3 Types of Exfoliants to Rejuvenate Your Skin

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Exfoliating is an important part of skin care and one of the quickest ways to achieve the youthful glow you have always dreamed of.

Here are the three different types of exfoliants you can try at home:

Physical Exfoliants

This is the most common and well-known type of exfoliant. It is typically found in the form of a scrub or brush that you rub into your skin to physically remove the old skin cells and clear the skin.

It is important to choose a physical exfoliant that has small exfoliating pieces because products with large pieces can damage the skin. You should apply the exfoliant in small circles with a gentle touch.

It is most frequently recommended for physical exfoliants to only be used once or twice a week, but if your skin is sensitive, you should use it less frequently. Watch out for signs of over-exfoliation, such as irritated or red skin, with this product.

Chemical Exfoliants

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are an excellent form of chemical exfoliant to add to your skincare regime. This product is designed to work overtime to regulate your skin's ability to shed dead cells. The result is not instantaneous like with a physical exfoliant, but over time you will begin to notice your skin looking brighter and smoother. This is a great choice to prevent or reduce the appearance of aging. It minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage.

Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are another chemical exfoliant that can be used as a standalone exfoliator or in combination with an AHA. BHAs penetrate down into your skin's pores, so it is effective on oily and acne prone skin. This is a good choice if you have stubborn blackheads to remove or are predisposed to clogged pores. This exfoliant is typically gentler on the skin than AHA, so it is an option for those with sensitive skin. Regular use of this product will result in smoother, softer skin.


At-home chemical peels are now on the market, making it easier than ever to get the effects of a facial while relaxing at home. This treatment will help with discoloration, patchy skin, and result in a bright, glowing appearance. Chemical peels have a higher concentration of acid than AHA and BHA exfoliants, making the results immediate.

Peels work quickly to remove the top layer of the skin where the dead cells collect by unbinding the connection of skin cells. Peels should not be used in high or moderate frequency due to the high concentration of acid they contain. You should also take care to apply sunscreen and be gentle with your skin in the days and weeks following a peel.

Exfoliation can increase collagen production, resulting in a high turnover rate of new skin cells, and is key to achieving radiant skin. Physical and chemical exfoliants can be used together, but be wary of introducing any exfoliating product too quickly. Chemical peels are an excellent choice for less frequent, intensive exfoliation.

These products will renew your skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, and diminish signs of aging.

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