Time to scrub up for SPARKLY NEW SKIN!
As we get older, our skin- cell turnover slows down, and we begin to notice more and more issues that need to be tackled, from discoloration and dullness to fine lines and wrinkles. But it’s not all bad news. Regular exfoliation helps rid your face of dull, dead skin cells to boost radiance, clarity and smoothness and give skin a younger appearance. So, what kind of exfoliator should you go for? Well, here are a few guidelines...
Manual exfoliators are suitable for normal skin. Most people are familiar with manual, or physical, exfoliators or scrubs. These washes contain small beads or abrasive particles that are massaged into the skin, physically lifting away dead skin cells. Normal skin will benefit from exfoliation once a week. Try Vichy’s Purété Thermale Exfoliating Cream, €14.75, or L’occitane’s Angelica Exfoliator, €22.95.
Chemical exfoliators are best for oily skin. They rely on acids derived from fruit or milk to loosen the glue that binds dead cells to the skin’s surface. They are extremely effective and in shop-bought products have a very low level of acid to gently clear and brighten the skin. Check out Neostrata’s Exfoliating Wash, €27. Enzyme exfoliators are suitable for all skin types. These kinds of exfoliator are generally used by those sensitive to beauty products. The enzymes tend to be derived from fruits such as papaya, pineapple and pumpkin, natural alternatives to synthetic acid variants like glycolic.
Quite often an exfoliator will have two skinclearing actions; these can be more powerful than single types. Shiseido’s Bio-performance Super Exfoliating Pads, which are both a physical and enzyme product, are popular and very effective. The pads have a silky side and a textured side (for lifting dead skin) and are also impregnated with brewer’s yeast that becomes active when wet (steep at €68 for eight pads, but you only use one a week). Philosophy’s The Microdelivery (€75, Arnotts) works in two steps: a salicylic activating gel that has a peeling function (chemical), followed by vitamin C crystals (manual) for super-smooth skin.
Whichever exfoliator you choose, it should not irritate your skin; with some, light peeling is to be expected but none should burn or hurt. Don’t forget to include your neck and décolleté in your exfoliation. Always be gentle with the skin and finish with nourishing moisturiser. firstname.lastname@example.org