Chemical exfoliators are one of the greatest innovations in the beauty industry. Thanks to them, we can now get clear, radiant skin sans scrubbing, rubbing, and peeling! Since we're in the business of looking for the best products, the one chemical exfoliator we always hear raves about is the Glossier Solution. The gentle daily exfoliator contains a mix of three acid actives—AHA, BHA, and PHA—and soothing aloe vera plus calming niacinamide. The combination effectively unclogs pores and sloughs off dead skin cells to make way for healthier, brighter skin, without causing irritation or redness!
See proof of Glossier Solution's magic below:
The one thing that's stopping us from buying it? Glossier Solution only has boutiques in th US and UK, and currently only ships to the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, France, and the Republic of Ireland. Purchasing it through resellers/online shops can take weeks to arrive and can cost between P1,700 to P2,100.
If, like us, you want to get the benefits of Solution without having to go through the hassle of buying it, check out these locally-available options!
Maxi-Peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Fluid
Maxi-Peel Zero contains a blend of two acids, AHAs and BHAs, to flatten angry pimples and reduce the appearance of redness and acne marks!
Main ingredients: AHA, BHA, Vitamins B3, C, and E
Maxi-Peel Zero Micro-Exfoliant Fluid, P75, Watsons
BeachBorn Witch Hazel Healing Toner
A clarifying toner that gets rid of pore-clogging bacteria and oil, while soothing and hydrating skin. We also love how this can be used to set makeup and soothe itchy mosquito bites.
Main ingredients: Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Lavender, Chamomile, and Seaweed Extracts
BeachBorn Witch Hazel Healing Toner, P280, Lazada
V&M Naturals Happy Pores Orange Flower Water Toner
This vegan toner contains tea tree extract and bitter orange flower oil to soothe and repair blemishes and control sebum production.
Main ingredients: Bitter Orange Flower Oil, Tea Tree Extract
V&M Naturals Happy Pores Orange Flower Water Toner, P480, SM Megamall
Banila Co. Hi-Bye Vita-Peel Clear Pad
Pore-clogging bacteria, dirt, and oil have nothing against these pads! Aside from deeply cleansing your pores, they can also be used to brighten your elbows and knees. ;)
Main ingredients: Fruit Extracts, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Glycolic Acid
Banila Co. Hi-Bye Vita-Peel Clear Pad, P950, Lazada
COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid
A toner/serum that unclogs congested pores and fights acne-causing bacteria. This ~*liquid*~ is so gentle you can use it together with other chemical exfoliators.
Main ingredients: Willow Bark Water, BHA
COSRX Two In One Poreless Power Liquid, P990, Beauty Bar
VMV Hypoallergenics Superskin 2 Monolaurin + Mandelic Acid Toner for Combination Skin
This toner contains a coconut-derived chemical exfoliant to clear out debris and impurities stuck in your pores, leaving your complexion healthy, fresh, and balanced.
Main ingredients: Mandelic Acid, Monlaurin
VMV Hypoallergenics Superskin 2 Monolaurin + Mandelic Acid Toner for Combination Skin, P1,000, Trinoma
Pixi Glow Tonic
Glow Tonic has a combination of exfoliating and soothing ingredients to help get rid of blemishes, rough texture, and uneven skin tone.
Main ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Ginseng, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel
Pixi Glow Tonic, P1,050/100ml, Lazada
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
Grapefruit extract, glycolic acid, and aloe vera aid in clarifying and repairing skin, as well as reducing discoloration and fine lines.
Main ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Aloe Vera, Grapefruit Extract
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner, P1,145, Rustan's The Beauty Source
Neogen Bio-Peel+ Gentle Gauze Peeling Lemon
Don't let the word "Peel" in the product's name scare you—there's no literal peeling involved here! What it means is the exfoliating pad thoroughly removes dead skin cells and impurities stuck in your pores. And since it's a pad, you can use it to exfoliate other parts of your body, too.
Main ingredients: Fruit Extracts, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid
Neogen Bio-Peel+ Gentle Gauze Peeling Lemon, P1,295, Watsons
Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3
The Clarifying Lotion preps your complexion for the rest of your regimen by removing leftover dirt and bacteria. It ensures your skin will be able to absorb all the nutrients of your essence, serum, and moisturizer.
Main ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel, Citric Acid
Clinique Clarifying Lotion, P1,600/200ml, Lazada
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