How to exfoliate skin
How to exfoliate skin.
Ahh..the after effects of using an exfoliator; the enticing fruity smell your skin is left with alongside the grainy texture , the feeling of freshly cleansed smooth skin once you’ve patted dry ….
There are many exfoliators on the market and it is very easy to get lost amid the many colours and the tantalising promises of achieving perfect-looking skin after using them.
There are two main types of exfoliants; physical exfoliants ( like face scrubs and clay masks) and chemical exfoliants ( like acid serums and peels). Some products incorporate both.
If you have acne-prone skin or are very sensitive, a chemical exfoliant would be more beneficial as it eliminates the risks of redness from possible over-scrubbing. The right chemical exfoliant will help you achieve glowing skin without abrasions.
But how often, what ingredients should you look out for and how exactly should you exfoliate your skin ?
Let’s start from the top .
The benefits of exfoliating
- It cleanses and unclogs pores
- Removes dead skin and promotes new skin cell turnover
- Evens skin tone
- Improves circulation
- Helps to allow products or ingredients to penetrate deeper
- Improves skin texture
- Reduces dullness of skin and leaves it looking brighter
How often should I exfoliate my skin?
Our Skinora doctors recommend exfoliating your skin at least 2 to 3 times a week ; any more than that and you run the risk of irritating your skin or causing dryness. If you have red or sensitive skin, you should aim to exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week.
Exfoliating ingredients to look out for
- Glycolic acid
- Mandelic Acid
- Salicylic Acid
- Lactic Acid
How to exfoliate skin ; what our Doctors recommend
Here are Skinora’s recommended popular exfoliators for each skin concern, along with their key ingredients and key benefits. For a more personalised recommendation, take your skin type quiz to start your consultation with a doctor.
Acne-prone/blemish prone skin
Obagi Professional C Polish Mask
Key Benefits ;
This powerful exfoliator and at home microdermabrasion helps to unveil dramatically brighter, smoother, more youthful-looking skin, with a powerful infusion of 30% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and ultra-fine crystals for exfoliation.
Refines skin texture
30% Vitamin C: brightens and protects against free radical damage.
Sea Berry fruit oil: smooth and hydrate dull skin.
Avène Gentle Exfoliating Gel
Gently eliminates dead skin cells from the skin’s surface
Soothes, softens and calms skin with Avène Thermal Spring Water
Rich gel texture leaves skin soft, refined texture with a radiant complexion
Avène Thermal Spring Water: soothes, softens and calms the skin.
Exfoliating Microspheres: eliminate surface impurities.
Salicylic Acid: chemically exfoliates and purifies pores.
Zinc Gluconate: purifies skin and reduces inflammation.
Exuviance Skin Rise Bionic Tonic
Invigorates stressed skin
Gently exfoliates skin’s surface
Encourages a youthful radiance
Awakens and renews
Green Tea Extract and Vitamin E-powerful antioxidants that combat free radical damage.
Cucumber Extract- soothes irritation and redness.
Poly Hydroxy Acids (PHA)- boost hydration and calm inflammation.
ZO Retinol Skin Brightener 0.5% Retinol
Targets skin discolouration
Brightens skin and helps even skin tone
Antioxidant protection and helps support natural skin rejuvenation
Retinol and ascorbic acid-2 glucoside-Breaks up existing pigmentation and increases cell turnover to rapidly brighten and even skin tone.
Glutathione, soy isoflavones and n-acetyl glucosamine- prevents new age spots and uneven colour.
Stachys officinalis- Helps block melanin production by blocking messengers triggering melanogenesis .
Vitamins C and E- Provides antioxidant properties.
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