Skin Science, How To

How to Exfoliate Skin with Physical or Chemical Exfoliation

by Claire Pippin
April 30, 2019

What is Exfoliation?

Ever wonder why your skin looks tired or your makeup looks uneven and flaky? It could be because you have old and dead skin cells trapped on the surface of your skin. Since your skin naturally sheds its top layer every 30 days, simply adding gentle exfoliation to your routine can help you get rid of dull cells to reveal even brighter, smoother looking skin.

There are 2 types of exfoliation you should know: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation uses small grains to gently remove dead cells. Chemical exfoliation uses gentle acids or non-acids to promote skin resurfacing. Both physical and chemical exfoliants are essential in helping you bring fresh, radiant skin to the surface.

One chemical exfoliant you should definitely keep on your radar is dullness-fighting Neoglucosamine. This skin-brightening ingredient is proven to boost surface cell turnover and resurfaces skin 10x faster than skin that’s untreated. It also hydrates your skin as it reduces hyperpigmentation to reveal a brighter, more even complexion.


Chemical exfoliants to look for

For renewed, brighter skin, keep your eyes peeled for these key ingredients:

Neoglucosamine
Aids in removing dead skin cells and boosts surface cell turnover 10x faster for instantly brighter skin.
AHA
Works by dissolving the outer layer of dull skin for a visibly even tone and texture.
PHA
Provides gentle exfoliation of the skin’s surface to renew cells while reducing irritation.

Helpful Exfoliation Tips

Tip 1: Rise and Shine

Your skin cells turnover while you sleep, so the best time to exfoliate and reveal brighter skin is right after you wake up.


Tip 2: Follow with SPF

Since exfoliation helps you bring fresh skin to the surface, don’t forget to protect your new skin and keep it looking great with broad spectrum sunscreen.


Tip 3: Don’t Overdo It

Exfoliation can do wonderful things for your skin, but too much can be damaging. As a rule of thumb: physical exfoliants should be used up to 3 times a week, while chemical exfoliants can be used daily.



Skin Science, How To

She’s a beauty-obsessed writer based in New York.

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