I'm going to start a new series on the blog, called Budget/affordable/bougie, and pick one particular product each time, giving you my opinion on whether you should splash the cash, or if a budget alternative is just as effective. We're starting today with one of my favourite products: Acid Exfoliators.
Budget: Versed Weekend Glow Brightening Solution* (£16.50): Although this product contains a combination of four acids (lactic, azelaic, glycolic and kojic), it's actually very gentle on the skin (I have sensitive skin, and I can use it daily). It targets pigmentation, texture and tone, to reveal fresh, smooth and even skin. It also contains Vitamin C, which also helps with skin tone, but also with radiance. I love the pump applicator, which means I just need to press a cotton pad down on it (usually twice), to saturate the pad, which allows me to apply to my face and neck. It's budget-friendly and effective,
Affordable: Gallinée Face Vinegar (£26): Let's get past the fact that this smells like vinegar (as the name suggests), you won't smell like a bag of chips! The vinegar it contains is Apple Cider, which is an AHA, which will lightly exfoliate the skin's surface layer. It's also an antioxidant, which means that it protects and repairs against environmental aggressors. Plus, it contains both pre and post biotics, which protect the skin against irritation, which is why this product is ideal for sensitive skin, even though I know that the name vinegar sounds like it might be too astringent for those of us whose skin is sensitive. I think that those with oily skin will love this, and it's also suitable for normal skin, whereas those with dry skin might find it a little drying for daily use.
Bougie: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 (£72): Again, this has a vinegar scent, but it doesn't linger for very long, so don't let that put you off. This is a very effective acid exfoliator, and for those of you who are not fans of glycolic acid, you might want to give this a go. It does, of course, contain acids; Lactic, Malic, Citric, Salicylic, and Phytic. This might sounds like a very strong combination, but they are gentle acids, and are balanced by glycerin, niacinamide, and thyme essential oil. This is a brilliant product to use if you have little bumps along your jawline, that can't decide if they're turning into spots or not! It also refines pores, smooths and softens skin and gives it an overall radiant look, but without any inflammation, as the products are very effective, but also gentle. It's pricey, but you will see a massive difference in the clarity of your skin after around 10-14 days of use.
Do you like to use acid exfoliators? What's your favourite? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading!
All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Anything marked with a * has been kindly gifted, without obligation. I don't do sponsored posts. Opinion is always my own. Affiliate links may be used.