Have you ever applied a product to your face and seen it get to work right before your eyes? I’ve personally seen it happen on a few very rare occasions—one being when I first tried the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($30). It all happened so fast: I applied the liquid to a cotton pad post-cleanse, swiped it onto my face, and watched my dull, dry skin transform into something unrecognizable. If you’ve ever seen “mirror skin”—the kind of complexion that literally makes your skin reflective—and thought it was unachievable (welcome to the club), now is your time to shine.
All hype aside, the ingredients are what truly show for the product’s effectiveness. The two main players included in the formula: the all-star BHA (beta hydroxy acid), which helps the skin shed its unnecessary layers and unclog stubborn pores, and soothing green tea to improve sun damage and provide anti-aging benefits. Together, they make for a product that not only brightness lackluster skin, but clears it, too.
In an independent consumer panel, 91 percent of users reported noticeably healthier skin, 90 percent saw improved skin texture and 82 percent experienced smaller pores. While these statistics alone are enough to influence us to add-to-cart, the below transformation, which shows a user’s noticeable improvement in blemishes and texture after using the product for just three weeks, was the last extra nudge we needed to give it a try.
To use, apply the liquid to your face with a cotton pad or your hands once or twice daily after cleansing. While exfoliating twice daily might seem like overkill, the product is both gentle and formulated for sensitive skin, making it the perfect twice-per-day refresh. When applying in the morning, be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on top.
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