Skin looking dull, dry, or congested? Want skin that's smooth, silky, and even in tone? Looking to erase scarring and imperfections? Exfoliation is the key to the complexion you're looking for!
There are tons of different ways to exfoliate, and every skin type and concern benefits differently from the various types of exfoliators. We've got tons of information to help you find the skin-slougher of your dreams in our Ultimate Guide to Exfoliators.
From scrubs to acids to enzymes and more, there's a wide world of ways to give your skin that freshly buffed glow you're after. Check out the articles in our guide to answer your questions, get product recommendations, and more.
Exfoliation is a key step in anyone’s beauty routine. Removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface can help with a multitude of issues, from boosting your natural glow to fading scarring and hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation can also improve dry skin, as removing dead cells makes it easier for hydrating ingredients to do their job. We’ve got all the bases covered with exfoliation in this guide, so you can reveal the glowing skin you’ve got hidden underneath those extra layers.
The use of exfoliators can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, when men and women used harsh masks and abrasive botanical ingredients to exfoliate. As time went on, approaches as dangerous as sandpaper, UV radiation, and fire were used to exfoliate the skin. Sound crazy? We know! That’s why we’ve got a comprehensive guide to safe exfoliators for every skin type. Whether it’s a rough body buff or a gentle facial exfoliant, we’ll help you discover what's best for your skin.
Exfoliation helps assist in the natural process of 'desquamation', or dead skin cells loosening from the surface of the skin on their own. While desquamation does happen naturally, skin’s regenerative functions begin to slow as you age, so the natural process of cell turnover slows down, too. At the optimal rate, you're looking at 25 to 30 days for a full cycle of cell turnover. As you age, that period can increase to anywhere between 45 and 60 days. Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin left behind by lack of cell turnover.
Contrary to popular belief, there are many different types of exfoliators. No need to worry about using a harsh scrub if you’re sensitive; there are other options out there.
- Physical exfoliators are your classic scrubs, rich in abrasive particles that, with physical action (rubbing or gently massaging into the skin), remove dead skin cells.
- Mechanical exfoliators include washable, reusable tools that remove dead skin with fibres or bristles. Whilst technically physical exfoliators, exfoliating mitts, brushes, sponges, flannels, and the like are a bit different from consumable products such as scrubs.
- Chemical exfoliators are generally acids, commonly referred to as 'peels' or 'treatments'. These products loosen the layer of dead skin, mimicking the natural desquamation process and helping to sweep away dead skin without any rubbing or movement. The types of chemical exfoliators used over the counter are nowhere near as harsh as professional peels.
- Enzyme exfoliators use natural catalysts to target dead skin. Enzymes gently eat away at dead skin cells on the skin’s surface to resurface and brighten.
So hop into the Ultimate Guide to Exfoliators to find out which method of removing dead skin suits you best. We’ve answered all your exfoliator questions!