Naturally, your skin sheds its top layer every 28 days. Overtime as we age this process can become slower and slower, and may need a helping hand so new, fresh skin can form the top layer of skin. If this process doesn’t occur, or occurs much slower, than dead skin accumulates leading to rough, dry, flaky skin that can look dull and tired. Exfoliation works by assisting this natural process and speeding it up, normally through a product that either a physical or chemical exfoliant.
What is a physical exfoliator?
A physical exfoliant works by manually removing built up dead skin, through abrasive textures to buff unwanted skin off. These textured particles are great for a thicker, dryer skin type. Combined with a cream-based formula an exfoliator can also offer anti-ageing and hydrating properties.
In the Cellbone range the Collagen Rice Rejuvenating Scrub is a great option for all skin types, working by removing dead skin cells, unblocking pores, soothing and calming skin with anti-inflammatory ingredients and restoring moisture/elasticity. This can be used 1-3 times per week, depending on your skin type.
What is a chemical exfoliant?
A chemical exfoliant normally come sin the form of an acid – whether that be lactic, salicylic or and AHA/BHA solution, that gently dissolves and dislodge dead skin from the surface. By gently loosening the upper layer of skin, this can also clean out pores and treat congested skin types. A reddened/sensitive skin would shy away from strong chemical exfoliants and go for a lighter, less intense formula.
The Active Skin Smoother is a refreshing yet powerful liquid exfoliator, containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid and Centella extract. It is a powerful yet non-irritating serum that is great for all skin types. Plus, its action against bacteria and inflammation makes it great to use as a spot treatment on breakouts. These active ingredients also treat scarring and pigmentation, making a great all rounder for most skins!
Benefits of incorporating an exfoliant:
- Unclogs pores
- Treat acne
- Smooths the skin
- Improves hydration levels
- Improves the absorption of other skincare products
- Stimulates blood flow
- Preps the skin for makeup
There is such thing as too much exfoliating, which can severely inhibit the skins health by stripping it of its natural oils and wearing down the delicate skin barrier. We recommend speaking to your dermal therapist to prescribe which exfoliant and how often to use. Happy exfoliating everyone!
By Riley McDonald