One of the easiest ways to boost our skin glow is to help it clear up! So, let’s exfoliate then, people!
What is the exfoliation method that suits your skin type?
Dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin may prefer just a face towel and a mild chemical exfoliator, as mechanical exfoliation may be too harsh and irritating for their skin type.
Those with oily, thicker skin may want to use stronger chemical treatments or mechanical exfoliation.
if you have a darker skin tone or notice dark spots on your skin after burns, bug bites or acne breakouts, more aggressive forms of exfoliation may result in dark spots on the skin.
What is the difference between chemical or mechanical exfoliation?
The difference between these 2 approaches that chemical exfoliants use acids or enzymes to dissolve and loosen the cells, while mechanical exfoliants—products containing small particles, or any sort of textured surface, like a face towel —work by scrubbing away the dead skin and debris. The two approaches actually complement each other if used correctly, optimizing cell turnover to smooth, polish, and retexturize your skin, but not every skin type tolerates well the mechanical one.
Don’t be afraid to try and experience the product in a small area of your skin.
How often shall I exfoliate?
Beyoncé’s dermatologist, says, exfoliation should be done every day. Well, I guess it really depends on your skin type and on the product that you use.
For example, Herbivore has an amazing product Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion that can be applied daily, even twice a day, This is a mild, progressive exfoliation product to use it after cleaning your face, and before applying your other serums and moisturizers. If you have a dry skin, and you choose to use a daily exfoliation serum, add hydration serum, hydration essence into your skincare before moisturizing.
My latest favorite though is the Instant Glow Calming Exfoliator from Flower & Spices, it also contains AHA fruit acids and particles of bamboo stems. It perfectly combines the experience of chemical and mechanical exfoliator, and I love to do it no more than twice a week.
What are the king ingredients to make my exfoliation superb?
If you are into DIY receipts, it’s pretty easy to craft one made of berries, papaya, honey, yogurt, and oats. Pick any of these 2 ingredients, mix them, and leave it on for 15 min and just hydrate afterward as usual.
Now if you look for an exfoliator, these are some of the king ingredients that you should definitely look for:
Chemical exfoliators look for AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), derived from various plant sources or from milk. There are different types of them:
1. Lactic acid, which is a natural acid derived from milk or plants and is gentler than glycolic acid. if diluted it is gentle enough to exfoliate even the sensitive skin under your eyes, while higher percentages are used in certain professional-use-only chemical peels.
2. Glycolic acid, which is a powerful exfoliant, stronger than lactic acid and perfect for deep congestion, problem pores, and dull skin. if glycolic acid is diluted it can be used in everyday exfoliating products (use as a tonic if it contains approx. 5-7% of concentration).
3. Multifruit acids, which is the gentlest AHA. It is naturally-occurring, and absolutely not irritating.
4. Citric and malic acids, which are from fruit and gently dissolve the top layer of skin to smooth skin (top for addressing anti-aging concerns ☺)
Chemical exfoliators can also contain BHA exfoliant.
And If you have acne-prone skin, this is your best friend exfoliator ingredient. It is almost always referred to as salicylic acid. It works to penetrate pores and remove debris and other impurities.
Can I over-exfoliate?
Once I have read that exfoliation is the skin-care equivalent of a high-intensity sport, indeed the skin needs a day off, too.
So if your skin feels constantly raw, red, or very sensitive to the touch, or it burns whenever you put any product on it, it’s most likely over-exfoliated.
No worry, it is easy to repair damage from over-exfoliation. Just stop doing it so much!
What to use after?
Apply water-based Serum (skin is always thirsty just like me) then follow up with a moisturizer. As I exfoliate in the evening, I love to hand massage my face using a light oil, for example, the Harmony Bloom Oil from LENA WILD.