unglues the bonds that connect the dead skin cells together which reveals younger more radiant skin underneath. It's a toner which can be used with a cotton wool pad and wiped over the face after you cleanse. It is a ideal for those concerned with aging, sun damage or congestion and works best with the Environ AVST moisturisers afterwards.
Physical Exfoliator - Clay
The first thing you notice is the citrus smell of the orange oils and then the ultra smooth consistency of the Kaolin clay. This is such a gentle exfoliator which helps to lift dead skin cells whilst also nourishing and hydrating the skin with the Marula and Jojoba oils. Esse's Microderm Exfoliator is different from the other exfoliators as it sits within the physical exfoliating category but works a treat and is non-abrasive on the skin's surface.
BRIGHT FUTURE SLEEPING FACIAL
ALLIES OF SKIN
Chemical AHA + BHA + Enzymes
I like to use this overnight mask when I am having a break-out or my skin looks lacklustre and dull and in need of a real boost. This is a facial in a bottle, and all while you are out for the count. Working with the skin's natural repair process, it uses glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, as well as niacinamide, prickly pear enzyme and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. Apply before bedtime, and wake the next morning to discover perfectly exfoliated, optimally hydrated, smoother, brighter skin.
Physical Exfoliator - Face brush
Facial brushing is a wonderful way to start the day and will help to activate your lymphatic and circulatory system and leave you with a healthy glow. The soft, all-natural goat hair bristles can be used to gently stroke the skin in upward motions for a few minutes which will help to remove dead skin cells, improve blood flow and detoxify the skin.
TRI-BIOTANICAL REVIVAL CREAM
Chemical exfoliator AHA
Revival Masque is a multi-tasking mask using lactic, asiatic and mandelic acid to make your skin appear fim and lifted, this is why it's coined 'the facelift in a jar'. This mask can be applied for 10-20 minutes or once skin is more tolerated overnight.