If you’re not exfoliating, you’re missing out. Exfoliants remove all those dead cells that make your skin look tired, dull, and old, giving your face a brighter and healthier look.
But, not all exfoliants are created equal. There are two types: chemical and physical exfoliant. And, one type is way, way better than the other.
Which one? The answer may surprise you…
What Are Chemical Exfoliants?
How do they work?
They dissolve the “glue” that holds skin cells together, allowing them to fall off. They can also dissolve the dead skin cells themselves.
Which ingredients do they use?
- Glycolic acid: can also boost collagen production and hydrate skin, making it ideal for dry and sun-damaged skin
- Lactic acid: hydrating and super gentle, it’s perfect for sensitive skin
- Salicylic acid: reduces breakouts by exfoliating the pores from within, so it’s most suitable for oily and acne-prone skin types.
Are There Any Side Effects?
They can cause irritations if used too often.
- DHC Renewing AHA Cream ($40.30)
- Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid ($32.00)
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion ($28.00)
What are physical exfoliants?
How Do They Work?
They mechanically remove the dead cells on the surface of the skin.
What Ingredients Do They Use?
- Apricot kernels
- Walnut shells
Are There any side effects?
These little particles can have jagged edges that can scratch and tear up skin. Apricot kernels are the absolute worst. Avoid!
Plus, they may not exfoliate evenly. If you scrub your chin for 2 minutes and your cheeks for 2 and half, your skin will be more exfoliated in some places than others.
- Washcloth (it’s the only form of physical exfoliation I recommend these days).
When it comes to exfoliation, chemical is best. AHAs and BHA do the job evenly and gently. Click To Tweet
Chemical VS Physical Exfoliation: Which Type Is Best?
Chemical exfolition all the way. Why?
- It exfoliates skin evenly
- It’s less likely to irritate skin.
- Chemical exfoliants also do other stuff like hydrate skin and boost collagen production.
Seriously, who said that chemical is bad?
Do you use physical or chemical exfoliants?