According to popular belief, exfoliating daily is damaging for your skin. But how true is this in 2018? We say it’s a myth. It may have been true back when harsh mechanical scrubs were the only option, but with today’s innovations toward gentler options, it’s simply an outdated beauty rule.
Now, don’t get us wrong—we’re not telling you to buff away at your skin every chance you get. Like with any skincare endeavor, it still requires caution in terms of choosing the right products. Nowadays, exfoliants come in all sorts of varying strengths—many of them made specifically for daily use! Your safest bet? Start with exfoliating toners.

These mild chemical exfoliants contain small concentrations of acids that break down dead skin cells. Usually diluted with hydrating and soothing ingredients, they’re gentle enough to be used daily without any risk of damage. We list 4 of our personal faves, below!

1. By Wishtrend Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water, P1,250 If you’ve got particularly sensitive skin, start with this 5% mandelic acid treatment. This mild AHA features a large molecular size that works mostly on the surface of the skin. Over time, it refines the skin tone, smoothens out texture, and even calms acne with its anti-inflammatory properties. Enhanced with sodium hyaluronate, it also locks in moisture to prevent any dryness from exfoliation. Suitable for all skin types!

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2. COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, now on sale at P657 (limited time only) A Holy Grail in the K-beauty community, this exfoliating spray is one option that won’t disappoint. It contains a delicate combination of AHA and BHA acids. While AHAs lift away dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, BHAs penetrate deeper into pores to dissolve more deep-seated impurities. This results in a more thorough detox, targeting both hard-to-remove blackheads and coarse, dull skin.

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3. ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Toner, P990 This low pH toner had over a 2,000-person waitlist on SokoGlam for a reason! While it doesn’t contain any acids, it does have a 10% concentration of licorice root water. This natural ingredient is known to boost the skin’s luminosity and reduce acne flare-ups. On top of that, many users also report how effectively this toner removes stubborn dirt—even after cleansing.

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4. BareMNL Glycolic Toner, P200 On a tight budget? Stretch your pesos with this locally-made glycolic toner. Made with glycolic acid as its star ingredient, this skin-refining treatment polishes coarse skin texture and speeds up cellular turnover. This results in a younger-looking complexion with fewer blemishes and wrinkles. A miracle-worker for aging, lackluster skin!

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