The question that a lot of people ask themselves is whether or not they really need to exfoliate their skin. If you want to have healthy, glowing skin, then the answer is absolutely yes. As children, our skin has the ability to renew itself regularly. However, as we age, the skins ability to do this on its own rapidly decreases, so unfortunately as a result, the only way to renew the skin and achieve the soft, subtle skin we need is by exfoliating the dead skin cells away so that they can be replaced by new ones. Regular exfoliation will also help to keep the skin looking youthful and allow for better penetration of your skincare products.

So, how often should you be exfoliating?

This is a really good question. The answer to this one really depends on your skin type. It is generally recommended that you give your skin a gentle exfoliation 2-3 times per week, however this should only be done if your skin shown no sign of irritation. Those with dry, mature or sensitive skin should be exfoliating a little less often, aiming for 1-2 times per week. If you have combination, acne prone, or oily skins, these can generally tolerate an exfoliation 3 times per week. 

Is chemical or physical best?

Again, this will depend on personal preference, and your skin type. Physical exfoliants are often grainy, and contain abrasive ingredients to physically remove, or buff the dead skin cells away. Chemical exfoliants will use enzymes or acids to dissolve and digest the dead skin cells from the skins surface. These can come in the form of a cream, gel, and also in some scrubs, which will offer a nice combination of the two. When using a physical scrub, be sure to only use gentle pressure. Pressing too hard will only cause irritation and not benefit your skin in any way. 

Our favourites

Skin Matrix AHA Exfoliating Scrub 120ml

Remove dead cells and say hello to clear and smooth skin. Jojoba beads effectively exfoliate the skin whilst our signature AHA blend keeps pores clean and clear. Recommended for all skin types except very sensitive.  Skin Matrix proudly uses biodegradable beads (made of natural Jojoba) that are healthy for you and the earth.Our scrub is free parabens, sulfates, silicones, DEA's, and artificial colours.

HydroPeptide Polish and Plump - 2 Part Peel System

Instantly receive the benefits of a gentle microdermabrasion, a light chemical peel and a pampering facial in just two easy steps.

After cleansing, apply a pea-sized amount of Peel 1 Polishing Crystals on skin and massage crystals gently in upward circular motions for 1 to 2 minutes. Do not scrub. Do not remove and apply Peel 2 Plumping Activator over Peel 1 and massage for 2 to 3 more minutes.Foam will appear and skin may feel warm and tingly.Do not leave on skin for more than 8 minutes.Rinse and dry.Follow with appropriate HydroPeptide hydrating product.For Sensitive Skin: Premix Peel 1 and 2 then apply thin layer of mixture on skin without massaging and let set for 3 to 5 minutes.

The Hemp Drop Desert Lime Enzyme Mask 70ml

A Vitamin C infused plant-based enzyme mask to instantly exfoliate, smooth, soften and rejuvenate the skin. Papaya and Bromelain from Pineapple are power exfoliants with antibacterial qualities, stopping blemishes in their tracks. Desert Lime, rich in Vitamin C, is supercharged with Rutin from the Flame Tree to brighten and enhance skin firmness. Think of enzymes like little pacmen eating up the glue that holds dead skin together on the outermost layer. They are a gentle, yet effective form of exfoliant making this ideal for all skin types, even sensitive.

Smooth a thin layer of enzymes over clean, dry skin, and leave on for 3-15 minutes.Use 1-2 times a week or more frequently as the skin requires.

Grown Alchemist Polishing Exfoliant 75ml

A gentle skin-polishing exfoliant formulated for daily use, to gently delaminate dry and dead skin cells and stimulate cell regeneration. Facial skin is left looking radiant, calm and smooth, perfectly prepared for moisturising.

Apply to damp facial skin, neck and décolletage. Gently massage in and rinse off with warm water. Ideal for all skin types. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact with eyes occurs rinse well with warm water.

Saya AHA Face Exfoliant 100ml

A beautiful citrus scented face exfoliant that will refine and smooth the texture of your skin. A gentle way to remove dead skin cells, this product will reveal radiant, glowy skin. It will increase the rate of skin cell renewal, helping sun damage, scarring and hyperpigmentation. We’ve formulated this product with a Fruit Acid Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) Complex of Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Apple, Orange & Lemon, to breakdown dead skin cells and reveal new skin. Finely milled Jojoba Beads will also provide a small amount of physical exfoliation for any stubborn areas.Suitable for all skin types, except sensitive. You may experience redness or tingling following the use of this product.Exfoliate 1-3 times per week.

Gentle massage onto cleansed skin and rinse well. For an intensive exfoliation, leave on the skin for 1 minute and rinse well. 

No matter which form of exfoliation you choose, It is important to learn the warning signs that you may be over doing it. If you experience any form of irritation, be it redness, dryness or flaking skin, be sure to step it back. Over exfoliating your skin can strip the barrier of essential natural oils which may lead to it becoming dry, irritated and red. If you have acne prone skin, stripping the skin of its oil can also lead to further breakouts and congestion. There is no need to be alarmed or scared of exfoliating, just be sure to figure out the correct balance that your skin can tolerate, and you will be glowing in no time!


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