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What’s the best way to exfoliate?

“To exfoliate involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface” and is the KEY to beautifully, glowing skin.

So we know the basics, but which method is best? In this blog, we reveal the ins & outs of exfoliation.


Mechanical exfoliation is a method we’re all very familiar with. Simply put, we’re manually exfoliating the skin but with a little help! Depending on preference; salt and sugar scrubs, sand, crystals, rice and oatmeal or Microdermabrasion are all mechanical methods to rid the skin of dead skin cells. Usually added into into a cream or gel formula to gently yet effectively exfoliate the skin.

Mechanical exfoliation, be it not a deep method, it still works brilliantly and can be done in the comfort of your own home 1-2 times weekly. It’s great for all skin types, including sensitive skin but it’s always great to do your research before exfoliating, some scrubs are more abrasive than others!


Chemical – at home

Ok, so there’s too many to list. But let’s stick to basics and start with the more commonly used; AHA or in its proper form, ‘Alpha Hydroxy Acid.’

AHA’s are natural substances found in fruits (Glycolic acid derived from sugar cane) and milk-based products (Lactic acid derived from milk). They act as an exfoliant to break down the glue-like layer that adheres the dead skin cells to the skin, this reveals that smooth and soft complexion we look for after exfoliating.

As AHA’s are attracted to water, they’re a great humectant, which means they draw in moisture and offer hydration. Not only this, they also they work to fight against fine lines and wrinkles on the upper-most layer of the dermis. A product with AHA is mostly suited to those with dry or sensitive skin as it’s gentle yet effective and will also work to reduce sun damage and pigmentation.

BHA’s or ‘Beta Hydroxy Acid’ comes in the form of salicylic acid which is derived from the Willow Bark Tree. This acid works much deeper into the dermis to flush out any impurities and unclog pores. As they do not have humectant properties, BHA’s will soak up additional oils without stripping the skin of its moisture and are mostly suited to acne and oily prone skin.


Chemical – for pros

The power of natural acids and active ingredients work to deeply exfoliate and brighten the skin. Skin Peels work to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production, helping to reveal fresher, clearer, brighter skin.

Our variety of industry leading Skin Peels use a non-toxic chemical solution to remove the top layer of dead cells which encourages new, fresh ones to grow in their place.


Dry brushing

A slightly more old fashioned, yet still extremely effective form of exfoliation. There’s no hidden surprises with this one, it’s simply a firm bristle brush, rubbed over the body in circular motions to brush away dead skin cells and promote healthy, fresh skin. It’s also a great way to stimulate good blood circulation too. A little more of a workout than the others, but a brilliant way to exfoliate for those who love to tan, this rids streaky patches like a dream!


So, whichever method you choose and is right for you, always remember to finish your routine with a hydrating and protective moisturiser for beautifully glowing skin!


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By HC MedSpa
16th August 2019