Time to scrub up for SPARKLY NEW SKIN!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

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. laura.berming­ham@mailonsun­day.ie

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