Exfoliation is a necessity for all skin types, even sensitive, if you want healthy, happy skin. The benefits of exfoliating your skin are plentiful. Regularly exfoliating can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even prevent them from worsening. It can also help unclog pores, reduce hyperpigmentation, minimize the appearance of dark under eye circles and crows feet, and lessen excess oil production.
The key is to find the right exfoliator for your skin type. There are two main categories of skin exfoliation: chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation. Within those categories there are a multitude of products formulated specifically for different skin types. Keep reading to see the best chemical exfoliators and physical scrubs for your skin.
This form of exfoliating includes products that chemically dissolve the intercellular glue that holds dead (keratinized) skin cells together. This type of skin exfoliation penetrates the upper layers of the skin for a more complete removal of dead surface cells.
The following three chemical exfoliant choices can be used for chemical exfoliation at home or in the treatment room:
THE SKIN PERFECTOR: The unique, breakthrough formula of Skin Editor uses dual-depth glycolic and lactic acid chemical exfoliation to completely transform skin. This powerful exfoliator works to edit skin imperfections and correct long-term damage without any harsh skin-stripping or surface scraping. Almost like an at home chemical peel, this elegant leave-on formula rewrites your skin's history.
THE LEAVE-ON GEL: The chemical exfoliant Quick Refiner is a leave-on gel exfoliant that visibly smoothes skin with powerful alpha hydroxy acids including glycolic and multi-fruit acids. Quick Refiner is for most skin types from very dry to very oily, but not for those with easily sensitized skin. This is a great option if you need a deeper skin exfoliation, or dislike the feeling of physical facial scrubs.
THE UNDER EYE EXFOLIANT: If you want to target crows feet or dark circles, use the chemical exfoliant Quick Refiner for Eyes. This fast-acting formula is designed specifically for the skin under the eyes, and is ophthalmologist tested to be gentle and safe.
THE 15-MIN PURGE MASK: The deep purging facial mask Kerafole reveals fresh, radiant skin with the help of citric and malic acids. This mask can be used 1-2 times a week or every day for 7 consecutive days as the fan-favorite "Kerafole Purge" for a complete purge of impurities.
By definition, physical exfoliation is the "brisk removal of dead surface cells via rubbing and sloughing". Basically, the dead surface cells are removed by physically sloughing crystals or micro-fine granules against the upper layers of the skin. Most skin types can opt for this form exfoliation – if they choose the right formulas:
THE GENTLE (BUT EFFECTIVE) FACIAL SCRUB: Measured Micrograins + is specifically designed for all skin types, including sensitive and unpredictable skin. Natural, eco-friendly jojoba beads exfoliate physically while the potent Chinese herbs, aloe, oatmeal and allantoin soothe and strengthen the skin. This is the ideal exfoliation choice for sensitive skin.
THE MICRODERMABRASION IN A JAR: Want a spa-like experience at home? Exfoliate at home with Pumice Peel. This formula provides a manual microdermabrasion that buffs away dullness, fine lines and problem pores with ultra-fine pumice crystals. This physical scrub is ideal for those who do not have sensitive skin and want stronger physical exfoliation.
Want to physically exfoliate your body? Read about dry brushing here.
When it comes to physical and chemical exfoliation, less is more – so don't overdo it. Aim to exfoliate just 1-3 times a week, depending on the products you use and your sensitivity level. If you're using a physical exfoliator, make sure to scrub lightly with gentle pressure. Too much pressure causes injury to the skin.
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