Exfoliation and scrubs! How often? Abrasive? What’s actually happening here?
There are two ways to exfoliate and a lot will depend on your skin condition or personal preference. For most people, once or twice a week is plenty of exfoliation.
Manual or physical exfoliation is when you use a scrub, dry brush or wash cloth to manually buff off dry skin and dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Many clients prefer this method. For people with sensitive skin conditions, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis or some types of acne, manual exfoliation is not ideal. It is best for dry, combination or oily skin types. With manual exfoliation you always want to use gentle pressure. There are some great manual exfoliation products, to name more than a few of my favorites: the Karmameju Renew Dry Brush, Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, Odacite Jojoba Beads Exfoliant, Pai Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator, Max and Me Mask and Wash, Josh Rosebrook Enzyme Mask, One Love Organics Brand New Day, May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt, Marie Veronique Daily Exfoliating Cleanser and the Tata Harper Clarifying Mask.
Chemical exfoliation is when a chemical exfoliant is used to loosen up the glue that holds the cells together, sloughing off the loose cells. Chemical exfoliants can be lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid or fruit enzymes. This is my personal preferred method of exfoliation. Depending on the type of acid or enzyme, almost everyone can use chemical exfoliation. If you are sensitive, stick to fruit enzyme or one of the more gentle products such as the Dr. Alkaitis Enzyme Mask, Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask, Kypris Moonlight Catalyst and Tata Harper Resurfacing Serum. Salicylic is the gold standard for acne prone skin. Lactic can be brightening. For oily and acne prone skin try Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum, Marie Veronique Probiotic Exfoliation Mask, Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask or Julisis Enzyme Lifting Mask.
Exfoliation is an important weekly step to any skincare routine. Finding the exfoliating product that suits you can set you up for skin success.
- Amity Spiegel, CAP Beauty Esthetician