It’s a question we hear often – and there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. There are seemingly endless varieties of exfoliators and as many skin types. Stay with us as we first explore the various types of exfoliators, and then talk about how to gauge your exfoliation needs.
Mechanical exfoliators use a physical element to scrub away dull skin cells, which can leave skin with a “glow” but can also cause micro tears and damage to living skin’s surface. For this reason, we don’t recommend this kind of exfoliator.
Acid products such as AHAs and BHAs use chemical means to renew skin, which can be effective but harsh on sensitive and delicate types. When using an acid exfoliator, it’s best to start with once-a-week application and see how your unique skin responds.
The surest way to effectively and safely exfoliate is through enzyme exfoliation. The Actifirm Z-Peel is one such product. Japanese Mucor Miehei Mushroom extract works to gently lift dead cells while leaving living skin healthy and intact. The result is brighter, more smoothly textured skin with a reduction in the appearance of fine lines. The good news is that for most people, Actifirm 15% Z-Peel is suitable for daily use!
As far as exfoliation frequency is concerned, the perfect amount will vary according to the combination of products used and skin type. You’ll have to experiment to determine the “sweet spot” for your skin. With chemical exfoliators, follow package instructions and adjust to your tolerance. Because Z-Peel uses gentle enzymes, you can start with every other day application and then build up to daily if your skin accepts it.
The top signs that you are over exfoliating – too often or too harshly – are redness, irritation, and heightened sensitivity. A little redness following exfoliation is normal, but if skin is still red hours later or even the next day, you’re overdoing it. Too little exfoliation can leave skin rough and dull, and you may also notice other products not absorbing properly and working as well. Use your instincts to find the perfect exfoliation balance, and your skin will glow with your efforts!
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