Remember when a tube of apricot scrub was your go-to facial exfoliator?
Thankfully, those days are long gone; we now know that harsh scrubbing with granule-based formulas can actually cause micro-tears in the skin.
The latest slew of dull complexion solutions are enzyme based, so you apply them gently, then allow them to do their thing. The combination of acids gently lifts dead skin cells, brightening and hydrating the cells underneath.
After cleansing, simply sweep one over your face before bed, pop on your usual moisturiser/serum combo and wake up to glowing skin.
Here are four of the best, whatever your budget:
STEAL: Alex Steinherr X Primark Pollution Solution Exfoliating Pads, €6, Penneys
This bargain tub contains 60 exfoliating pads loaded with gentle acids proven to leave skin smoother and visibly clearer. If you’re worried about overdoing it, you needn’t be; these are practically idiot-proof.
The active ingredients are lactic acid, PHA and niacinamide, which lift off skin-dulling pollutants and daily grime. Hey, if it works for Alex Steinherr…
SPLURGE: Aveda Outer Peace Exfoliating Pads, €33, Brown Thomas
A gentle option for spot-prone skin, Aveda’s Outer Peace Exfoliating Pads help clear blemishes and keep oil under control while shrinking the look of pores.
Infused with powerful plants such as tamanu, amla, boswellia and saw palmetto as well as certified organic lemon tea tree and rose geranium, 92% of users had fewer blemishes these pads as part of their skin care routine for four weeks.
STEAL: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, €14.95, Cloud 10 Beauty
This skincare brand has a cult following the world over and their exfoliating pads don’t disappoint; they brighten, tone and exfoliate skin in one simple wipe. Each one contains just the right amount of glycolic and lactic acids to make them safe for daily use.
Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the skin, while lemon peel and licorice root leave it bright and glowing.
SPLURGE: Eminence Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel, €95 here
A firming peel solution for mature skin, this solution offers deep hydration and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Packed with antioxidants sourced from acai berry, grapefruit and goji, the peel also includes lactic and glycolic acids for firmer looking skin.