As Birchbox Man readers know, we’re not shy about our wholesale endorsement of regular exfoliation for your face. It’s among the grooming golden rules. Dead cells pile up on your skin and a good rinse with water just isn’t enough to deal with it. You need an exfoliator that’ll get down on its hands and knees to give your face a good sloughing.
But there are a couple different ways to get the job done. While physical exfoliators call upon the power of small particles like seeds, sugar, or sand to scrub away dead skin with friction and abrasion, chemical exfoliators offer a gentler approach. These agents dissolve or digest dead skin residue using alpha-hydroxy acids. If you’ve got sensitive skin, a chemical exfoliator may be a better choice for you. Presenting: Exfoliators with a gentler touch…and the corresponding Barry White songs they inspire us to sing in the shower.
Chemical Exfoliator: ZIRH Clean
Smooth Operation: Using alpha-hydroxy acids, this wash achieves a deep clean without dryness or damage. Glycolic acid dissolves the intercellular bonds holding dead skin cells together, so younger, healthier skin can surface. Its lemon scent and cooling peppermint extract are proof your face has just been refreshed.
The Tune: “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe”
Chemical Exfoliator: Anthony Logistics for Men® Glycolic Facial Cleanser
Smooth Operation: Glycolic acid digs dirt, debris, and dead cells out of pores while stimulating collagen production to dial back wrinkles and acne scarring. It’s no surprise that an acid often used to remove rust should also be effective in reducing the signs of aging, especially when combined with the smoothing effects of Vitamin A. After such vigorous restoration, skin heals and relaxes with Aloe Vera leaf juice and chamomile.
The Tune: “What Am I Gonna Do With You”
Chemical Exfoliator: Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream
Smooth Operation: Better than a quick wash, this bestselling moisturizer gives dry skin a nourishing soak. Glycolic molecules combine with seaweed extract to gently exfoliate skin and spur the production of Hyaluronic Acid, a moisture-locking molecule the body produces naturally. Consider this hydration therapy that preserves skin while drastically refining its tone and texture.
The Tune: “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me”