Here at Actifirm, we think exfoliation is one of the most important things you can do for your skin – evidenced in our signature Z-Peel, as well as our many cleansers and moisturizers with exfoliating benefits. If you’re skipping this vital step, it means you’re missing out on your best, most beautiful skin.
Exfoliators work by removing dry, dull skin cells from the surface, and these products fall into two main categories – physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are just as they sound – they use physical means such as crushed nutshells, sugar, or salt to manually slough off dead skin.These can be too abrasive for many skin types, including those that are breakout prone, so chemical exfoliators are a better choice for most people. Chemical exfoliators often contain alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids or plant-derived enzymes. Actifirm products use Japanese Mucor Miehei mushroom extract to gently lift away dead skin cells to reveal healthier skin beneath. Here are just a few common exfoliation questions, with our skincare expert answers:
Who should exfoliate? Everyone! Seriously. Whether you’re young or old, dry or oily, exfoliation has benefits for you. Regular exfoliation can help unplug pores to improve acne, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and give skin a healthy glow.
What should I look for in an exfoliator? Most skincare professionals recommend chemical exfoliators – contrary to the harsh-sounding name, they are gentler to skin. For example, Actifirm Z-Peel uses mushroom-derived enzymes to effectively whisk away dead cells while leaving living skin unharmed.
When is the best time to exfoliate? You can exfoliate any time of day, but if you apply therapeutic skincare products at night, do it just prior – exfoliating allows other products to penetrate better and do their jobs more thoroughly. Apply a product like Z-Peel after cleansing but before using moisturizers and other treatments. Bonus: Actifirm Z-Peel is gentle enough to be used daily.
Why should I add this step to my skincare regimen? Sure, exfoliating can help clear up breakout-prone skin and ease the look of fine lines and wrinkles – but as we’ve mentioned before, it also helps your other skincare products work better. That’s a win-win!
How will exfoliation improve the appearance of my skin? The most obvious benefits of exfoliation are clearer, smoother, brighter skin with diminished fine lines wrinkles and improved texture. Because ragged dead skin cells are removed, exfoliation also allows for optimal makeup application – so you can put your best face forward every day.
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