Exfoliating is one of the critical components of a skincare routine that needs to be done the right way with the right products. It makes the skin look smoother and more radiant, and at the same time, leaves it feeling lighter and cleaner. That’s because it effectively removes excess oils, dirt, product build-up and debris that clog the pores and cause skin blemishes like pimples and acne.
Many factors, like the weather and unhealthy practices, make our skin dull and damaged, which is why getting the right exfoliants is so important. Get it wrong and you increase your risk of skin issues and further damage due to over-exfoliation with the wrong tool or product.
Before you buy exfoliating products, make sure you know your skin type and what it needs. The exfoliator that works for a particular skin type may not work for another and could cause more harm than good. So, check out all the information you need about skin exfoliants first to get the most out of the products you buy.
People with oily skin typically have an overproduction of sebum, an oily substance made of fats. Persistently dry skin, on the other hand, is often due to various external factors like the weather and low air moisture, or you could have a naturally dry complexion.
Anyone can have either dry or oily skin or a combination of both, but regardless of your skin type, the right exfoliant can help solve some common skin issues associated with it. So, if you have oily skin, dry skin, or something in between, here are some of the exfoliators you can try.
The most appropriate exfoliators for oily skin are the physical ones, like a facial scrub or a cleansing device. Most cosmetologists would recommend using devices with lighter granules like jojoba beads to avoid skin damage. You can also use a cleaning brush for heavy makeup days due to their deep-cleaning oscillating bristles.
People with dry skin benefit from exfoliators that remove dead skin while providing hydration, so we recommend choosing an exfoliant with hydrating ingredients. You can also benefit from a honey-based product, a moisturising oil, or a product with a creamy texture. For example, cleansing scrubs that contain finely milled pumice grains and natural coconut oil can clean your skin surface while locking in moisture for a smooth complexion.
If you have a normal to dry type of skin, then you are in luck. Most products will work for you, or at least you have broader options for exfoliating products. That’s because your skin is less sensitive to exfoliation and has no acne lesions. That doesn’t mean you should grab the first product you find. Instead, it’s best to try various exfoliators until you find the one that works best for you.
Different skin issues require unique skincare products. If your skin is acne-prone, mature or sensitive, make sure you stock your bathroom with the right exfoliant to address your needs. Here are some tips to consider for choosing the best product for your skin condition.
Whether your acne is mild or severe, regular exfoliation can brighten your complexion. However, extra care is necessary for skin with acne lesions to minimise further irritation, so abrasive physical exfoliators are never an option. Instead, use chemical exfoliators like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) to fight oil and acne from a deeper skin level.
Older and mature skin is more sensitive and dry, so exfoliation for this skin type is necessary to increase skin cell turnover and allow essential ingredients to penetrate. So, if you have mature skin, you can benefit from physical exfoliators to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Then, combine it with chemical exfoliators infused with ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHA) to make your skin soft and glowing.
Unfortunately, physical and chemical exfoliators are not suitable for sensitive skin, and light powders like oatmeal and rice are the safest options. People with sensitive skin caused by a medical condition like rosacea or eczema must also avoid scrubbing. There are plenty of good products on the market perfect for moisturising sensitive skin, so shop around.
There is no shortage of exfoliating products that can do wonders for your skin, whatever skin type you have. A proper skincare regimen is just as important as the other things you do for your health. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, after all, so don’t neglect it.
Skincare specialists at Vinci Aesthetics can help with the nuances of finding the right products for your skin type. Furthermore, we can advise on the best treatments to give your skin a boost. We offer a complimentary skin assessment to all our new clients. Book your appointment today!