As you well know exfoliation is an essential part of any skin care routine, but you may be confused about what type of exfoliator you should use for your skin type.
Many people ask us: what type of exfoliator should I use? what is the best exfoliator The truth is that there is no single answer to these questions and that is why we decided to write this blog, to make the choice process as easy as possible.
What is physical exfoliation?
Physical exfoliators are often found in the form of SCRUBS and gels, using tiny granules of sugar, walnut shells, salt or coffee grounds to remove dead skin cells that dull skin and clog pores. When choosing an exfoliator, you must be careful that it is not too harsh because it can cause micro cracks in the skin. You need to choose a gentle and moisturizing product according to your skin.
What is a chemical peel?
Chemical compounds that accelerate cell regeneration are used in chemical exfoliation. The most common are AHA, BHA and PHA.
AHAs are water-soluble, so they don't go deep into pores to clean them, but what products containing AHAs do is remove dead cells, improve texture, and fade brown spots on the skin. BHA-type acids, unlike AHAs, are oil-soluble, which means they penetrate deep into pores and deeply cleanse them. They are also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, being perfect against blackheads and/or acne.
How to choose the best product for you?
○ Do you have sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is by far one of the trickiest to deal with. Exposed to the wrong products can lead you to the brink of despair and to want to give up any type of exfoliation. The trick to not getting into these situations is to use exfoliators that have nourishing and healing ingredients.
GENTLE BLACK SUGAR FACIAL POLISH by Dear, Klairs smooths and revitalizes skin with natural moisturizing ingredients like brown sugar, shea butter and cranberry oil. The fine texture gently exfoliates the skin removing blackheads, dead skin and excess sebum without drying it out like salt-based scrubs do.
○ Do you have acne prone skin?
Most of the world believes that acne does not affect the exfoliation process at all, but this is not true. Remember, acne is an infection. Using a harsh physical scrub when you have active acne can spread the infection throughout the skin causing more acne.
You can try a chemical exfoliator like COSRX's AHA 7 WHITEHEAD POWER LIQUID which gently exfoliates the skin to clean and free pores of excess sebum, dirt, impurities and dead cells. It is effective in treating pimples, acne, large and clogged pores, tired and lifeless skin.
Choose the ingredients that are right for your skin
As mentioned above, BHAs are oil soluble so a chemical exfoliator that contains this type of acid will be best for you if you have acne and especially if you want to get rid of blackheads.
AHAs are known for improving dry (moisture-locking) and brown-spotted skin, but they have a much bigger effect on the complexion. AHAs are also used in wrinkle relief due to its ability to stimulate collagen production.
COSRX's AHA/BHA CLARIFYING TREATMENT TONER is the perfect combination of mineral water and other natural ingredients that help exfoliate, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin, preventing whiteheads, blackheads and pimples. It also helps to maintain an optimal pH level of the skin.