Did you know that your skin sheds about 35,000 cells per hour?! Me neither, it's no wonder that if we don't exfoliate our skin can very quickly start to look a bit dull and lacklustre.
Exfoliation is an important step in skin health and maintaining that natural glow, but it's important not to over do it either otherwise the skin can rebel with redness, breakouts and dryness. Over exfoliation can strip the skin of its natural oils, so it's important to know which type of exfoliant and how often we should use it.
Last week I recommended a few tips to brighten up your downtime and this week I thought I should further explain the types of exfoliants on the market, so that you can make an educated decision about what might suit you. I'm happy to help and advise if you're stuck! So, here's a roundup of six of the top exfoliant ingredients and how they benefit your skin.
HIBISCUS FRUIT EXTRACT
This extract is a source rich in Vitamin C and Pyruvic Acid which is moisturising powerhouse that helps to soothe and brighten the skin. It's great for drier skins and gentle enough to use every day. It's found in Dermalogica's Daily Resurfacer, a great option for those on the go because they come individually wrapped, and can help to hydrate and brighten up your skin.
This a brightening and skin-softening phytochemical found in rice bran that gently removes dulling surface debris from the skin. It is found in both Daily Microfoliant and Daily Superfoliant as a fine powder that when mixed with water foams into a gentle lather and is suitable for even the most sensitive skins. If your skin is sensitive, this is best used 2-3 times a week.
MINERAL MICRO GRANULES
This is a non-acid option for exfoliating that gently polishes off dulling skin cells, giving the skin an instant glow. It can be mixed with your cleanser to form a 'power cleanse' or used 2-3 times a week. Multivitamin Thermafoliant, a scrub designed to help fight off tired looking skin with concerns about ageing.
A beta-hydroxy acid that is breakout and sensitive skin friendly. It helps smooth the skin and remove dead skin cells by breaking apart the attachments between the cells. It is great on it's own, but is often combined with an alpha-hydroxy acid such as lactic acid to boost results. The Daily Mircofoliant combines salicylic acid with phytic acid to brighten and gently smooth the skin.
Although this is not strictly classified as an exfoliant, when you're using this ingredient it best not to use another type of exfoliant. Retinol is a powerful skin renewal ingredient that accelerates the cell turnover reducing the signs of pre-mature ageing. It should only be used at night, and is important to wear sun protection during the day to protect the skin against photo ageing. Overnight Retinol Repair .5% and 1% both come with a buffing cream that aids the gentle introduction to this powerhouse ingredient.
An alpha-hydroxy acid that gently munches away on the dead skin cells like a PacMan. It smoothes the skin and stimulates cell turnover and renewal without compromising the skin's natural barrier function. It is often combined with fruit enzymes to create a more advanced peel on the skin. Rapid Reveal Peel is a home care treatment that is great for those with a more advanced skincare regime or peel junkies. It can be used as a kick start 3-day treatment or a weekly exfoliation between professional skin treatments.
If you have any questions about what ingredients would benefit your skin or how to use what's in your bathroom cabinet, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org