During the summer, my skin tends to be oily, breakout-prone and just overall gross-feeling. As a PR friend of mine best put it, "No one looks cute during the summer." Unsurprisingly, it's my least favorite season of the year.
But come winter (my favorite season, for the record), it's a completely different story: Breakouts are replaced with sad, dry patches and a generally lackluster pallor. While this is slightly preferable to my 24-hour summer greasiness, it's still not great. So, after doing a deep dive into the powers of exfoliation, I decided it was high time to commit myself to using one on the regular. My current favorite is without a doubt Tracie Martyn's Enzyme Exfoliant, which was introduced to me during a recent facial at her Flatiron spa. The exfoliator-mask hybrid has a gritty texture, but it's not abrasive; the granules are extremely fine, and the paste contains pineapple enzymes, essential oils and alpha-beta hydroxy acids to slough off dead skin cells and refine the surface. After applying it on freshly cleansed skin, I leave it on for about 10 minutes and upon removal, my face feels softer than ever and noticeably brighter. No wonder it's earned the nickname "facial in a jar."
Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant, $90, available at Net-a-Porter
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