A lot of effort, time and money goes into achieving beautiful skin. Beautiful skin starts with good genetics, lifestyle choices and a solid skincare routine. A strong foundation of products should be incorporated into your skincare routine such as a cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen. Of course you can add steps like serums, toners and face mask to your routine. But for those who want that jaw dropping next level radiant skin, you might want to try exfoliating.
What is exfoliating and how does it add that umph to your routine?
Your skin cells turn over roughly every 30 days or so. The outer layers start to ‘shed’ to make room for new skin. The annoying thing is that skin does not always shed off completely. They most often will leave behind dry, flaky patches of skin that more likely than not to clog your pores. If the Apricot scrub comes to mind, abort that thought immediately. There are better alternatives out there, I promise you. You have a choice of physical exfoliants. For instance, tools like facial brushes, skin pads (thats also soaked with chemical exfoliant) or chemical exfoliants most often being AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids).
Physical exfoliants includes face brushes, skin pads and gentle scrubs. They work by sloughing off the pesky flakes using the texture of the bristles, ridges or fine grains. Physical scrubs can be great for boosting circulation. Make sure to use them with gentle motions. Moreover, they are a great alternative for those who cannot tolerate chemical exfoliants. Although, it is not recommended for those with acne prone skin due to already compromised skin. Physical exfoliants should only be used once or twice a week at most. You should notice results quite quick with skin feeling smoother to touch and looking more radiant.
Chemically exfoliating breaks the bonds in dead skin and dissolves them, to leave you with a fresh radiant glow. AHAs and BHAs are the most common types of chemical exfoliants used. There is a chemical exfoliant for every skin type. it's just a matter of trial and error to find the right exfoliant for your skin type. Note to self, don’t skip your sunscreen! Why? Exfoliation makes your skin more prone to sun exposure and damage.
For those with sensitive skin, opt for a more gentle exfoliant like AHAs. Try these Korean skincare AHA's online.
- Neogen Bio-Peel Gauzes are great for those with dry and flaky patches. It leaves you skin super soft and smooth to touch after one application. Do remember to be be gentle!
- Jumiso Yes I Am Toner AHA 5% soothing toner thats alcohol-free and effectively and most importantly gently removes dead skin cells leaving you with more evenly pigmented skin overtime.
- Do you have hyper-pigmenation, enlarged pores or dull skin? Try the Krave Kale-Lalu-yAHA (my holy grail). It is gentle and highly refreshing.
If you have troubled acne and enlarged pores, BHAs may be a better alternative for you. They are able to get deeper into the pores and treat the issue from the root.
- The Benton Aloe BHA Toner is both hydrating and exfoliating. It contains Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise. Also, combining Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and work with acne prone skin by reducing sebum buildup.
- COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid gently exfoliates dead skin cells and rebuilds the skins moisture shield to deliver clear, acne-free and glowing skin. Made with willow bark water to boost exfoliating benefits without the irritation.
Exfoliating is great, it leaves you feeling decongested and fabulous as long as you don't over do it. Depending on your skin type and your choice of exfoliant, stick to 1-2 (max 3) times a week, which should be plenty. Over exfoliating may lead to a damaged skin barrier. Less is more, yes it applies to skincare as well.