Exfoliation 101: A Skincare Lesson

It’s 2021, and the global skincare craze is realer than ever. Everyone is suddenly obsessed with nourishing face creams, moisturizing serums and anti-gravity face masks. This is in some measure, very good. But the truth is that one of the key steps to healthy, young and radiant skin is often neglected: proper exfoliation on a regular basis. 

Many people, unfortunately, still skip one of the fundamental steps of the beauty routine, aka exfoliating. And we can understand why. It seems very complicated and even scary (ehm, acids? On the face? What?) at first.

 However, without adequate exfoliation, the whole following skincare routine loses its meaning. It is in fact a fundamental step to combat the first signs of aging and to keep the skin elastic and luminous over time. Moreover, it allows every product we apply afterwards to penetrate deeply and maximises its effect.

Exfoliation 101: your FAQ 
When should I exfoliate?
Easy peasy – after you have properly cleansed your skin, best would be a double cleanse.
Are Acids harmful for my skin?
Exfoliators are made with experience ad specifically targeted to your skin type. So, it’s perfectly fine to use them. Just listen to your skin and don’t overdo it.
Is there a must-do when it comes to exfoliating daily?

YES, please wear sunscreen every day. It’s super important to protect your skin and to avoid discoloration and dark spots.
How often should I exfoliate?

This depends on your skin type, but we recommend to start once or twice per week and then check in with your skin. There are certain products that are created for daily use and some others for a weekly use.
And now, for the most frequently asked question of all: what is the difference between a scrub and an acid-based product? And what products do you recommend? Well, we’ve got you covered…
Physical Exfoliation
Physical exfoliants aka products containing small particles or a rough surface like a washcloth, work by manually scrubbing away the dead skin and dirt. 
Seed to Skin The Radiance is a gentle exfoliating cream with an added enzyme complex that allows microdermabrasion to polish and remove dead skin cells and impurities for a healthier looking glow.
Susanne Kaufmann Facial Peel contains a herbal compound of mallow, yarrow and St. John's wort flowers and soft plant granules that are gentle on the skin. These tiny granules dissolve during the peeling process without irritation or scratching. Dead skin and deeply embedded impurities are removed leaving radiant skin, which looks fresh and smooth. 
Shiva Rose Saffron Rose Facial Scrub contains chickpea flour used by the brides of India to create flawless skin before their nuptial day, is blended with sacred sandalwood powder, dried organic rose buds, saffron threads, coconut milk powder, orange peel powder for dark spots, and a few drops of sandalwood essential oil. Saffron used by royals in Ancient Persia will brighten the skin and improve blood flow to the skin, while the fat of the coconut milk is rich in vitamins c, k, protein and copper. Orange Peel will reduce breakouts, scars and inflammation while the sandalwood shrinks pores and strengthens firmness in the skin.
Ranavat Imperial Glow Facial Polish is a balm to milk creamy facial polish that is gentle yet powerful thanks to finely milled rice powder and nourishing almond oil. Packed with adaptogenic herbs to help combat environmental stressors, our indulgent facial polish will leave your skin soft and glowy.
Chemical Exfoliation
Chemical exfoliants uses acids or enzymes to dissolve and loosen dead cells, dirt and product buildup. AHA acids act on the skin’s surface, while BHA go deeper and are great to unclog pores.
Kypris Glow Philtre Mask blends refining pomegranate pith enzymes, softening thalassic extracts of sea fennel stem cells & sea algae, with ultra hydrating silver ear mushroom for soft, brightened, refreshed, glowing skin. For most skin types, especially those desiring hydrating refinement and glow.
Susanne Kaufmann Enzyme Peel is particularly well suited to thin and sensitive skin. Gentle fruit acids from apple, papaya and kiwi remove dead skin without abrasives that can stress the epidermis. Nourishing essences of ectoine, fenugreek and the fermented white Lupins work regenerating to the cells, revitalizing and anti inflammatory. Aloe vera has a cooling and soothing effect.
Odacité Skincare Bioactive Rose Gommage exfoliates - without using abrasive ingredients - to improve the appearance of skin texture and refresh dull / tired complexion. Skin instantly appears smooth and glowing. Gommage [erase in French] is a professional-type exfoliation method used to thoroughly erase dead skin and build-up of impurities, without irritating the skin.
Cecilia Holistic Beauty Blue Oceanic Potion contains a potent bouquet of naturally salted Oceanic lake water, Neroli and Blue Chamomile floral waters enriched with Pearl Powder, Spirulina and Butterfly Blue Pea petals. This exfoliating brightening potion regenerates skin and reduces the appearance of dark spots and lines. Mineral and Botanical Kingdoms fuse together donating Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium salts and antioxidants.
Glycolic acid is a hero for its ability to gently resurface skin, leaving it smooth, clear, and bright. In Monastery XX Glycolic, 10% glycolic acid is in a soothing rose water base so skin stays hydrated and soothed while you exfoliate.
Nazan Schnapp Detoxing Exfoliant Cleanser  made with cooling and calming Jade, clarifies with fresh organic Pineapple, Papaya and Pomegranate fruit enzymes, detoxifies with natural French Green Clay and gently exfoliates with organic Musk Rose Hip Seed Powder to smooth and polish dead skin cells away leaving skin feeling and looking fresh.
Reveal a radiant glow with Agent Nateur (acid) Wash, a gentle exfoliant formulated to revive all skin types without irritation. This daily cleanser is infused with premium organic ingredients that brighten dull skin, refine texture, and reduce the appearance of imperfections. Our unique formula contains a lavender flower water base to soothe inflammation and leave skin silky, supple, and youthful.
In Susie Mermaid Sirens Glow Firming Radiance Mask, marine plants rich in minerals and antioxidants work to reduce inflammation and restore vital skin luminosity. Kaolin clay and red seaweed deep clean and detoxify pores to minimise their appearance. Lactic acid gently removes dead skin cells to awaken the complexion and soften the appearance of fine lines. Shea butter, rich in vitamins A and E deliver essential fatty acids and nutrients to encourage collagen production for enhanced elasticity.
Born from Tata Harper's best-selling Resurfacing Mask, this resurfacing serum transforms dullness with a combination of 7 AHAs and BHAs that slough off dead skin cells to give you a healthy-looking glow. Antioxidants help fight the effects of free radicals that can diminish your glow and make you look older than you are.