WHAT IS CHEMICAL EXFOLIATION?
Chemical exfoliation involves the use of enzymes, beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid to remove dead skin cell build-up from the surface of your skin. No scrubbing required!
- BHAs: BHAs like salicylic acid can be used for chemical exfoliation. Salicylic acid removes dead skin and improves the tone and texture of sun-exposed skin.
- AHAs: AHAs include glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric acids. Skin care products formulated with AHAs help to smooth fine lines and surface wrinkles, unblock pores and improve the skin’s appearance. The effectiveness of these products will depend on the concentration of the AHAs, the pH and the other ingredients in the formula.
AHAs like glycolic acid can leave your skin quite sensitive to the sun, so make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning. Practice safe sun protection measures, including limiting your time in the sun (especially during the peak hours of 10am-2pm), seeking shade when possible, and covering up exposed areas with pants, long sleeves, a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunnies.
- Enzymes: AHAs and BHAs seem to get all the attention, but enzymes are another option for chemical exfoliation. Enzymes can also improve skin texture and tone, and they can exfoliate skin and improve clarity with less irritation than acid treatments.
OUR BEST CHEMICAL EXFOLIANT
If you’re looking to give chemical exfoliation a go, try our best chemical exfoliant for sensitive skin.
Revitalift Laser X3 Glycolic Pads: Formulated with glycolic acid, these double-sided peel pads help to remove dead skin cells and boost your daily anti-ageing routine. Your skin will look more radiant, wrinkles reduced, skin tone more unified and skin rebalanced. Use nightly on clean skin, applying in a circular motion to your face while avoiding the eye and lip area.
Editor’s note: When adding an exfoliant to your routine, either chemical or physical, pay attention to how often you are exfoliating your skin. Some of you can handle daily exfoliation, whilst others may only be able to handle exfoliating once per week. Watch how your skin responds to see what works best for you.
WHAT IS PHYSICAL EXFOLIANT?
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OUR BEST PHYSICAL EXFOLIANTS
Keen to give physical exfoliation a try? We’ve gathered our favourite exfoliating skin care products below:
Pure Clay Exfoliating Red Algae Face Mask: This clay mask helps to gently exfoliate dull, uneven skin to reveal your natural glow. The creamy texture illuminates your skin—without drying it out. Apply an even layer of the face mask to clean, dry skin, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes. Remove with water in circular motions, and use three times a week for best results.
Pure Clay Red Algae Exfoliating Face Scrub: If you’re wondering how to exfoliate your face, look no further. This face scrub combines three Pure Clays with the cleansing properties of Red Algae extract. It absorbs impurities and excess oils, rebalances the skin, refines pores and exfoliates the skin’s surface. The end result: smooth, fresh and radiant looking skin!
Sugar Scrubs Glow Face Scrub: Combining three fine sugars with Grape Seed Oil, this face scrub will give you a radiant complexion and baby-soft feeling skin. It’s formulated with 100% naturally sourced exfoliants rich in essential oils, and contains brightening ingredients like Vitamin E, Mono Oil and Acai Power for a smooth finish.
Sugar Scrubs Purifying Face Scrub: In addition to three fine sugars, this scrub also contains Kiwi Seeds, Peppermint Oil and Lemongrass Oil. It will exfoliate and visibly reduce blackheads, blemishes, and soothe and purify the skin.
Sugar Scrubs Anti Fatigue Scrub: We smell coffee! This scrub contains Coffee Grains, Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut Oil to reduce puffiness and smooth fatigue lines. Its energising properties will boost skin vitality—and wake you up in the process!
To use any of the above face scrubs, use dry fingers to apply a small amount onto clean, dry skin. Then wet hands and massage the face scrub over your face, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use three times a week for best results.
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