Beauty Mythbusters: Exfoliation Edition – How to Exfoliate without Ruining Your Skin
So we’re back with another beauty myth to bust and this one is going to challenge everything you ever thought you knew about skin care… even against the literal grain of things that I have mentioned here in the past, but one thing you can always count on when it comes to the beauty industry is that the minute that we think we learned every thing about everything… it changes. So let’s just make it our personal mission to be flexible and accept all the newness with an open mind, because I am literally about the wreck your entire brain.
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Exfoliating: The Basics
According to Dictionary.com to exfoliate essentially means to wash (a part of the body) with a granular cosmetic preparation in order to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface. We’ve learned that this process is of extreme importance to your skin’s appearance and ultimately their skin’s health. Every year we buy mountains of face scrubs and apply them to our faces a couple times a week, loving the smooth feeling we get after wards , but at what cost? No, we aren’t talking about the financial cost but do we ever sit back and wonder is this aggressive take on exfoliation damaging my skin? Well no… I’m sure you probably haven’t though of that because I myself have never really thought about it… but here we are with the changes, you see we learn more about skin health all the time, and as we learn we must make changes to keep up with the times.
The Ugly Truth About Exfoliation
Exfoliation via scrubs can lead to micro cuts and tears in the skin leading to wrinkles, hyper pigmentation & other signs of premature aging. Soooo…. Yeah No One Wants That. I’ve been doing my homework and some convo with my favorite esthetician on Twitter – @LaBeautyologist.
According the LaBeautyologist chemical exfoliation is the safest method to rid your skin of dead skin cells slowly. The phrase chemical exfoliation can seem scary but it is a fancy way of saying use products with BHA’s on PHA’s or fruit enzymes (pineapple, pumpkin, or papaya) in order to rid the face of dead skin. These “acids” gently exfoliate by loosening the bonds in dead skin cells so literally fall away, leaving new bright skin behind.
Best Chemical Exfoliant Products to Try!
There is an endless supply of products that can be used for exfoliation but I decided to bring you guys 5 products in a variety of price ranges to help beauty lovers of all budgets.
This overnight serum uses 10% glycolic acid, a BHA, to exfoliate and diminish the appearance of fine lines and can actually fade sun spots over time. $24, Pixi Beauty
E.L.F Gentle Peeling Exfoliant
Elf Gentle Peeling Exfoliant cleanser gently peels away dead skin, leaving behind healthy, glowing skin. $10, e.lf
This baby has become a cult classic. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ is Professional quality exfoliation treatment in a bottle, using the power of an AHA/BHA blend to reveal polished skin. $80, Sephora
Exfoliate up to three times a week with Mario Badescu’s foaming glycolic acid-based cleanser designed to dissolve dulling dead skin cells, to help refine pores and retexturize uneven skin. Fine lines, wrinkes, old acne marks, and age spots are diminished with regular use-encouraging a smoother, more youtful-looking complexion. A soothing blend of chamomile, marshmellow, sage, St. John’s wort, and yarrow extracts provide additional rejuvenating benefits that help re-balance and leave skin radiant. Use as a supplemental cleanser. $16, Ulta Beauty
The ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel uses the papain enzyme in papaya and the bromelain enzyme in pineapple to breakdown dead skin cells and reveal amazeballs skin. Fruit Enzyme exfoliation is my personal favorite. 🙂
I hope this helps you guys on your better skin journeys. Let me know if you’re enjoying this series!