Exfoliating is a key part of any skin care routine. It’s important to remove dead skin cells to stimulate and uncover new skin cells that leave you glowing. There are many different ways of exfoliating and lots of products to experiment with too. The methods can depend on your skin type and the kind of exfoliation you’re looking for. We’ve created a handy guide explaining the many ways to exfoliate, handy tips and golden rules for you to live by.
Firstly, there are two types of exfoliation that you need to know about: chemical and physical.
Chemical exfoliation is when you are using a product that removes impurities such as dirt within pores without needing to physically scrub your face. This can be done with active acids, peels or even some natural products such as papaya oil, which contains an enzyme that breaks down dead skin cells. Some chemical exfoliators can be quite harsh on the skin, particularly products containing acids, so if you suffer with sensitive skin, it might be wise to avoid this type of exfoliation.
Physical exfoliation is the manual act of scrubbing the skin with a product or tool. Mainstream products usually contain plastic micro beads or natural exfoliators, for example sea salt or sugar. Whilst rubbing onto the skin, these products remove built up dirt and oils trapped in the pores. Take care with these products! You don’t want to scrub your skin until it is raw. Instead aim for a gentle circular motion around the face to lift off the impurities. Some physical exfoliators can be quite drying on the skin, so those of you suffering with dry or sensitive skin, always opt for an all-natural, gentle product using ingredients you recognise.
Exfoliating for sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, you might think that exfoliating isn’t possible, but we’re here to tell you that isn’t the case! Our brand new, Cleansing Facial Scrub is designed for those with sensitive/problematic skin because it uses simply natural ingredients. Using matcha powder, shea butter and almond meal, our Scrub gently removes impurities, whilst moisturising the skin to leave you feeling soft and plump as opposed to dry and irritated.
If you want to try exfoliating, but are still feeling a little nervous, why not try our double-sided Muslin Cloth? Simply soak the cloth in warm water and swipe across your face in circular motions. The muslin cloth is a great alternative if you want a thorough exfoliation without using any products.
Top 3 golden rules of exfoliation
1) Less is more - only exfoliate a few times a week
2) Be gentle - never scrub your face too hard
3) Consider the environment - avoid products with plastic micro beads as they end up in our oceans and contaminate the sea life