An Exfoliating Serum That Helps Keep Pores Clear Longer Between Facials

Let’s Just Get to the Point:
The supercharged Phyto-C Active Serum (starts at $67) contains a blend of acids that work overtime to keep blackheads and pimples at bay while imparting anti-aging benefits.

Key Ingredients: Salicylic, mandelic and lactic acids, and arbutin

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Managing my oily, blackhead-prone skin is a special project all its own. To stop my pores from becoming clogged, I find that nightly exfoliation is key. While I like to use a physical scrub once a week, most evenings I use either an exfoliating toner or an exfoliating serum. Phyto-C Active Serum features an impressive blend of acids like salicylic, glycolic, lactic, kojic and mandelic. I like that the serum yields a cool, refreshing tingle when you apply it, but isn’t a total peppermint-on-my-face sensation that lasts beyond a few minutes. It also provides a barely detectable, subtle scent that doesn’t irritate my skin or compete with my fragrance. It boasts an elegant texture and absorbs quickly without leaving my skin slick or oily, nor dried out.

After a few weeks of use, I noticed my skin overall looked clear and smooth, thanks to the cell-renewing capabilities of this cocktail of ingredients. My pores looked a bit smaller too, and definitely less clogged, leaving a smoother, more uniform skin tone as a canvas for makeup. I would use this serum all over in the summer months and to treat my T-zone in the colder winter months.

This blend of acids also has anti-aging benefits due to its supercharged formula. I noticed fine lines and wrinkles were softened after a few weeks of use and the overall texture on my face and neck (necks are often neglected from an exfoliation perspective, so make sure to extend your product there and also on your décolleté, to be absolutely thorough).