How to: Facial Exfoliation

Friday, April 12, 2019

Exfoliating is a great thing! I’d love to do it not only to my skin but also parts of my life! I’ll keep you posted if I ever figure out how to do that, I’ll let you know. Exfoliating your skin is super important so you get all the bad crap off and make room for the new and better skin to come through. But as much as we love a exfoliator to scrub away all the problems on our skin, going overboard isn’t so great. It’s necessary, but you just gotta know what’s best for you and when/how to use it.
Luckily, there’s an exfoliator for everyone out there! There’s three different types that make up the wide world of exfoliating (get used to hearing that word): physical, chemical, and enzymatic. But whatever you chose, use it in moderation. Typically no more than 1-2 times a week. Overdoing it can either dry out your skin or make it oiler to try and balance itself back out. Keeping it to a minimal 1-2 times gives your skin a better chance to bounce back and renew itself.

There’s honestly so many options and when you split exfoliation further into the former categories I mentioned, it’s overwhelming! We have too many options for smoothing out our skin and not enough of the other stuff. Purifying, hydrating, brightening, and detoxifying are just some of the other options. Hence why I have a mini mart of masks under my sink. Hopefully some of my recommendations below help you navigate what’s best for you!

At one point, I loved a physical scrub. I had this philosophy that the harder I scrubbed, the better it was for me. Oh how silly of me. Now, I hate a physical scrub. Anything with grainy bits or some physical aspect makes me feel like I’m rubbing sand or rocks into my face. Summer Fridays Overtime Mask is just enough for me without turning me red like a strawberry. Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Treatment has that little bit of scrub but the enzymatic exfoliant is the real winner here. But now she has a liquid version that's everything I've ever wanted for everyday (!!) exfoliation. If you want to live that physical scrub life, these three get my approval: Fresh Soy Face Exfoliant, Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream, and Tatcha The Deep Cleanse.

You already heard me mention one of the best exfoliating treatments above, Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Treatment. Enzymatic exfoliators typically come from fruit extracts that have naturally occurring exfoliants in them to eat away at all the bad stuff. Most enzymatic exfoliators use the same enzymes from pineapples, papayas, and pumpkins. Tatcha and Amorepacific use similar ingredients in their products while Herbivore utilizes the most fruit enzymes in their products like the Brighten mask, Blue Tansy mask, and Moon Fruit Overnight treatment. All great for gentle but effective exfoliation and resurfacing.

Lastly is chemical which I like in cleansers because of the big selection but they’re also found in masks and other skincare products. I love Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce cleanser so much that I frequently say it’s one of my favorite cleansers ever. Glow Recipe also makes exfoliation simple with their overnight Watermelon Sleeping Mask, which is just fab if you ask me. The most popular exfoliant on the market now is the Drunk Elephant Babyfacial and for good reason. It’s 25% AHA exfoliants and 2% BHAs to really pack that exfoliating punch. I’ve been back and forth with this product because most of the time I feel like it doesn’t do anything for me but it works for everyone else.

Exfoliating is super important. Almost as important as just washing your face. Once or twice a week take any of these products to your face and watch how much smoother and soft your face will look and feel! But just don’t over do it. Please. Then I recommend spritzing on what seems like a useless face mist but you just feel so fancy doing it so why not?

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