Regardless of your skin type, regular exfoliation of your skin can leave your complexion looking much healthier, glowing and radiant.
Regardless of your skin type, regular exfoliation of your skin can leave your complexion looking much healthier, glowing and radiant. Knowing the basics of exfoliation and how often you should exfoliate will help you to get your skin into the best condition possible.
If you’re looking to achieve a beautiful complexion with exfoliation then our guide will show you how.
What is an exfoliator?
A facial exfoliator helps to remove dead skin cells that contribute to dull and dry looking skin.
Why should I exfoliate?
Exfoliation of the skin leaves skin looking much smoother, softer and allows serums and moisturisers to sink into the skin better meaning these treatments have much better effects on the skin. As the skin is constantly producing new cells, older skin cells rise to the surface of the skin before eventually dying and becoming filled with keratin. Whilst keratin protects our skin, skin cells end up removing themselves to make way for newer cells. As our skin gets older, cell turnover starts to slow down causing cells to build up on the surface of the skin resulting in rough, dry skin. Therefore, regular exfoliation helps to reveal smoother and fresher skin at the surface.
The different types of exfoliators available
Regular exfoliators the standard type of facial exfoliators are generally creamy or gel based with grains or beads to really exfoliate the surface of the skin. Whilst these exfoliators can really help to remove dead skin cells, they can be slightly harsher than other types of skincare so it’s best to use these less often though it depends on your skin type.
Chemical exfoliators chemical exfoliators usually include enzymes, betahydroxy acids (BHAs) or alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) to break down the substance that holds skin cells together and thus removing cells from the surface of the skin. It’s best to check your skin type before purchasing a chemical exfoliator as they may feel slightly tingly on the skin during use. It’s also a good idea to follow use with a good moisturiser.
Finding an exfoliator for your skin and how often you should exfoliate
For oily or combination skin oily or combination skins should look for an exfoliator that offers oil control, such as Bioderma Sebium Exfoliating Purifying Gel. A product such as this offers deep cleansing of the pores to remove impurities and control oil whilst containing micro beads to softly exfoliate the skin. It’s best to use this type of exfoliator once a week as overuse could cause the skin to dry out. Using once a week will help to keep the skin soft, smooth and balanced.
Dry dry skin types should look for an exfoliator with hydrating properties in order to add moisture to the skin. A product, such as the LOccitane Angelica Exfoliating Gel is perfect for dry skin as it contains micro beads to gently exfoliate and boost circulation as well as angelica oil add a burst of moisture. Its best used once or twice a week to avoid over exfoliation and to leave your complexion looking healthy.
Sensitive sensitive skin types should look for very gentle formulations that aren’t too abrasive for the skin. The Nuxe Gentle Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals is ideal for sensitive skin as it’s formulated without parabens. It also contains 100% vegetal exfoliants, lychee seed extracts and walnut shell powder to gently exfoliate whilst purifying. Its best used once a week as over stimulating sensitive skin can cause irritation.
Normal normal skin types have the luxury of choosing from a majority of exfoliators. The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is perfect for normal skin types as its gentle enough to be used daily. With a formula that’s rice based enzyme powder, it combines with water to create a formulation that gently exfoliates the skin to smooth and brighten whilst helping to dissolve excess surface skin cells. Another great scrub for normal skin is the Apivita Express Beauty with Olive Exfoliant with olive seeds to renew, soften and cleanse for glowing skin. Its best used twice a week for maximum effect.
Mature ageing skins could use a chemical exfoliator, such as the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner which is formulated with glycolic acid to gently exfoliate without thinning the skin. Whilst it states to be used every 2 to 3 days it’s perfectly fine to use daily. It needs to be used with an SPF either on the day of use or day after use to protect the skin. However, it leaves skin glowing and ready for serum or moisturiser. Mature skins could also try the asap daily exfoliating facial scrub which contains glycolic acid and AHAs to effectively remove dead skin cells and stimulate collagen. It’s suitable to be used daily, however dry but ageing skin should use it less in order to maintain good hydration levels.
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