Chemical vs. Physical Exfoliation: Which is better for you?
Whether you are new to the skincare game or a seasoned professional, you have probably heard of exfoliation. Exfoliating is a must in every skincare routine in order to achieve a glowing complexion. It is recommended that you exfoliate 2-3 times a week to rid your face of dry and dead skin cells which helps decrease clogged pores, breakouts, and dull skin.
There is no doubt that incorporating some sort of exfoliant in your skincare regime will improve the texture and tone of your skin, but how do you know whether to use a chemical or physical exfoliant? To help you decide which exfoliator is best for your skin, let’s dig deeper into the differences.
Chemical exfoliants sound scary, but fear not! The chemicals in these products are in low doses or combined with soothing ingredients that will break down your dead skin so it can be washed away without irritating your face. These exfoliants feature chemicals including enzymes, such as fruit enzymes, and facial acids, such as salicylic acid. It is also important to note that many facial cleansers include chemical exfoliants, so beware of over-exfoliating.
Physical exfoliants are just that–you physically or manually exfoliate your skin with products containing rough, tiny particles that will scrub away dead skin. Physical exfoliants vary greatly, so it is important to find a product that works best for your skin. You want to be sure that it does its job without being too harsh on your face.
Now that you know the difference between chemical and physical exfoliants, which is better for you? It really comes down to personal preference and skin sensitivity.
Chemical exfoliants are quick and easy to evenly apply while physical exfoliants may require a bit more time and attention. Physical exfoliants are always a great way to start, especially if your skin is prone to allergic or negative reactions. You could even use both chemical and physical exfoliators in your skincare routine, but be sure that you are incorporating them correctly. Over-exfoliating can damage the skin leaving it more vulnerable.
It is also important to consider your skin goals when choosing an exfoliant since they have many uses. Regardless of which route you go, exfoliating your skin a couple times a week will lead to brighter, smoother, and more youthful skin. After a few weeks, everyone will be asking you for your skincare secret!