What is it?
The process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin; typically through the help of a chemical, granular substance (sugar, crushed seeds, etc), or an exfoliation tool (microdermabrasion, dermaplane scalpel, etc).
Your skin naturally sheds every 21-30 days to make room for new cells, but what happens when your skin isn't functioning properly and you're experiencing clogged pores, breakouts, and finally, hyperpigmentation from the aforementioned clogs and breakouts?
If your skin is fighting against your normal, daily routine of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and sunscreen, then an exfoliation may be your next step.
Is it right for me?
When those dead skin cells don't shed completely, the result is dry, flaky patches that can lead to the dreaded uneven skin tone and dark marks we've all experienced at one point or another.
Exfoliating is right for you if you want to prevent or combat these issues. Simply adding one additional step to your skin and lip care routine 2-3 times weekly will improve the appearance of your skin and prevent clogs and breakouts.
The easiest product to pick up is a sugar or salt scrub because they can be found in your home already! Brushes and loofahs or scrub puffs are also great for skin that isn't so sensitive like your body, back, legs, feet, etc. We highly recommend sugar scrubs as a one-stop product because it can not only be used on the mentioned areas, but is gentle, and effective enough to be used on the face and lips; making it a top contender in most beauty guru's skincare line up.
When to use it?
If you are noticing your skin is clogging, whitehead pimples, dry patches, haven't exfoliated in over a week, or two days before and two days after shaving or waxing you should be using an exfoliator!
Tip: When shaving or waxing, please be sure to exfoliate either 48 hours before and/or after to help prevent ingrown hairs and dark marks. Use one exfoliating product at a time to avoid damaging the skin. Stop use if skin becomes extremely irritated, do not use any form of exfoliation on the same day of shaving or waxing.
What else should I know?
The other form of exfoliating is via chemicals, this method is a bit less accessible because you have to know what ingredients to look for. It's usually more expensive as well, but has a host of benefits.
Acids, enzymes and retinols should be used after consulting with a professional such as an esthetician or dermatologist. I do not recommend purchasing any chemical exfoliator online without doing research or knowing if you even require it.
Some ingredients to look out for: glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, retinol, AHA's, BHA's, salicylic acid, retinoids, adapalene to name a few should alert you that a chemical exfoliant is present. Some of these are fruit enzymes and generally safe with proper use, others are stronger and even require a prescription for use. All of them function to peel away the skin to reveal evenly pigmented skin underneath.
I hope this breakdown helps you choose your next exfoliator. If you have any questions on what is right for you I can be of service, or recommend a knowledgeable esthetician.
I encourage you to add our Exfoliating Lip & Body Scrub for women or our Deep Exfoliator for men.