The good news is the perfect exfoliant exists for every skin type. So whether you’re dealing with acne, aging, sensitivity or discoloration, make sure you work an exfoliant into your routine.
Trust us, your skin will thank you.
Here’s everything you need to know about exfoliating:
A gentle yet powerful exfoliation method, enzymes have the ability to devour dead skin cells. Usually derived from fruits, several popular enzymes come from papaya, pumpkin and pineapple, all of which are effective in brightening and smoothing the skin.
Enzyme exfoliators are a great option for anyone, even if your skin is on the dry or sensitive side.
For something a bit stronger than enzymes, chemical exfoliants pack a bigger punch. Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are both helpful in achieving gorgeous, glowy skin.
You’ve probably head of the most common AHAs, like glycolic, lactic and mandelic. These acids all come from natural substances, and they work by dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together.
AHAs are ideal for most skin types, even mature and photo damaged skin.
BHA (Salicylic Acid) clean deep into the pores, working to also dissolve oil and dead skin. As an added bonus, they remove bacteria and calm inflammation.
This type of chemical exfoliator is perfect for those struggling with acne-prone or oily skin.
We’re all familiar with physical exfoliants. Facial scrubs, brushes and microdermabrasion are all great ways to physically remove dead skin… When used correctly. Many scrubs contain ingredients that are too abrasive and can actually cause micro-tears in the skin. For this reason, it’s best to avoid scrubs containing nutshells or fruit pits, and to use a gentle hand when using physical exfoliants.
Most skin conditions can benefit from physical exfoliation, but those with super sensitive skin, rosacea or serious acne may want to consider one of the options listed above instead.
Now that you’re an exfoliation expert, check out some of our favorite, all natural, non-toxic products that will allow you to put your best face forward: