During my teenage years, I looked forward to a specific aspect of aging: the end of breakouts and difficult skin. But as it turns out, your skin doesn’t register your birthday and subsequently agree to cooperate. I’m continually reminded of this lesson with every hormonal breakout and bout of dryness, and this summer, it’s being relayed by the most congested skin of my entire existence.
The relentless heat and subsequent sweat is also to blame for the clogged nature of my skin. In my quest to return my skin to normalcy, I have come to rely heavily on Glo Skin Beauty — first, its Hydra-Bright Exfoliant and now, the Beta-Clarity BHA Drops.
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I consider the Beta-Clarity BHA Drops to be a toner-like serum thanks to the chemical exfoliant salicylic acid and glycolic acid. The serum is also made with retinol and panthenol (vitamin B). The smart combination of these active ingredients sheds dead skin cells, removes the bacteria and oils that cause blemishes, speeds up cell renewal, and repairs damaged tissue. In effect, this means a smoother complexion, lightened dark spots, minimized acne, de-congested pores, and moisturized skin. It’s a tall order, but let me tell you, the Beta-Clarity BHA Drops actually do all of that.
I reach for it when my skin tells me to, rather than according to skin/order-of-skincare-products-day-night” data-ylk=”slk:a specific routine” class=”link “a specific routine — that means once every few days or twice a day. For example, if it rains for a few days and the blistering heat is brought down to a breathable, comfortable warmth without swampy humidity, I use the BHA Drops less often. But recently, there are beads of sweat on my face throughout the