What is a face exfoliator?
You’ll find there are two common types of face exfoliator: chemical and physical. The physical exfoliants are the scrubs with pieces, cloths and cleansing brushes – think of it as the physical act of sloughing off those dead skin cells!
A chemical exfoliant for the face are based on enzymes or acids, these are clever formulas that encourage dead skin cells to unlink from the skin, where they’re holding onto to release. If your skin is on the sensitive side, you may prefer chemical over physical exfoliators, and don’t worry the word ‘chemical’ might seem daunting for sensitive skin but choose the right gentle acids and your skin can enjoy exfoliating too.
How often should I exfoliate my face?
You’ll see us talk about the pillars of any skincare routine: cleanse, tone and moisturise, so where does exfoliating fit it? You should exfoliate between your cleanser and toner and we wouldn’t recommend every day to begin with.
Our skin varies by skin types and concerns so what exfoliator may work for you doesn’t work for others. We’d advise going with a gentle exfoliator and only a few times per week, depending on your skin type. Keep checking in with your skin’s response to exfoliating, anything irritant should be discontinued immediately otherwise trying using your chosen product for 28 days to see the results.