Your skin is constantly shedding skin cells. When this happens, smoother skin cells push their way up to the skin's surface. However, as you age, the rate at which your body sheds dull and dead skin cells begins to slow down.
In the simplest terms, exfoliation is physically or chemically removing those dead and dulling skin cells. Exfoliating helps speed up your skin's process and helps it to behave younger.
Physical exfoliators work against the top layers of the skin to remove dead, dulling surface cells via rubbing and sloughing. These can include crystals, micro-fine granules and natural beads.
Instead of physically sloughing the dead cells away, chemical exfoliants dissolve the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together. Chemical exfoliators penetrate deeper into the skin and can be a great option for skin that has deep congestion, is more resistive, or can't tolerate physically scrubbing their face.
Don't be put off by the word "chemical" – while it may sound negative, it's just a descriptive term for how the ingredients perform.
Hi Nancy, I see you have three exfoliators, Skin Editor, Measured Micrograins and Quick Refiner. It’s really a question your skin type and sensitivity level. If your skin can tolerate all three (both physical and chemical), you can rotate them, weekly or bi-weekly. Use Skin Editor every night for two weeks, and then stop, switching to Measured Micrograins scrub for two weeks, etc. As for the Radiance Rescue, this is a mask that you can use at night, as often as needed. Leave it on for 10 minutes or longer, then remove and apply your Sleepwear. This mask can be applied all over the face and around the eyes. Power Peptide is your toner, so you would use it morning and night after you rinse off your cleanser. Absolute Moisture is a moisturizer that can be applied on top of your Recovery Serum during the day, underneath your sunscreen.