Many of us grew up with one type of exfoliation: those rough apricot scrubs and you’d rub your face raw… yikes! But good news: we’ve moved past this in our exfoliation journey and there’s plenty more options out there for your skin.
Exfoliation is a key part in your skincare routine. It removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin which makes your skin dull and clogs your pores. By exfoliating a few times, a week, you remove these dead skin cells and reveal the fresh skin underneath.
As we age, this cell turnover slows down, so as the years pass, exfoliating becomes more important too.
- We lose about 500 million skin cells a day and exfoliating helps slough away these dead skin cells and dirt from the skin.
- It improves the efficacy of your moisturiser and other products.
- Helps even out your skin tone.
- Your makeup will apply better.
- Creates a natural glow.
- Smooths your skin texture.
So, let’s dive into the different types of exfoliating and what might work for you.
Physical exfoliating is probably the type of scrub you’re most familiar with. They use a scrubbing agent like sugar to physically buff away the top layer of the skin.
However: many of these may be too harsh for certain skin types.
The plus: you often see (and feel) an instant difference after rinsing off, so great for a quick fix.
You may prefer physical exfoliants for the body as the skin tends to be tougher and less delicate – so can handle a little manual scrubbing. You’ll often find physical scrubs featuring things like sugar, salt, coffee or even ground up shells to act as the manual exfoliant.
Physical exfoliation also includes tools: think dermaplaning, a brush/scrubbing pad.