The Gentle Liquid Exfoliators For Brighter, Clearer Skin
The Gentle Liquid Exfoliators For Brighter, Clearer Skin

The Gentle Liquid Exfoliators For Brighter, Clearer Skin

Be it a toner, water or essence, the right liquid exfoliator can brighten, smooth and improve the look and feel of your skin. Best used after cleanser, it’s an integral step in any routine, so here are six great ones…
By Sapna Rao

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Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £34 | Paula's Choice

This product went viral for a reason. Dubbed by TikTok users as ‘transformational’ for textured, blemish prone or scarred skin, you’ve got salicylic acid to thank for that. This powerful ingredient removes dead skin cells at speed, but the benefits don’t stop there. It’s also full of anti-inflammatory properties to minimise future breakouts. The best bit? It’s gentle and it helps other products work harder, so any moisturisers or serums will better absorb for best results.

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Liquid Exfoliator, £60 | Soho Skin

The best product for de-clogging pores, this gentle acid exfoliator promises to leave skin feeling smoother and brighter. Lactic acid is ideal for balancing and brightening uneven skin tone, while succinic acid smooths crepe-y skin and starts re-texturising it for long-term improvement. Finally, glycogen supports collagen production to leave behind a supple, bouncy and hydrated complexion.

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Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic, £23 (was £30) | Ren

This tonic offers quick and noticeable results. It uses a gentle yet powerful lactic acid as well as willow bark extract to get rid of excess product build-up, dead skin and uneven tone and texture. While you have to be careful about when you apply it – skin will become more sensitive to light after use – the benefits are worth it. Try to use it at night and always wear SPF the morning after.

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Radiance Toner With 2% Vitamin C + Lemon Verbena Water, £16.90 | Typology

Typology is known for using naturally derived ingredients and clean formulas, so if you’re on the sensitive side and want a gentler exfoliator, make this your go-to. Lightweight and water-like, it’s formulated like a toner and uses a concentrated dose of actives, including vitamin C and lemon verbena to lift and brighten.

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The Texture Tonic, £57 | Tatcha

Rather than relying on a high percentage of a single ingredient in its products, Tatcha balances them with gently effective Japanese botanicals like mugwort. Not only a serious hydration booster, regular use results in a plumper, brighter complexion – plus, additions like niacinamide will work on scarring to ensure a more even skin tone moving forward.

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Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution, £58 | Summer Fridays

Designed to be a multi-use hero, this potent treatment tackles dullness, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, congestion, dryness and even fine lines. Using lactic and glycolic acid, the ingredients trigger the skin’s natural resurfacing process to diminish fine lines and discolouration, and keep pores clearer and smaller.

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