You may think the most important part of your routine is the expensive serum or eye cream, but the fact is unless you have exfoliated your skin, those beautiful ingredients are not going to work - at least not as well as it should.
Yup it is but think about it - serums especially are designed to penetrate to get to the lower layers of the skin to boost collagen production, hydrate and stimulate. If there is an extra few layers of dead skin, pollution, makeup sweat, it just makes it so much harder to get where it needs to go.
Not only that but makeup, bb cream, lipstick etc all sits better on a buffed skin- and if you are prone to acne breakouts then exfoliating is a must.
So what do we want when we are buying an exfoliator?
You want mechanical and chemical if possible, so this means something like fine pumice, Jojoba Beads, rice powder, clays etc as your mechanical polish, this literally helps to sloth off that top layer of dead skin plus you want you face acid's either AHA or BHA (natural of course) to help buff and detox.
These can be either AHA or BHA's.
- AHA like glycolic, lactic or fruit acids are great for the top layers of the skin and getting that instant glow.
- BHA like salicylic are great for acne or black heads as it penetrates deeper.
- Hyaluronic acid is also brilliant for deep hydration and plumping.
These are my absolute favourite exfoliators you must try.
Wild Crafted Native Hibiscus - Doubles as a mask and exfoliator and contains hibiscus which is rich in Salicylic Acid.
Retreatment Botanics Refining Face Polish - Uses AHA from Lily Pily and Clay
Inika Caviar Lime Exfoliator - Uses AHA from Caviar Lime and Bamboo Stem
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If you are trying them for the first time test on the inside of your arm 24 hours prior.
Try to do an exfoliation 1-2 times a week at least after you cleanse before you apply your serums and cream.