We all know the benefits of regular exfoliation. Regular exfoliation will improve cell turnover, unclog pores, soften fine lines and leave your skin glowing. However, there are so many different kinds of exfoliants out there today like scrubs, peels and lotions, that it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. Let’s discuss the different types and their benefits.
Granular scrubs have come a long way. No longer the harsh, gritty scrubs of our youth, today’s scrubs contain micro-beads encased in creamy bases that won’t over dry or scratch your skin. Depending on the texture and ingredients, most granular scrubs are best used on normal skin that only needs a little surface exfoliation.
Try: If you are prone to breakouts, try Eucerin DermoPurifyer. This scrub contains micro-particles that will refine your pores, and lactic acid to treat blemishes. Those will normal skin should try Elemis Skin Buff, a gentle exfoliator that will deep cleanse and buff away dead skin cells while hydrating.
Facial peels might not have the same feel as granular scrubs, but they are just as, if not more, effective. Since they don’t contain granules, peels can be less irritating on your skin. They are also loved by dermatologists for their ability to penetrate deeper into the skin, promoting healthier skin on a deeper level. Like scrubs, most peels today work on every skin type, but aging skin will particularly benefit from them.
Try: If wrinkles and fine lines are your main concerns, try StriVectin LABS 5-Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel, a highly potent AHA peel that will renew your skin and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If breakouts are more of a concern, try Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask, a set of pre-soaked antioxidant-rich masks that will balance and revitalize combination skin while unclogging pores and clearing up any impurities for blemish-free skin.
Daily exfoliating peels or lotions are also beneficial, great news for people who don’t have the time for weekly exfoliation or who just prefer a more gradual approach. Daily exfoliating products contain a smaller percentage of exfoliating ingredients, but studies have shown that the benefits are about the same in the long run.
Try: Reviderm Enzyme Peeling Liquid can be used every night on cleansed skin and contains enzymes that will gently loosen dead skin cells and stimulate cell regeneration. SkinMedica AHA/BHA Cream can be applied morning and night and will remove dead skin cells, bringing fresh cells to the surface and revealing younger, healthier skin.