Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine to get rid of dead cells and resurface the skin. Exfoliating skin on a regular basis keeps it healthy and fresh as dead skin cells make it dull, flaky, and clog pores.
Young and healthy skin regularly shed dead skin cells and build up new cells. As we age, skin's ability to get rid of dead cells reduces, and as a result skin becomes old, dull, and unhealthy. Exfoliating skin can result in healthier smooth, hydrated, fresh younger-looking, and even-toned skin.
But what kind of exfoliator should you use? Which one is better physical or chemical? There’s no one answer to that as it depends on what your skin needs.
Physical exfoliators come in the form of scrubs and gels usually with use small granules, to physically remove dead skin cells. They exfoliate the skin on the surface and rinsed-off after application.
It’s important to choose a gentle and nourishing formula, as these can be too harsh on the skin and worse on the pores. At the same time, to take care that you don't rub it very harshly on the skin, be gentle with it.
If you have acne avoid physical exfoliation as it may worsen it and spread the infection.
PRO TIP: If you physically exfoliate your skin, use your pinky fingers to avoid harsh rubbing.
Chemical exfoliants speed up the natural process of shedding dead skin cells that slowdowns over time) and improve skin cell turnover and work on a deeper level. Its regular usage also improves texture and smoothen skin. The most common are AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids).
Picking the right product comes down to your skin type and skin concerns.
While not all physical exfoliants and scrubs, there are also non-abrasive scrubs, which could be gentle. But be mindful if it makes you feel even a tiny bit scratchy, as it may compromise your skin surface.
As a common notion, people are afraid of using chemicals on their face. However, these are skin-friendly acids that not only protect skin from probable skin damage that physical exfoliants can cause but also improves the appearance of the skin, and keeps it healthy. So, we don't shy away from using chemical exfoliants.
Be sure to also consider what your skin needs as there is no one-size-fits-all!