While I have been blessed with semi-clear skin (thanks Mom and Dad), wearing makeup on a daily basis has given me quite a few nasty blackheads that I constantly struggle to get rid of. So after watching the Live Chat Q&A with ELLE beauty editor Emily Dougherty, I decided to take her advice and try both chemical and physical exfoliation and I think I finally found my perfect blackhead killer combo!

Recently I was sent a new product, Dr. Denese Firming Facial Resurfacing Peel, to keep my skin glowing and those evil flakes at bay.

The Firming Facial Resurfacing Peel is a creamy orange peel that claims to deliver a “brightened, refreshed complexion by deeply exfoliating to reveal smooth, radiant skin that is firm, toned, and glowing, while improving skin’s texture and elasticity in just five minutes.”

It is no secret that great skin is essential for any great look and the one product Kim Kardashian swears by to keep hers looking glowy and smooth? Caress’ latest Skinwear Collection.

The Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash and Beauty Bar, both from the Skinwear Collection, contain burnt brown sugar and karite butter (aka shea butter). These two ingredients are commonly used in skincare products and are famous for their gentle exfoliating and moisturizing properties. The grains are also just the right size – tiny enough to do the job without being harsh to the skin.

I am not a fan of soaps that come in a bar but the Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash keeps my skin super smooth and moisturized. It also helps to unclog pores and is great for prepping the skin for shaving and self-tanner. And did I mention it smells great, just like butter cookies?

Now you can find the Caress Skinwear Collection at your local food and drug stores for $3.99 to $6.99.

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Thanks to the harsh Chicago winter weather and my sensitive dehydrated combo skin, I normally get tiny flakes around my nose and cheeks during this time of the year but ever since I started using Bliss Peeling Groovy Facial Serum ($65), my evil flakes have never returned!

The Peeling Groovy Facial Serum is a revamped version of Bliss’s famous Sleeping Peel Serum. It is a clear, oil-free, non-irritating exfoliating serum that works on smoothing fine lines, minimizing pores, correcting uneven skin texture and brightening skin discolorations.