Keeping your skin clean is one of the most important things in your skincare routine. Keeping your PORES clean is what it is all  about. PLUS, making sure dead skin cells are removed from your skin in a regular, continuous manner.

Skin does this by herself, I know, but this natural proces scan be impaired by numerous reasons.

One of them is AGE. As we age, cell turnover slows down. Like everything else, by the way J. In a younger skin, our epidermis (first layer of the skin, seen from the outside), renews itself in a beautiful, 24-days’ cycle. As we get older, these 24 days become much more …..

In order to improve this turnover, many things can be done. Think of the use of Retinol, that will stimulate cell turnover from the deeper layers upwards. Think of regular cleansing(which we all do, don’t we ?), and of regular EXFOLIATION. Meaning : HELPING (not forcing) skin to perform better, by removing a few layers of dead skin material. Advantages ? MANY !

Skin will perform better and therefore, look more beautiful and fresh, to put it simply. Your (expensive) moisturizer will be absorbed better and your make-up will last longer during the day. To name a few advantages.


One of my PERSONAL FAVORITES is the use of an ACID TONER.Meaning : a skincare toner/tonic with exfoliating (=peeling) ingredients. Fruit acids, like BHA/AHA’s can be used in this way. You can have them in your cleanser, but I’m not a big fan of that, because these products will sting your eyes and therefore, you will need a separate cleanser for the eye area, in case you use them. Acid toners, however, are left on the skin and perform as a “stay on” product. Their effect, for  his reason, will be much better than if they were used in a cleanser (which you remove).

ACID TONERS can have either AHA’s, BHA’s or a mix of both in them. One of my favorite AHA toners is CLARINS DOUX EXFOLIANT, that is both soothing and exfoliating. Very good in case you’re a “beginner”, because it’s a very mild product. I recently discovered EXUVIANCE MOISTURE BALANCE TONER, which has both AHA’s and PHA’s. The advantage of a PHA (POLYHYDROXY  acid) being that it will help give your skin an extra boost of moisture. I find this product to be VERY EFFECTIVE for my combination skin.

NEOSTRATA SMOOTH SURFACE DAILY PEEL and BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE LOTION P50 are excellent in case you are looking for a “FULL STRENGTH” product.They are both ideal for either oily or very aged skin. Sun damaged skin, for example, will improve a lot with the ongoing use of this type of exfoliator.

I personally use all these products, but not all at the same time. I alternate them, depending on the time of the year and the condition of my skin. I would advise you to have at least 2 different acid toners. UNLESS you also use a type of mechanical exfoliator, like a scrub. In this case, it’s important to know that you shouldn’t use them at the same time. This would be a bit too much for your skin.

Acid toners are simple, effective and easy to use. Like you would use a “normal” toner. I usually use an ESSENCE (see articles on Korean products and SVR Essence) directly after an acid toner and then follow my usual steps. For men : as we shave in the morning, it is generally better to use your acid toner in the evening in order to avoid stinging. My beloved Exuviance toner is an exception to this, however.

Bottom line :acid toners are great for regular exfoliation of our skin and help your skin to perform better. They will also make skincare being absorbed better and make sure your skin stays free of blackheads and other skin impurities.

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