Exfoliating is an essential and regular step to everyone’s skincare regime as it removes the build-up of dead skin cells from the outermost layer of our epidermis. In giving the skin a helping hand of desquamation, the complexion looks brighter, feels softer and will accept more easily and readily all of the active ingredients from moisturisers, serums and masks. Once a week is the perfect commitment to exfoliating, but it can depend on the individual: if sunscreen, tan or heavy foundations are used regularly, or the skin is very dry / flaky, 2-3 times a week is better. Daily is never necessary! The skin can easily become dehydrated with over exfoliating. Note: in this, we speak of facial exfoliating, although that for the body is equally important!
There are two types of mechanical (performed by hands) facial exfoliants, the first being the one that most will think of automatically:
A Scrub: Micro beads in a gel, cream or oil base and gentle circular motions can be used to exfoliate the skin. Many find it a handy product in the shower as it can be rinsed easily. Facial exfoliant micro beads are polished or rounded so they are not jagged on the skin (beware of making scrubs for your face at home with sea salt or sugar: these pieces can damage and upset the skin). Micro beads are often made of micro plastics in many generic products which when we rinse down the sink are being brought back into our food chain so it is wise to check out the ingredients list to know what exactly you are using.
PHYT’S Activ’Peel is an exfoliant using polished bamboo particles instead of plastic (environmentally friendly) to gently exfoliate and bring radiance to the complexion. Lemon peel and grapefruit peel essential oils are used to lighten and brighten the complexion for instantaneous results so this exfoliant suits dull, sallow skin, or an oily to combination skin.
A Soft Peel: The lesser known of mechanical exfoliation is a soft peel, scrub or en Français a Gommage. This is a cream product which is applied to the skin in a thin layer. It is then exfoliated by gentle circular movements, adhering to dead cells revealing a soft, hydrated and calm skin. No water is needed. They are sometimes clay, gel or cellulose based.
PHYT’S Gommage Contact+ has a plant cellulose base with Ylang Ylang for anti-inflammatory and toning effect and sunflower oil to hydrate the skin as you exfoliate. It is for all skin types but especially dry, dehydrated, sensitive, inflamed or reactive (acne, rosacea, dermatitis etc.). Apply after cleansing to a dried skin in a thin layer, lips and eyelids included. Then use fingertips to gently exfoliate the Gommage off by small circular motion. Over the sink is wise as the particles fall!
The main point for all exfoliation is to be gentle with your skin: a scrub does not mean to scour like a cooker! Skin is silk: condition it with care 🙂