Well, the exfoliation results are finally in....and I have to say that the St. Ives. Apricot beat out the Clinique 7 Day by just a bit. The St. Ives side of my face feels and looks slightly smoother, with slightly smaller pores.
THAT BEING SAID, I was reminded, when I read this at Marie Claire, that peels might be a better choice for many of us.
Skip the granular exfoliants in favor of . "Acids like lactic and glycolic-typically in at-home peels-stimulate production, plump up skin with moisture, and smooth its surface," says NYC dermatologist Dr. Virgil Hatcher. "You want to slough off the that trap pimple-producing oil." A series of in-office peels, stronger than the at-home versions, deliver antiaging and antiacne power in one punch. Prescription retinoids (Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, and Renova) are another more aggressive option.
Do It Yourself: L'Oreal Paris AcneResponse Intensive Adult Acne Peel Kit has it all: a gentle cleanser that preps skin for a 2 percent salicylic acid peel and a neutralizing moisturizer with soothing botanicals to deter redness. (From Marie Claire http://www.marieclaire.com/hair-beauty/skin-care-how-to/skin-exfoliation)
So my next experiment will be with with salicylic and glycolic L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise ReNoviste Anti-Aging Glycolic Peel Kitpeels. Stay tuned for the results!