which exfoliant is best for you?

Shed what’s dead – When and how should you exfoliate?

Lets face it, as we develop in ‘maturity’ (ahem… age) those amazing teeny tiny skin cells just don’t renew as fast as they used to. Instead of being jealous of adorable little babies for having such beautiful and soft skin, follow along while we dive into what you need to know about exfoliating.

Do you feel like no creams or lotion seem to do their work, or your skin feels rough?

It may be true (sigh). If you don’t exfoliate on a regular basis, the luxurious feeling of lotions, creams, and serums may just be resting on your top layer skin and don’t always permeate the surface. This can be a huge contributor to build up of product, dead skin cells and even blocked pores. Dang!

A little exfoliation will help expedite skin cell turnover without causing damage – and remember, less is More.

Continue reading and find out which exfoliant is right for you and your skin type!

physical exfoliants

Physical exfoliants are a satisfying way to remove dead skin cells and revitalize your epidermis. They work by manually removing dead cells form the surface of the skin. Use these exfoliants once or twice a week if you have mature, dry or sensitive skin, and a maximum of three times if you have oily or clogged pores. As your skin repairs during the night, morning is best for scrubbing away those dead skin cells.

Pro Tip: If you use different types of exfoliant such as masks in addition to your regular exfoliating cleanser, use the two for a total of 2 or 3 times a week. 

Rock'n Rose Ultra Fine Exfoliating Facial Powder - Corpa Flora
Rock'n Rose Ultra Fine Exfoliating Facial Powder - Corpa Flora

Rock'n Rose - Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder

$28.00
One-step Exfoliating Cleanser - Druide BioLove
One-step Exfoliating Cleanser - Druide BioLove

One-step Exfoliating Cleanser

$28.00
Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser - Cocoon Apothecary 100 ml
Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser - Cocoon Apothecary 100 ml
Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser - Cocoon Apothecary 250 ml

Petal Purity Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

$18.00
Facial in a Jar - Skin Essence
Facial in a Jar - Skin Essence
Facial in a Jar

Facial in a Jar

$35.00
chemical exfoliants, BHA, AHA, Enzymatic

Chemical exfoliators help dissolve connections between skin cells, so they may be more easily shed. Since chemical exfoliants do not involve rubbing the skin, they are generally more suitable for sensitive skin. You may use them daily, every second or third day, depending on the concentration.

Chemical exfoliants are AHA, BHA, Enzymatic exfoliators

These BHA actives have the ability to dive deep past the surface to loosen dead skin and clear out those miniature openings as they aid in the fight against bacteria.

White Willow Purifying Cleansing Gel - Om Organics
White Willow Purifying Cleansing Gel - Om Organics

White Willow Purifying Cleansing Gel

White Willow Bark and Sandalwood promote clear skin by gently exfoliating and easing inflammation.

$34.00
Balance Toner - Sahajan Ayurvedic Skincare
Balance Toner - Sahajan Ayurvedic Skincare
Balance Toner

Balance Toner

Fast-absorbing and hydrating toner exfoliates dead skin cells, while brightening the complexion of your skin.

$40.00
Face Foam - Graydon Skincare
Face Foam - Graydon Skincare
Face Foam

Face Foam

Helps brighten your skin, unclog pores, refine skin's surface, reduce sensitivity, and deliver antioxidants.

$33.00

AHA moves beyond the surface of your skin, these powerful bad boys help you shed dead skin cells and aid in awakening your natural ability to produce collagen.

Brightening Mask - Sahajan Ayurvedic Skincare
Brightening Mask - Sahajan Ayurvedic Skincare
Brightening Mask Sahajan

Brightening Mask Sahajan

Brightens, detoxes, nourishes, firms, and gently exfoliates the skin, all while fighting inflammation.

$64.00
Power Trip Facial Serum - Veriphy Skincare
Power Trip Facial Serum - Veriphy Skincare
Power Trip Facial Serum
Power Trip Facial Serum
Power Trip Facial Serum
Power Trip Facial Serum
Power Trip Facial Serum

Power Trip Facial Serum

Powerful blend of Lactic Acid and PhytoSpherix® that exfoliates, revealing a revitalized complexion.

$105.00
Flawless Bilberry Super Fruit AHA Fruit Acid Facial Exfoliant - Lifance Super Natural Skincare
Flawless Bilberry Super Fruit AHA Fruit Acid Facial Exfoliant - Lifance Super Natural Skincare

Flawless - Bilberry Super Fruit AHA Fruit Acid Facial Exfoliant

Combines a Fruit Acid and Sugar Complex that is a concentrated blend of five botanical extracts.

$38.00

Enzymatic exfoliators are highly effective and the favourite for sensitive skin. They work similarly to an AHA but will work in conjunction with your body heat and motion from the fingers to help activate.

Amaze Gel - Purifying and Exfoliating Gel - Viva Organics
Amaze Gel - Purifying and Exfoliating Gel - Viva Organics
Amaze Gel - Purifying and Exfoliating Gel

Amaze Gel - Purifying and Exfoliating Gel

Reduce blackheads, whiteheads, blocked pores, and sloth off dead skin revealing a brighter complexion.

$51.00
viva organics amaze gel review
viva organics amaze gel review
viva organics amaze gel review
warning signs of over exfoliation

If you experience any of the following, STOP and give your skin the chance it needs to fully heal. Avoid retinols, and go for soothing, calming care until your skin is showing no more signs of irritation. Over exfoliating can dramatically damage skin!

• irritation, burning, or peeling • redness and inflammation • breakouts, especially small pimples • increased sensitivity

A wax like texture can be confused for a healthy glow. In reality, it’s anything but. In fact, it’s the result of wiping away skin cells and natural oils, allowing premature exposure of underlying skin. This is a sign of over exfoliation.

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