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This Bubbling, Enzyme-Packed Cleanser Is Like a Gentle Peel and a Face Wash All in One

Zoe Weiner

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Summer skin has its own specific set of needs. With increased sweat and humidity comes increased oiliness, and more time outdoors means that you should be upping the ante on protective ingredients. While there are certain swaps that dermatologists recommend making to your entire routine—like adding an exfoliant, doubling down on antioxidants, and opting for lighter hydrating ingredients—we found a cleanser that will help you meet nearly every single one of your complexion’s warm-weather demands.

The Alpyn Beauty Creamy Bubbling Cleanser With Fruit Enzymes and AHAs ($35) combines gently exfoliating ingredients with antioxidants to create a foamy formula that’s perfect for keeping summer breakouts and skin damage at bay. “Consider a foaming cleanser or one that contains hydroxy acids to cleanse during warmer months,” Joshua Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC, previously told Well+Good. These types of cleansers, he says, are better for cutting through dirt and oil than their creamy counterparts, which make them ideal at a time when these factors are at an annual high.


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The cleanser’s exfoliating abilities come from a combination of papaya enzymes and AHAs, which work together to gently melt away dead skin cells. It’s also got vitamin C to help to protect against environmental aggressors like pollution, which is especially important during the months when we all tend to spend more time outside. Finally, there’s hyaluronic acid, which acts like a sponge and to draw in the hydrating ingredients from the rest of your routine and lock them under your skin’s surface, leaving your complexion moisturized long after you’ve lathered and rinsed.

The only thing better than the cleanser’s stacked ingredient list is the user experience it offers. Though it exits the bottle as a cream, when combined with water it bubbles up into a sudsy lather that feels like a spa-worthy experience. Summer skin—and the issues it brings about—don’t stand a chance.

For more tips on exfoliation best practices, check out the video below.

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