Here’s a fun fact for you: Our bodies get rid of anywhere between 30 and 40,000 skin cells a day. (Hey Siri, remind me to wash the bedsheets later.) In a process called cell turnover, the plump new skin cells push up from the deepest layer of your dermis and rise to the surface, as the dead ones gradually slough off.
This can be slowed down by a number of factors—from hormone fluctuations to the aging process—and when that happens, your skin can start to look dull and clogged. That's where exfoliators like the REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic come in handy.
When used correctly, an exfoliator can help speed up the whole cell shedding process, which is helpful (if not totally necessary) as you get older. Or if you’re prone to breakouts like I am.
In general, I prefer chemical exfoliators (such as a glycolic acid serum or a peel pad) over physical ones (like scrubs or cleansing brushes) because I find them to be gentler on my skin. And without getting into another science lesson about the different types of chemical exfoliators, I’ll just tell you why I’ve been gravitating towards this particular tonic these days.