Exfoliating. It’s the πŸ”‘ key to smoother, clearer and brighter skin✨!
Is exfoliating an essential part of a skin care routine? How often should we be exfoliating? What type of exfoliation should we be using : a chemical or a physical? If you’re also looking for answers to these skin care questions, we’ve got all the scrubby details for you. Exfoliation is the process of removing dirt, oil, dead skin cells and other environmental debris from the outermost layer of the skin dermis. By removing all those icky factors off our face, we can reveal younger, cleaner and brighter skin! Who wouldn’t want that? With the beautiful outdoor weather around the corner, my skin is ready to shine! Two popular facial exfoliants making waves on the market are the Wishful Yo Glow AHA & BHA Facial Enzyme Scrub and the Kate Somerville Liquid Exfolikate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment.

As we get older, our skin cell turnover begins to slow down and can result in a build up of dirt, oil and dead skin cells right on the surface of our faces. This leads to dullness, clogged pores, acne and even flaky skin. Exfoliation is an important step in everyone’s skin care routine. It helps remove the outermost top layer of gunk off our skin to reveal a smoother complexion, a brighter complexion and a clean canvas for other products to penetrate better into our skin.

As with any buzzworthy trend in skin care, the market is flooded with tons of exfoliators. There are physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators. Physical exfoliation involves using tools and abrasive substances to assist with the removal of skin dermis build up. This could be a brush, scrubbing sponges, or even ingredients such as sugar, salt or other micro elements. Chemical exfoliants use chemicals such as beta hydroxy acids, alpha hydroxy acids, enzymes or other acids to eat away at the dead skin. Sometimes chemical exfoliants can penetrate even deeper into the skin compared to physical exfoliants.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), chemical exfoliators work best for those with sensitive skin types, dry skin, or acne prone skin. And for those beauties who can’t seem to control their oil slick, physical exfoliators are recommended. But like everything we put on our face, there is a risk of over exfoliation. I know some of you like to jump head on when tackling a pesky problem. But when it comes to exfoliation, it's important to follow the directions and recommendations per the product label. Over exfoliation or the usage of the wrong type of exfoliation for your skin type can lead to irritation, skin damage or worse, zero results!

The Yo Glow AHA & BHA Facial Enzyme Scrub is a physical scrub that comes in multiple sizes and retails from $21 - $63.

This scrub also contains pineapple and papaya fruits enzymes to help target the dead skin cells and reveal a healthy glowy complexion.

The lightweight and milky texture works for all skin types and for such a gentle exfoliant, it definitely packs a powerful punch!

The Liquid Exfolikate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment is a chemical exfoliating liquid containing 10% AHA and fruits enzymes to eat away at the dullness of the skin surface. It comes in various sizes retailing between $24 - $68.

The product is formulated with a blend of glycolic, malic and lactic acids, as well as pumpkin, papaya and pineapple enzymes. It’s a fruity cocktail for your face!

With Glowish influencer Kaya, she is in need of a product to help with her sensitive, oily combination skin. Upon initial application of the Yo Glow enzyme scrub, she describes it as such a refreshing feeling after washing off the product. Immediately after day 3 of testing the product, Kaya can already see visible results in less redness and a more even skin tone and texture. After testing out the product for a full two weeks, the influencer is pleased with the results on her skin and would definitely recommend this product to those in need of a gentle exfoliation.

Glowish influencer Rachel has skin concerns surrounding her oily skin and enlarged pores. Hoping the Kate Somerville exfoliant will help, after day 4 of using the product, she notices a reduction in the appearance of her pores. Hoping to see if her pores will continue to improve, she does notice a bit more texture than usual on her skin after using the exfoliant for one week. However, at the end of the second week, Rachel is super impressed by her soft skin texture and significant reduction in pore size.

Will you be trying any of these exfoliators?