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How to exfoliate your face

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In a world of perfect self-care, exfoliation also happens regularly, ideally twice weekly. But we get it, you’re busy, but there’s no day better to start, this is your time to shine! When your skin is properly exfoliated it allows for your serums, moisturisers and oils to better sink in and helps you achieve that glow you’re after. So why would you skip this step? Just in case you’re not completely sure how to slough that flaking away, you’ve come to the right place. Here's your guide to exfoliation.

 

1. Types of Exfoliation: There are two main methods for at-home exfoliation, physical and chemical.

    Physical exfoliation uses a small grains, a brush, or a scalpel. But not all physical exfoliants are created equally. Avoid large exfoliants like fruit pits and nut shells since these have a tendency to cause micro-tears in the skin. What’s a micro-tear? There are rough, etched tears made to the epidermis which shows the unevenness of physical exfoliation.

    If you're in the market for a physical exfoliant to slough off the upper layer of the skin, Polished: Refining Exfoliant is made from rice flour, a grain so fine that it's almost like getting a microdermabrasion treatment at the spa. If used once or twice week, it can help polish away dead skin cells and lessen the appearance of acne marks, fine lines, dark spots and sun damage. Rice flour granules are tiny enough not to be irritating, but powerful enough to get the job done.

    Chemical exfoliation uses enzymes, such as citric acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid to gently dissolve dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Hold the phone, aren’t chemicals bad? Remember that the water we drink and the air we breathe are chemicals. What you’re looking for is a natural, non-toxic chemical exfoliant A chemical exfoliation works by gently wiping away the damaged, dead and brown pigmented epidermal cells that prevent your moisturiser from soaking in and hydrating skin.


    If you’re on the market for a gentle chemical exfoliant, Canvas: Resurfacing AHA & BHA Treatment contains bilberry (lactic acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid), orange peel and lemon (citric acid),  Kakadu plum (Vitamin C) and white willow bark (salicylic acid) exfoliates, resurfaces and stimulates skin to produce more collagen. The AHAs such as fruit enzymes (alpha hydroxy acids) remove the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. Glowing skin is in sight! However AHAs, are water soluble and can’t penetrate into pores so that’s where you need BHAs such as white willow bark (beta hydroxy acids) which are oil soluble molecules that reach deeper into your pores to unclog pores. 

     

    2. Skin Type: Consider your skin type before choosing an exfoliation method:

    Dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin:

      • A mild chemical exfoliator such as Canvas: Resurfacing AHA & BHA Treatment contains bilberry (lactic acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid), orange peel and lemon (citric acid),  Kakadu plum (Vitamin C) and white willow bark (salicylic acid) exfoliates, resurfaces and stimulates skin to produce more collagen; or
      • A physical exfoliant such as Polished: Refining Exfoliant , a gentle rice grain exfoliator so fine that it's almost like getting a microdermabrasion treatment at the spa, mixed with Purified: Purifying Cleanser which contains lactic acid. This combination forms a gentle, non-irritating paste to exfoliate your skin once a week.
      Oily, mature, combination skin:
        • A physical exfoliant such as Polished: Refining Exfoliant , a gentle rice grain exfoliator so fine that it's almost like getting a microdermabrasion treatment at the spa, mixed with water; or
          • For a more gentle exfoliation, Canvas: Resurfacing AHA & BHA Treatment contains bilberry (lactic acid), sugar cane (glycolic acid), orange peel and lemon (citric acid),  Kakadu plum (Vitamin C) and white willow bark (salicylic acid) exfoliates, resurfaces and stimulates skin to produce more collagen.

           3. Be gentle to your skin:

          • Physical exfoliant: Apply the product gently using small, circular motions. Do this for about 20 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm – not hot – water. If you use a brush or sponge, use short light strokes. Never exfoliate if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned.
          • Chemical exfoliant: apply it directly to your skin after a shower when pores are open and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Use a cloth to wash off and remove any sticky residue.

           

          4. Follow with moisturiser: Exfoliating can be drying to the skin so follow up with a moisturiser with humectant ingredients that grab and attract moisture and emollient ingredients that sea in the moisture, immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin hydrated.

          • Oily skin: Only a light, rather than heavy, moisturiser such as Sol
          • Acne prone, sensitive: Use a lotion that assists to treat blemishes and redness, whilst adding moisture to your skin such as The Limelight
          • Dry, combination: Use a creamy moisturiser with oils and butters such as Luna Vitality 

          5. Find the right schedule for you: How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type and exfoliation method. Generally, the more aggressive the exfoliation, the less often it needs to be done. We recommend:

          • Acne-prone and sensitive skin: once a week for dry; or
          • Oily, mature and combination skin: twice a week.

             

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