The world of exfoliation can often be an intimidating and scary beast in the wild terrain of skincare for both newbies and experts alike. With words like chemical, physical, peels, it’s easy to just slowly back away and skip this step all together. But we’re here to hold your hand and break down the big, bad world of exfoliation so you can stop missing out on all of its amazing benefits (like allowing nutrients and other products to sink into your skin better). Trust us!

Physical vs. Chemical Exfoliation First, let’s discuss the difference between physical and chemical exfoliation.Physical exfoliation incorporates beads, sugar or other pieces of texture to scrub away debris and dead skin cells.

Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, won’t look like a typical scrub to the naked eye. It will contain a wide variety of acids (Lactic, Glycolic, Citric, etc.) in its list of ingredients to get the job done. Again, don’t panic. These are not the acids from your over-the-top scary movie. These are gentle ingredients that remove dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.

Fun fact: Our Dual Phase Vitamin C-Peel brings together the benefits of both physical and exfoliation in two, simple steps.

AHA vs. BHA Chemical exfoliates can be further broken down into two popular categories -- AHA and BHA. AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids, are natural and gentle exfoliators that break down the material that holds dead skin cells together and rids your skin of any dullness. The lactic acid in our C-Peel is an AHA derived from sour milk (although has none of the same scents!) and lesser known sources such as beer and pickles! Not only is lactic acid gentle and mild enough for those with sensitive skin, it also contains preservative and moisturizing properties. It’s our very own triple threat!

BHAs, or Beta Hydroxy Acids, are oil-soluble molecules that reach down further into your skin to rid your pores of any clogged up material. This makes it very suitable for those trying to eliminate blackheads or struggle with acne. Of course, you should speak to your dermatologist to understand which chemical exfoliant will best suit your skin.

How-To UseNow that we know what an exfoliant is, let’s discuss how to use it. Typically, you should incorporate an exfoliant into your routine one to two times a week. With this, you should see brighter, smoother, rejuvenated and radiant skin! You can (and should!) adjust the frequency of use depending on how your skin reacts to it, as with any other skincare product. Some people’s skin benefits from using it more than twice a week and others find that it accentuates their inner glow from using it just twice a month.

Pro Tip: After exfoliating, make sure you’re using a broad spectrum SPF as your skin may be extra sensitive to harsh UV rays.  

And with that, you have graduated Exfoliation 101. Congratulations!. Next step: Take the plunge and incorporate it into your regimen to reveal your most radiant skin yet. Our C-Peel is a great starting point for all skin types! Still have your reservations? Don’t hesitate to reach out on our social media channels. We never turn down an opportunity to delve deeper into the world of skincare.