You already know you should be exfoliating regularly, but do you know why? Understanding exfoliation types and how your skin benefits from exfoliation is extremely important! But don’t worry…I’m here to answer all your questions and more in this Exfoliation 101 lesson!
How often should I exfoliate?
You might think exfoliating daily will clean out your pores and leave you with a fresh glow – that’s what I thought, too! You should only be exfoliating your skin 1-3 times per week or you could be literally damaging your skin. If you exfoliate too often, you’re weakening the skin barrier, which leads to premature aging…EEK! No, thank you! I like to treat myself to an exfoliating peel, scrub, or brush just twice a week!
Do I really need to exfoliate?
YES – don’t skip this step in your routine! Not only will exfoliation unclog your pores, but it also speeds up cell turnover AND promotes collagen production. That’s right: you’ll maintain your youthful glow! What other way is there to prevent aging in 20 minutes? Regular exfoliation can also help make your makeup products go on waaaaay smoother, so that’s another plus!
OK, but which exfoliation method is best?
You may have heard of mechanical and chemical exfoliation, but do you know which you method you should use? Here’s the breakdown:
Mechanical exfoliation: physically scrubbing the outer layer of skin to slough away dead cells, product buildup, and bacteria
Anything abrasive like a mitt with a gentle cleanser, a scrub, or a Clarisonic (which Enza Medispa Aesthetician, Jordan, SWEARS by) can penetrate the skin from the outside. If you have more oily or acne-prone skin, be sure to frequently wash your mitt and change out your gadget pieces to keep bacteria at bay. On the flip side, if you have sensitive skin, this abrasive exfoliation method can be irritating if done too often!
Chemical exfoliation: using enzymes or acids to break down that glue-like substance that holds skin cells together
This method of exfoliation is great for those with normal to oily skin! These acids can be alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), and both have different features and benefits for your skin! Check out the next section for the difference between these acids.
What’s the difference between AHA and BHA products?
When checking product ingredients, you’ll notice that most AHA-based skin care products are made up of Glycolic, Lactic, Malic, or Citric acid. AHAs, unlike BHAs, are water-soluble acids that exfoliate the skin’s surface while improving moisture. These products are great for dry, aging, or sun-damaged skin! Enza Essentials’ Glycolic Serum is an AMAZING way to rid skin of buildup while helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles!
BHA-based skin products, on the other hand, are ideal for easily-irritated, oily or acne-prone skin as these acids are oil-soluble. Think of Salicylic or Citric Acid in BHA products – these acids penetrate deep past the pores, eliminating blackheads, whiteheads, and any bacteria or inflammation! Enza Essentials’ Extraction System products are perfect examples of why BHAs work so well for oil and acne!
#SkinTip: As using an AHA and a BHA at the same time can be irritating to the skin, use a BHA (like the Vitamin C Serum) in the morning and an AHA (like the Glycolic Serum) at night for the proper amount of exfoliation every day!
How do you exfoliate? If you aren’t already exfoliating, I’m linking to my fave exfoliation products below for firmer, glow-ier, and younger-looking skin!
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