Let’s take a closer look at the different types of exfoliation.
Chemical exfoliants can penetrate into the skin, working to break down the bonds which hold dead skin cells together, allowing them to lift away from the surface. There are two main types of chemical exfoliant; Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which are water-soluble and target the skin’s surface layers to lift away dull, dead cells, and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) which are oil-soluble and work to penetrate inside the pore, shifting away debris, dead cells, and excess oil to clear congestion and fight breakout-causing bacteria.
If surface texture and luminosity is your concern, try Liquid Gold, our cult-favourite Liquid Gold contains 5% Glycolic Acid (AHA) formulated at a unique low pH of 2.8, with clinical studies showing it can visibly decrease the appearance of wrinkle depth, improve skin texture, and boost the skin’s moisture levels after just 20 minutes.
If congestion and breakouts are your focus, try Clear Skin Tonic with 2% Salicylic Acid (BHA), to tackle excess oil within the pore, while natural botanicals Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Thyme fight bacteria, calm and soothe stressed skin and work to reduce the life span of a breakout.
It should be noted that products containing Salicylic Acid are not suitable for use by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers; you will want to look at Glycolic Acid products instead.
Manual / physical exfoliation
This type of exfoliant is probably the one that immediately springs to mind when you think about exfoliation; it involves a bead or grain which works on the skin by gently rolling over the surface to dislodge dead skin cell build-up. Manual or physical exfoliants also help to remove any dirt or debris which has built up in the “mouth” of the pore. As such, it is a great option for people with open-pored skins who are prone to blackheads and congestion. Try Micro Super Scrub, combining 12% Glycolic Acid with eco-friendly Bamboo Stem pieces and Caffeine to harness the power of both physical and chemical exfoliants at the same time, this product mirrors the result of professional microdermabrasion in just one minute and all in the comfort of your own home.
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