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For head-turning, next-level radiant skin, exfoliation needs to be part of your skin-care routine. There are many ways to exfoliate aka remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your stratum corneum. Which one you go for is entirely up to you!
Exfoliation comes in 2 types, chemical and physical. Head over onto our Ultimate Guide to Acids for Skincare page to get the lowdown on chemical exfoliation using hydroxy acids, because this particular deep dive is going to focus on different ways to achieve exfoliation, which are:
- an exfoliating scrub
- a wash-off exfoliating treatment
- a leave-on exfoliating treatment
Combining the groundbreaking properties of both physical and chemical or enzymatic exfoliants, a scrub is a fantastic facial exfoliator to refine skin texture and clarity and rid skin of congestion and impurities. For sensitive skin types we have a gentle scrub option for you too!
Physical exfoliation had a bad time for a while there but we’re here to say - physical scrubs are not as bad as the rumours insist. Physical exfoliation when done right is excellent at manually dislodging dirt and stripping away surface cells with textured bits and grainy particles is often more effective than relying on high percentages of acids to break through initial buildup.
A dual exfoliator is where the party is at. We’re declining rough, bumpy skin and RSVPing no to congestion and build up with a combination of a chemical exfoliant and a physical scrub for super smooth, super soft skin. The Anti Ageing 3 Fruit Enzymes Exfoliating Scrub & Mask contains a gentle scrub particle plus enzymes, while the Resurfacing Micro Dermabrasion Facial Exfoliating Scrub contains a gentle scrub particle plus glycolic acid.
A wash-off treatment is going to be a product you only use once-a-week for a powerhouse blend of chemical exfoliants (think mandelic, lactic, glycolic and salicylic acid). A super effective exfoliant that works to gently dissolve dead skin cells for next-day visible improvement and glow.
Opt for a creamy exfoliating mask if a peel just isn't your thing. The Vitamin C & Enzymes Rehydrating Treatment Mask is gentle enough to be used as a sleeping mask for the ultimate skin boost. Containing fruit enzymes from papaya and pineapple gently exfoliate away dead skin cells to renew and revitalise the complexion.
A wash-off chemical exfoliant is usually going to be the strongest type of exfoliant. If your skin is resilient then this is a good option for show-stopping results.
Much more gentle than a peel or mask, a leave-on exfoliating product easily slots into your daily routine for not only regular exfoliation benefits but also hydrating and soothing nourishment.
A leave-on exfoliant is handy for those who don’t like the process of a mask or peel. Also a little easier to incorporate into your routine as you simply add another step in your routine. Whether you use a toner after your cleanse, or layer on an extra serum, or simply swap your moisture cream for one that includes gentle AHAs/BHAs. No waiting around with a mask on your face or worrying about how long you’ve left your peel on for.
Ideal for beginners in particular for this reason, a leave-on exfoliant is a gentle-yet-effective active product that also contains ingredients to help hydrate, calm and nourish the skin. Helping to avoid over-exfoliation and the dreaded damaged skin barrier.
It is easy to over-do exfoliation so it isn’t an everyday necessity. Our suggestion for best exfoliation practice is to start once a week to ensure the skin has a chance to rest and rejuvenate itself. Gradually move up to twice a week. Trying the Skin Cycling Method is a great way to get the most out of your exfoliation and ensuring the skin is also hydrated and healthy.