All About Exfoliation: What, How, When, Why? | TophCam

Products Mentioned:
•Olay ProX Nightly Purifying Micro Peel
($40 in stores but I found it on Amazon for only $22 – hence why Amazon wins yet again)

•First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
(Also available from Sephora)

•Alpha Hydrox AHA Swipes

•Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner

•Earth Science A/B Night Rejuvenator

•Paula’s Choice Daily Smoothing Treatment

•Paula’s Choice Weekly Resurfacing Treatment

•Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner

•Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster

•Chanel Le Weekend de Chanel
(I lied, this one is $115 – the other two Resynchronizing products are $85… oops!)

•Sunday Riley Good Genes

**Glycolic Acid is beneficial in 5% – 15% concentrations. The higher the number, the stronger the acid – therefore, the less often you should use the product to avoid over-exfoliating the skin. Don’t use glycolic after shaving… owwww


•Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid

•Neutrogena Naturals Acne Spot Treatment

•Stridex Natural Control Pads

•Clinique Acne Solutions MILD Clarifying Lotion
(0.5% Salicylic – great for ultra mild every day use; you have to get the MILD one!)

•Chanel Le Jour de Chanel
(Ultra mild daily BHA – use it like a serum!)

**Salicylic Acid is beneficial in strengths of 1% to 2% for daily use, 4% for weekly use, and up to 9% for spot treatment of zits or stubborn blackheads.

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Priscilla Nieto says:

I use Stridex Alcohol-Free Maximum Strength Pads & the texture and tone of my skin has never been more clear and even! I use them day and night after cleansing with no irritation or problems.

Marlynn McFarland-West says:

Hi. I’m 54 but am plagued with both wrinkles and breakouts. I use .05% retin-a five nights a week and therefore have occasional dry patches so I’d love to find a good exfoliant. I used a glycolic (11%?) toner for a couple of days had terrible breakout. Suggestions?

Olga Candelaria says:

This video answers all my questions on how to use the exfoliants and in what order apply them in the routine. I am starting (training wheels) to use them. thanks

Zuri Black says:

VERY informative. Thank You.

Melissa Fox says:

I find that good genes gives me texture and dry skin. I just started using it (sparingly) in the mornings 4 days ago. What I am doing wrong? Should I mix it with a jojoba oil?

Eunike L. R says:

New subscriber here and i love how informative this video. You deserve more subscribers!!!

Meggie Price says:

I am puzzled about using the toner before the exfoliant …only because it seems more understandable (to this newbie lol) to not tone cells that are about to be sloughed off…what am I missing? I would have thought toner on the new shiny skin to balance it….but that is why I watch you, to find out these things!

Irkania Henriquez says:

I’m looking for a glycolic acid toner. I have normal to dry skin. Which one should i choose? Mario Badescu glycolic acid toner or the one from Peter Thomas Roth?
Thanks for your comments!

Nicole Rudder says:

I think you were looking for the terms, physical and chemical exfoliants. Glycolic’s and Retinols Are chemical and scrubs are physicals

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kathyvanggg says:

I am so late in watching this video, but its so informative! I love it! Its like having all the questions, that I didn’t even know I had, answered! Thank you so much!! I do have to ask, however, if you’ve tried Drunk Elephant’s TLC Glycolic Night Serum and what your thoughts on it are. Again, thank you so much for these skincare videos and please don’t ever stop making them.

Thao Dinh says:

I would also recommend nib + fab, with is recommended by Caroline Hirons and works for me, also because it’s pretty affordable

nor faziera says:

omg i love this video so much

Shalini says:

Hey! I really love your videos. Is it true that all these exfoliation pads contain alcohol? Are there any that you would recommend sans alcohol? Or do they need to contain alcohol for the ingredients to do their work?

Sarah Fan says:

Is AHA and BHA cleanser from Murad good for sensitive skin?

Alma Toledo says:

Excelente as always. I purchased a couple of your suggested serums/oils. i will tender update…regarding results. Thank you and Happy Easter Evening.

Laurin Kohler says:

Paula’s Choice BHA gel form is my obsession!!!!! It has totally changed my skin for the better!

nellagv says:

Thank you so much for sharing. I have a question can I use an exfoliate before using my retin -a or should I alternate every other night. Thank you in advance and I’m glad I found your channel it’s very informative and fun at the same time. Xoxo

May Meia says:

i have P50 do I need Good genes???

thelaughingwitch says:

love it. subscribed.

sandra dubé says:

Love your infos xxxx

to0PRETTY says:

Great video! You touched all bases. Between Good genes and P50, which do you like better and why? Also what are the differences you see and in usage if any , between the two products.

CbabyG says:

Just want to clarify, its only certain types of alcohol that are drying and bad for the skin. Alcohol’s like cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl are good for dry skin, and in small amounts fine for any skin type, as they give a pleasing texture and help keep ingredients stable in products. It actually helps ingredients like retinol and vitamin C absorb into skin more effectively.

Paola SV25 says:

Hey, should I use good Genes under or over luna?
PS: Love your videos! big fan! congrats!

Mabel S says:

I have weird skin, I have dry skin but I get little bumps sometimes on my cheeks or chin. Sometimes I have more oily type only on my Tzone and then I break out on my chin and upper lip skin!!! Ahhhh Lol what should I be using especially for these annoying bumps!!!! I started using the drunk elephant serum at night and that has broken me out!!! Only on my chin area tho I have only been using it for a week and not everyday!

Cesaly Garrett says:

I don’t know where you have been hiding in my life but I am so glad I found you. I’ve struggled with ance and dark pigmentation on my cheeks for years now. Skincare is so confusing and the most I did was cleanse day and night, tone, and moisturize. Watching your videos have been very informative. I did have a question, do I still need to get a exfoliate although I’m using an exfoliating toner?

Carmen Garate says:

Love your videos and you have amazing knowledge, thanks so much!!

Sonal Singh says:

Chris… this is the best explanation on exfoliation ever !! Thanks a ton !! I keep watching back n again !!

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