As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down.This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new
ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull,rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.
Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for
moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine
will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.
What is a chemical exfoliant and why should you choose it over a scrub?
First, lots of scrubs use micro beads, which are tiny balls of plastic.They’re good at exfoliating, but they’re not biodegradable.
Scrub with micro beads
More environmentally friendly scrubs often use chunks of walnut shell or other natural fibres, which are coarse and jagged.These can damage and irritate your skin.
The International Dermal Institute only recommends the use of abrasives that do not result in irritation. They do not recommend the use of crushed fruit pits, shells or similar damaging substrates.
Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, work by dissolving dead skin cells, revealing healthier looking skin.
You can get a chemical peel at the doctor’s office but chemical exfoliants are also available in creams, lotions, masks, bath wash and scrubs containing exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and natural enzymes.
AHAs are tiny molecules that penetrate the upper layer of your skin and help dislodge and dissolve dead skin cells. They also promote cell regeneration, meaning your skin repairs itself faster and more effectively. Glycolic acid is better at penetrating the skin than lactic
acid, but they both do the job. Chemical exfoliators may contain one or both of these, or other AHAs entirely.
Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) are another class of compounds commonly used in skin care products. The best-known BHA is salicylic acid. Most often, BHAs are used for people with acne-prone or oily skin types because of the excellent penetration into the pores, removal of blackheads and reduction of oil on the surface of the skin.
Chemical exfoliation is truly a godsend for those hard to reach places that you know you never scrub. Have you tried it yet?
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