Exfoliation is key for smooth, glowing skin. It clears away the dead, dull top layer to reveal the radiance beneath. Regular exfoliation can unclog pores, even your complexion and reduce acne.
There are two kinds of exfoliants, physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants help to eliminate surface cells while chemical exfoliants go deeper to aid and actually stimulate cell renewal.
We've probably all tried a physical exfoliant at some point in our lives in the form of a face scrub or a spin brush. Dermabrasion is another option. You're aiding your cell's turnover rate by buffing away dead cells to keep the top layer fresh. Make sure to steer clear of any products that use fruit or nut seed exfoliants as these can cause micro-tears in your skin that can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Chemical exfoliants work by removing the top layer of skin by weakening the lipids that bond it together. They usually come in the form of either alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).
AHAs are good for anti-aging and evening skin tone. They usually come in the form of glycolic, lactic or fruit acid. Since glycolic acid has the smallest molecule it can get deep into your skin, increasing overall thickness by boosting collagen and elastin production. Lactic acid is best for sensitive skin and improves discoloration, age spots, and pH imbalances. It's more gentle than glycolic acid which can cause redness and irritation.
BHAs are better for oily, acne-prone skin. They are usually in the form of salicylic acid. BHAs are compatible with your natural oils so they can get deep into your pores to cleanse and clear them.
Chemical exfoliants come in many products like cleansers, wash-off peels, serums, peel pads, and moisturizers. Keep in mind that they have to be on your skin for a while in order to be effective so a leave-on treatment such as a facemask will be more effective than a cleanser.
While exfoliation a part of every effective skincare routine, it's also super important not to overdo it. Overusing exfoliants can lead to dryness, irritation, hyperpigmentation, and redness. Stick to once a week until you can gauge your skin's reaction and depending on concentration, three times a week might be enough. In general, people with more oily skin will need to exfoliate more often as the oil can trap pollutants and make it hard to shed dead skin cells.
Try to exfoliate at night as it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. If you can't swing that, always use sunscreen after to make sure you're protected.
Shop our Radiance Boosting Serum with caviar limes and plums sourced from the rainforests of Australia. The lime acts as an AHA to gently exfoliate while the plum balances and protects the new skin.
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