Your Guide To Physical And Chemical Exfoliants7 min read
How can your skincare get any better? By incorporating skin-resurfacing treatments, aka exfoliation, that’s how. Get acquainted with all the need-to-know facts about chemical peels, physical exfoliants and how to include them properly in your routine (spoiler alert: yes, you can use both of them).
For those new to the game, chemical exfoliants are non-abrasive salves that lift off the cell build up and unclog the pores to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. Chemical exfoliants use gentle acids to dissolve impurities, penetrating deep into the skin’s layers to work on the issues from within.
The most common types of acids used in skincare products are AHAs, short for alpha hydroxy acids and BHAs, which stands for beta hydroxy acids. The difference between the two? They address different skin issues, depending on your skin type.
AHAs based products are recommended for dry or sun-damaged skin as they exfoliate the skin surface drawing in moisture to keep your face hydrated. BHA is recommended for oily and sensitive skin. Due to its ability to penetrate deep into pores (unlike AHAs), BHAs loosens the buildup, eliminating excess oil as well as blackheads. BHAs also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects, making it an ace for acne or rosacea-prone skin.
These are composed of different types of exfoliating particles, and they work by scrubbing away the dead skin and debris that’s on the surface of the skin. Exfoliation is important because it releases excess toxins that are trapped in the cell buildup and allows your skin to breathe. Once the exfoliation is complete, your skin will be able to absorb beneficial properties of the skincare products quicker, faster and more efficiently.
The two treatments actually complement each other if used correctly, optimizing cell turnover to diminish lines, build collagen, and improve skin tone. Scroll down to see the chemical peels and physical exfoliants we have in our Scentbird skincare catalog:
PURLISSE Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask
Brighten, detoxify, tighten and soothe your skin with this multi-tasking mask, which thanks to a blend of ultra-sophisticated ingredients like blue lotus seeds, white clay, bamboo, ginger, white tea and mushroom extract gently exfoliates the skin surface and reveals a long-lasting, luminous glow.
JOANNA VARGAS Exfoliating Mask
A pampering Joanna Vargas facial in a jar, this mask features the leading-edge ingredient Galactoarabinan, which accelerates cell turnover rates faster than any lactic or glycolic acid. The starring lineup also includes purifying kaolin clay and lactic acid to extract embedded impurities and quickly recapture skin’s clarity. The end result is clear pores and a brightened, smooth, glowing complexion.
To add this physical and chemical exfoliant to your queue, click on the link below:
SUPERMOOD Youth Glo Luxury Peel
Infused with lactic acid, plant extracts with fruit acid plus buckthorn extract rich in vitamin C, this holistic skin treatment encourages cell turnover, refines texture, unclogs pores to make your skin red-carpet-ready after one use. Nordic beauty to the T.
To add it to your queue, click on the link below:
GLOW RECIPE Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask
You know your AHAs and BHAs, but this mask is all about PHAs. It stands for Polyhydroxy acids, and unlike the usual suspects, the aforementioned acids, PHAs have larger molecular weight and decreased ability to penetrate the skin. Which means it has slower insertion rates and provides much gentler exfoliation actions. Glow Recipe’s Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask also includes avocado and manuka honey to deeply moisturize dry, dull skin overnight.