The world of skincare is awash with buzzwords and hot topics: hydration, antioxidants, free radicals, sun protection factor (SPF), all natural and age-defying, just to name a few. But perhaps the most widely used (and sometimes misused) word is exfoliation. Defined as a cosmetic technique designed to remove dead skin cells from the face and body, exfoliation is an important step in achieving younger, healthier looking skin. However, what works for one skin type doesn’t necessarily spell success for another. Here are a few things to look for when considering the most effective exfoliating method for you.
Manual vs. Chemical
These days, several exfoliation methods are readily available. From loofahs and microdermabrasion to chemical peels and facial scrubs, every spa and skin care company worldwide offers an exfoliation treatment or product of some sort. Most skincare professionals agree that the most effective method combines some form of manual scrubbing with an Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acid treatment to help break down dead skin cells at the cellular level.
When to Exfoliate
Exfoliation is a crucial step in any beauty regimen. While highly concentrated treatments, like peels and facials, are performed less frequently, light daily exfoliation is recommended to eliminate dead skin buildup. An exfoliating lactic acid cleanser, such as Purity Clean by CosMedix, not only removes pore-clogging dirt and impurities, it also sloughs away dead cells that can block moisturizers and treatment products from reaching the healthy skin below. Using an exfoliating mask, like Pure Enzymes, weekly will also keep skin fresh and clear.
Benefits of Regular Exfoliation
In addition to revealing a fresher, healthier looking complexion, exfoliating with Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids can also help resolve many common skin concerns. CosMedix’s all-natural exfoliator Defy, for instance, uses three chirally correct AHAs to refresh and revitalize the skin.
About the Author
Senior Copywriter Drew Pizzini has been the chief marketing writer and editor for Pür Minerals and CosMedix for over five years. His expertise ranges from modern skincare science to makeup trends. Based in Atlanta, Drew has contributed articles featured in national consumer and trade publications.