The Best Mild Chemical Exfoliants For Skin-care Acid Newbies


Also for those with sensitive skin

Chemical exfoliants are buzzy right now. Glossier just came out with one, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is having a moment, and, though Biologique Recherche’s infamous P50 lotion has been around for decades, it’s seeing a resurgence. People are craving cell turnover, and they’re craving it now.

What nobody tells you, though, is that not all chemical exfoliants are created equal, and some can be pretty intense, especially for newbies. We've already outlined the different skin-care acids and what they do here, but we wanted to also provide some product recommendations for those with more sensitive skin or those who, at the mere mention of glycolic acid, start to break out. 

Some things to keep in mind when shopping: Natural exfoliants like pumpkin and papaya enzymes tend to be the most gentle and effective, says Dr. Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip of South Shore Medical Center. As far as acids go, she recommends lactic for those just starting out. “It exfoliates and softens lines and wrinkles in a much less irritating way than other acids,” she says. It’s always important to slowly incorporate any skin-care product into your regimen, but especially an exfoliant. For those with sensitive skin, Dr. Imahiyerobo-Ip recommends exfoliating no more than once a week. “Read labels and remember that over-exfoliating the skin can do more harm than good,” she advises. “I always say, less is more.”

Click ahead to see some of her—and our—favorite picks. 

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.