The Product: Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant, $90
Why: I recently started using Differin (a topical retinoid) to help control my breakouts while fighting fine lines and other aging woes. After using it for a couple of weeks, as to be expected, my skin got a bit flaky, but it also looked pretty dull.
After interviewing Dr. Jeannette Graf, assistant professor at at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, for an oily skin story I wrote for You Beauty, I realized that I needed to do a better job of exfoliating my skin. I was always under the impression that using a retinoid was pretty much the only exfoliation I needed. But according to Graf, retinoids simply regulate your sebaceous (oil) glands. Using an exfoliating ingredient like alpha hydroxy acid, on the other hand, would help slough off the outer most layer of skin. That was obviously what my skin needed.
That’s where the Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant comes in. I picked it up at Space NK when I was in New York City because it sounded like the perfect remedy to my dull skin issue. The combination ingredients: pineapple enzymes, malic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid like Graf recommended), salicylic acid, witch hazel and a whole host of other volcanic materials and essential oils sounded like a recipe for gorgeous skin. And, after using it for about a month, I can say that it is. My skin feels smoother and I definitely have my glow back. While it’s pricy, using no more than a teaspoon at a time (the recommended amount) will make this jar last for some time. So far, I think it’s totally worth the splurge.