All about the exfoliation

Updated: Oct 29, 2019

Why exfoliate?

Your skin has 5 layers of skin the outer (which we see) is called stratum corneum.

This layer is made up of dead skin cells which are replaced every 2 weeks.

As we age, take certain medication, are in different weathers or have dietary changes the cells can take slightly longer to sloth off causing breakouts, rough patches, wrinkles and dull skin.

This can be prevented by exfoliating.

There are two types of exfoliators- chemical and physical.

Physical exfoliators

(buffing dead skin off with a product which has physical scrubbing particles or face cloths, face brushes, sponges).

As these can be AMAZING you need to be really careful with the pressure you use on your skin while using a physical exfoliator as you can cause sensitivity, irritations and even skin tears which can lead to premature ageing.

Ingredients to look out for-

Jojoba beads

Ground oatmeal

Salt and Sugar grains (wet face before and leave for a moment before exfoliating)

And more

Ingredients to avoid-

Apricot kernel


SKIN COACH TIP: light pressure will be more effective than being rough.

Chemical Exfoliators

You can apply a chemical exfoliator and basically leave it to do it's job which is to break down/ eat dead skin cells so they come off much easier. They can also send a message down to increase cell turn over (produce fresh cells).


Hydroxy Acids (AHAs, e.g. glycolic acid, lactic acid, magic acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid e.g. salicylic acid)

-Increase cell turnover

-Unstick dead skin cells

-Even out skin tone

-Reduce wrinkles

SKIN COACH TIP: Ensure you are wearing SPF as AHAs make your skin burn when you're exposed to the sun.

Retinoids (Vitamin A)

-Increase skin renewal

-Slows down collagen breakdown

-Acts as a antioxidant to repair cell damage

SKIN COACH TIP: To get the most out of your product make sure you are using it at night (and also wear SPF).

Enzymes (Pineapple e.g. bromelain, Papaya e.g. papain, pumpkin, kiwi, papaya e.g. actinidin)

-Breaks bonds between dead skin cells


SKIN COACH TIP: They are often in the form of wash off products. You shouldn't leave it on for more than 15 minutes.

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