Exfoliating your skin can feel like a chore, an extra step in your skincare routine that is usually neglected or forgotten about. We’re here to remind you how important it is to incorporate exfoliating into your skincare routine to ensure you have healthy, glowy and radiant skin!
Let’s talk about exfoliating. Have you ever wondered what is the optimal amount of times you should exfoliate in a week? Or have you ever wondered what the difference is between physical and chemical exfoliants? Whatever your questions may be, we at SANS are happy to guide you through this.
So when does your skin tell you that it needs to be exfoliated?
There shouldn’t be an indicator of when you should only exfoliate. However, if you’re using a physical exfoliant, it should only be used no more than twice a week as the exfoliant could be doing more harm than good to your skin!
What can exfoliation do for your skin?
Remove dead skin cells
Reduce blemishes and clogged pores
Some people with acne may think that exfoliating their skin further damages it. This is true, depending on whether you are using the correct type of exfoliant, and if you’re doing it correctly.
Reduces the risk of flaky and patchy skin
Flaky and patchy skin is usually the result of built-up layers of dead skin cells.
Did you know that there are two types of exfoliants?
Chemical exfoliants are usually known as AHA, BHA, and plant enzymes. At SANS, we have an exfoliating toner that is gentle enough to be used daily, and it contains both AHA and BHA. Our two peas in a pod toner work great for all skin types because it is paired with a number of skin-soothing factors that ensure it is gentle, allowing daily usage.
Grounded nut shells and coffee beans are commonly found in physical exfoliants. These ingredients act as the exfoliant, by buffing away and removing the dead skin cells on your face. While this is one of the most sought methods of exfoliation, there is also dermaplanning, which helps remove dead skin and peach fuzz without harming the skin if used correctly.
If you decide to use a physical exfoliant, do look out for these ingredients:
Large nuts that have a rough and coarse texture
Microbeads (they can harm the environment as they are not biodegradable!)
SLS, parabens, fragrance
Which type of exfoliant is suitable for me?
If you have acne-prone skin, try to avoid using physical exfoliants as they may do more harm than good, by irritating your skin further, leaving it inflamed. Chemical exfoliants on the other hand are suitable for all skin types. The only difference is that each skin types require a different frequency of using a chemical exfoliant, but the optimal amount to chemically exfoliate is twice a week!
Remember, exfoliating the dead skin cells on your body is just as important as exfoliating your face!