Taking care of your skin may be tricky but there are ways to make it easier and simple.
After cleansing, splash warm water onto your face, and using your exfoliator, gently exfoliate using upward, circular motions. Don’t be too rough! Allow the exfoliating beads to work their magic – they should softly glide across your face, not scratch it. Rinse with warm water and gently pat dry with a towel. Follow up by lathering on moisturiser.
Are you doing it enough?
Sonette Donker, communications manager for Dermalogica SA, breaks it down…
‘There are so many wonderful exfoliants on the market, but fundamentally we get two different types – chemical and mechanical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliants contain digestive enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids. They dissolve the bonds (desmosomes) in between the cells, and the digestive enzymes digest the dead superficial cells. Beta hydroxy acids also help to digest dead skin cells. Although this is a deeper form of exfoliation, it’s often more gentle on the skin. Some of these exfoliants can be done daily as their action is very superficial, while others can only be used two to three times a week as these work deeper in the skin.
‘Mechanical exfoliants normally contain granules that remove the dead skin cells through friction. Although this isn’t a very deep exfoliation process, it stimulates the blood circulation and could potentially irritate a sensitive skin. Normally this type of exfoliation is recommended only two to three times a week.’
Did you know that your skin type also plays a vital role in the type of exfoliant you use? ‘Chemical exfoliants are suitable for all skin types (dry, sensitive, acne prone, oily and normal combination) as well as all skin conditions (sensitised, dehydrates, hyper pigmented, congested and prone to breakouts,’ explains Sonette. ‘On the other hand, mechanical exfoliants can’t be used on many skin types and skin conditions as it could be irritating. They’re only suitable for oily and normal combination skin types as well as congested skin.’
Chemical peeling versus exfoliation
Sonette explains the differences between exfoliation and chemical peels…
|Superficial penetration||Deep penetration|
|Little stimulation in deeper layers||Much stimulation in deeper layers|
|No visible peeling||Visible peeling|
|Long period treatment time||Short period treatment time|
|Results after a long period||Instant results|
|Shorter lasting results||Longer lasting results|
|Correction of minor skin imperfections||Correction of major skin imperfections|
|Treating skin in gentle manner||Treating skin more aggressively|
Make your own face mask…
Try this exfoliating AND moisturising face mask…
Combine ¼ mashed avocado with 5ml olive oil, 15ml honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. Apply to your face and leave for three to five minutes. Rinse with cool water.
3 exfoliators we love
SKNLOGIC Exfoliate with Papaya Extract, R77, visit Sknlogic.com for stockist info.
A powerful skin polisher that combines natural and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture and enhance penetration of actives into skin, while papaya extract works as an enzyme and repairs the skin.
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Scrub, R79.95, leading retailers. It’s an uplifting daily scrub for clearer, fresher and healthier looking skin every day. With powerful MICROCLEAR® technology and exfoliating microbeads, the formula unclogs pores to clean deeply and help eliminate spots and blemishes. The refreshing scrub gently purifies the skin without over drying, while a wave of pink grapefruit uplifts the senses with a burst of invigorating freshness!
Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Scrub, R119.99, leading retailers.
Containing gentle, pore-refining micro-particles with 1 percent Lactic Acid beads, this scrub helps to eliminate blackheads and other impurities while perfectly preserving the skin’s natural moisture balance. Skin is left feeling freshly invigorated and thoroughly cleansed. It is non-comedogenic and soap-free and oil-free.