Some define the word “beauty” as healthy and younger-looking skin.  As we age, our skin’s ability to make new cells slows down, leaving older, dead skin cells on the surface of the skin longer. Dead skin cells leave skin looking dull and lifeless, and they also absorb the active ingredients of your powerful skincare treatment products making them less effective. There is a fix to this! Exfoliation is the key to younger, healthier-looking skin.

Choosing the best exfoliant can be a challenge and may leave some clients overwhelmed. Some scrub-like exfoliants can be too harsh on the skin while other “chemical” exfoliants can be intimidating, simply because of the association of the word “chemical.” Although it can be a personal preference, your skin type can influence which type of exfoliant is best to use.  

Let’s break down the myth that all “chemicals” are bad. The word “chemical” has a negative connotation and has associations such as “toxic” or “harmful”. Although some ingredients can truly be harmful and should be avoided, a chemical exfoliant simply means there is an interaction of substances that cause a final reaction or result. Glycolic acid, for instance, is a very well-known and common ingredient in anti-aging skincare products which falls under the category of a chemical exfoliant. It works by breaking down and dissolving the bonds, or glue that holds together dead skin cells on the skin’s surface to allow the sloughing or shedding of those cells. The result: revealing healthy youthful new skin cells!

The opposite of a chemical exfoliant, is a manual exfoliant, such as a scrub. Unlike a chemical exfoliant, a manual scrub, such as sugar or microbeads work by physically lifting away the dead cell buildup. The type of scrub is important. A salt or nut scrub may be too harsh for delicate skin on the face and neck (but great for thicker areas on the body, like knees, elbows and feet!). Whereas a scrub made with microbeads can be more gentle. BONUS: Gently applying a manual scrub in a circular motion can also increase circulation and promote lymphatic drainage to help detoxify the skin! 

 So here’s a quick guide to choosing the best exfoliant for you. 

  • Who should be exfoliating? EVERYONE 
  • How often should I exfoliate? Exfoliating 2-3 times per week is best for most clients. Over exfoliating can cause sensitivities, broken capillaries and tends to leave the skin feeling too dry.  
  • Should I exfoliate in the morning or evening? Traditional manual “scrub” exfoliants can be used in your morning routine and can even help your makeup go on more flawlessly. Chemical exfoliants however, such glycolic acid can make your skin sensitive to the sun, and therefore are usually recommended in the evening routine to allow time for the active ingredients to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin while you get your beauty sleep.  
  • What is my Skin Type? Thicker or oilier skin types may prefer a manual exfoliants whereas thinner or drier skin may prefer chemical agents.   
  • More is not better. Some manual scrubs can be too harsh and can also be messy. A little bit usually goes along way. Remember to use light pressure and not be unnecessarily aggressive.  
  • Personal preference. There may not be a right or wrong option. As long as it is not causing harm to the skin, use what you love!  

Call (817)-912-1200 or come by Aesthetic Specialists today to have a complimentary consultation by one of our talented providers who can help you find the best exfoliant for you!  

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