Why do I need to exfoliate you ask? When dead skin cells begin to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough and dry. When this happens you may experience excess oil and clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts. In a perfect world we would all remember to exfoliate our skin twice weekly, but we get busy, run out of product and fall out of our skin care routine. Well, Spring is here and it is time to slough off all of that dead Winter skin and shine! Here is the down-low on facial exfoliants and how to use them properly.
There are two types of exfoliants: physical and chemical. Both have the same function- slough off dead skin and clean out pores for smoother looking skin- but in very different ways. Using an exfoliant properly can benefit your skin in many ways by helping your moisturizers, serums and treatments absorb much efficiently. In return, your skin will look fresh and healthy!
PHYSICAL EXFOLIANTS - Can include small grains/beads, brushes or a scalpel (dermaplaning). This method of exfoliation can be effective, yet it is important to know if you are choosing a scrub to avoid nut fruit pits and nut shells. Uneven, sharp exfoliating agents can cause micro-tears to the skin which does not allow the skin to heal properly. Instead choose small perfect spheres in your exfoliant, like Glo Skin Beauty Refresh Facial Polish (contains
Want to opt for a brush exfoliant? My favorite cleansing brush is the Clarisonic Brush, which is a must have for every woman especially those who wear makeup, have congested pores or want to smooth the texture of their skin. Use your favorite facial cleanser with this brush in the evening to deep cleanse the skin as well as exfoliate away any dead skin cells.
Want to leave your physical exfoliation to the pros? Try microdermabrasion or dermaplaning. They both offer more exfoliation that you can achieve at home, but both offer different benefits. Microdermabrasion uses suction along with a diamond tip wand to gently remove the thicker, uneven outlayer of the skin. This treatment is great for scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks. Dermaplaning is performed using a scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. Another perk to dermaplaning is the removal of all "peach fuzz" on the face, leaving your skin baby soft!
CHEMICAL EXFOLIANTS - Same as physical exfoliants, chemical exfoliants, break up dead skin cells to reveal bright, clean skin. These chemicals are also great for smoothing and brightening the skin! Peels, masks, serums, etc. are a couple examples of chemical exfoliants. There are a couple different types of chemicals to look out for: AHA's and BHA's. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are derived from fruit, sugar and milk. AHA's are great for dry skin because it can break up the "glue" that holds dead skin cells together. BHA's penetrate deeper into the skin to clean pores and exfoliate more intensely. BHA's also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which is great for acne/ breakout prone skin. Need an extra gentle exfoliant? Try fruit enzymes for mild exfoliating results.
It is possible to use both exfoliants at once to experience the best results! Try using a physical exfoliant that contains an AHA or a BHA or during your next skincare appointment try dermaplaning to achieve the best results out of your chemical peel.
Thank you for reading and happy sloughing!