Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in a skin care routine, because, if done correctly, it can mean the difference between dull, dry skin and gorgeously glowing and radiant skin!
You may have heard of the importance of exfoliation, but perhaps you’re unsure of where to begin. We have simplified things for you by explaining the difference between the two main forms of exfoliation, namely physical and chemical, and will help you figure out which one is right for you.
Our skin naturally sheds skin cells on a daily basis, however when too many cells try to shed at once, it can cause a buildup on the skin, resulting in clogged pores which can lead to breakouts, flaky skin and an overall dull appearance.
Exfoliation aids this process and helps to remove old skin cells that may have built up. By removing old, dead skin cells you can immediately enjoy a healthier, more glowing complexion.
Exfoliation helps to boost blood circulation, which promotes the formation of collagen, an important structural protein necessary for keeping the skin firm and plump. Exfoliation also helps to open up the pores, which means fewer breakouts and better absorption of your skin care products. If you apply your products on skin that is need of an exfoliation, then your products will simply cling to the old skin and not benefit your skin at all.
This is the most common type of exfoliation. Physical exfoliation involves the use of granulated particles to slough off dead skin cells.
While certain particles may be gentle enough for most skin types, the unfortunate fact is that most conventional brands contain rough particles that can scratch the surface of the skin causing microscopic tears that will impair the skin’s barrier function.
A healthy skin barrier helps to lock moisture in and keep pollutants so it’s important to avoid harsh particles that may aggravate your skin.
This type of exfoliation is more intense than a physical exfoliation, but surprisingly it’s actually better for sensitive skin types as it helps to gently dissolve dead skin rather than sloughing them off.
Chemical exfoliants rely on natural chemical acids from fruit enzymes such as pineapple to work at a deeper level to stimulate cell turnover, clean out the pores and leave your skin beautifully radiant.
When choosing an exfoliator, you want a product that will work effectively, without causing any irritation.
PLANTED IN BEAUTY’s Polish + Resurface Detox Exfoliant is ideal for all skin types as it contains highly effective fruit enzymes from pineapple and raspberry as well as root extract of Great Burdock, which is high in polysaccharides, to leave behind a silky veil of hydration so your skin will feel perfectly balanced and never dry.
Skin-detoxifying antioxidants and essential fatty acids of Raspberry gently soften and dissolve dulling surface cells while Moringa Seed Extract, prized for its anti-pollution and purifying benefits, filters out environmental impurities. Between the bromelain enzyme and the high levels of alpha-hydroxy acids, pineapple is an excellent natural exfoliator.An exfoliator will only enhance the effectiveness of your skin care products and your skin will glow with youthful radiance!
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