Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment PadsWhile searching for a new exfoliator for my face, I came across some glowing reviews of Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads, a one-step acne treatment pad that claims to remove dead skin cells, prevent future acne breakouts, improve the appearance of large pores, discoloration and post-acne scarring and promote clearer skin.

Bliss Hot Salt Scrub ReviewWhile searching for a good body scrub to keep my dry, sensitive skin happy in the cold weather, I stumbled upon Bliss Hot Salt Scrub ($36) and have been completely hooked ever since!

Packaged in a clear plastic tub, the hot salt scrub is exactly what it sounds – a self-heating body exfoliator packed with heating glycerin and dead sea salt along with eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender essential oil to give you a spa-like experience. To use, you apply the product directly onto dry skin, massage then rinse off.

Regular and proper exfoliation is key to a clear complexion. Not only does it remove dead skin which can cause a dull appearance, it will help your skin better absorb the treatments and moisturizer that follow. My favorite exfoliant of the moment? TATCHA Polishing Powder, a water-activated enzyme powder inspired by the beauty rituals of ancient Geishas.

TATCHA Classic Rice Polishing Powder Review
TATCHA Classic Rice Enzyme Polishing Powder

MAC Microfine RefinisherFor years, I have been using MAC Microfine Refinisher ($26.50) and I always go back to it.

The scrub contains “microfine crystals used in professional micro-dermabrasion to gently slough and refinish the skin, leaving it smooth, soft, naturally glowing”.

I use this on both my face and body and it is one of the most effective exfoliators out there. Although the beads are really fine, do not be fooled by their size as they can be quite abrasive.

A little also goes a long way and it always gets rid of all my flakes without irritating or drying out my skin, leaving it feeling oh-so-smooth. Everyone should keep a tube handy!

My skin has always been pretty clear but for the last 2+ months, I have fallen under the curse of clogged pores. Out of nowhere, these nasty little white bumps (milia perhaps?) cropped up on my cheeks right next to my nose. Regardless of how much I exfoliate and try to extract them, they just kept coming back.

Out of desperation, I decided to return to my favorite SkinCeuticals Retinol. Only this time, I uped the potency to the maximum strength, 1.0%.