Cleaning off the dead skin cells on your outermost surface of your face is very important to maintain healthy skin and the overall texture. When your skin cells die they shed and can clog your pores, exfoliating your skin can prevent that build up and shed dead cells. This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne outbreaks. "Exfoliation should always be done after cleansing the skin. Exfoliation is important for women as well as men as it exposes the hair follicles, allowing a better shave. It is possible to over exfoliate, which dries and irritates the skin. The face is the part of the body most sensitive to exfoliation. Hence, provided that exfoliating causes the skin to dry out, it is very important to moisturize it, because dry skin can lead to wrinkle development." (Antria Brown)
So now that we know what and why exfoliating is important, what should we use? There are a million face products on the market promising to offer the best results. As a kid who suffered with acne outbreaks I can testify for a few brands and products that I have used and learned about. Today I'm going to share with you the top three that are in my need-to-know-about list.
First is the well known Apricot Scrub by St Ives. I used this for years hoping to clean my skin. This scrub promises great benefits like
- 100% Natural Exfoliants
- Paraben Free
- Oil Free
- 2% salicylic acid
- Dermatologist Tested
These seem like a great and promising benefits until you get to know it. A year ago I talked to an esthetician about the products I'd been using and the results I was getting and what I wanted for my skin. She told me that the Apricot scub is actually extremely harsh and can cause micro tears because it's made with walnut and shell indigents. So what's wrong with that? The shell and walnut shell is crushed and made into the harsh abrasive component which has sharp edges that can create micro scratches and lead to bacteria and acne. I didn't even realize that when I had pimples and used my scrub that it could open them and cause me to rub that bacteria across and into my other porse and pimples. Ew right? I stopped using this imminently and asked for a clarisonic for Christmas.
I've used my Clarisonic for almost a year now and can honestly tell you that my skin has transformed into something I'm proud to bare. But since it is a softer exfoliant I wanted a scrub for when I needed something deeper. I have been using an alternative to the Apricot Scrub called Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub by Clean & Clear. This scrub uses Microcrystalline Wax, or crystal beads to do the deep cleaning. These beads are round and don't have harsh or sharp edges that cause irritation and tears. I love this scrub because it gives my skin a great clean and I don't have to worry about any negative after effects. It's also made with a menthol that freshens my skin and makes it feel so tingly good!
If your into high end skin care the Face Polish by Laura Mercier is an amazing scrub! I got this from Sephora in a 500 points perk gift and fell head over heels for it. The formula is a creamy but purifying scrub made with moro beads that gently exfoliate and leave your skin feel soft because of the rich emollients. This leaves my face soft and glowing, who doesn't want that?
Depending on your skin; normal, combination, or oily can tell you how often should you use an exfoliant. I'm not a professional in skin care so I can only tell you my observation of what articles recommend. I would ask your skin specialist for further details and instructions for your skin. Personally, I exfoliate 3 times or so a week depending on how my skin is feeling.
I hope this mini post helps you understand a bit more about exfoliation and what to stay away from. I know a lot of you gorgeous beauties may use and love the Apricot scrub, but if you ask dermatologists and estheticians they would recommend you to stay away from harsh abrasives like that. Try these and let me know how they work for you, and if you've tried something and love it let me know!!!