Chemical exfoliants are being talked about left, right and centre and with good reason! Exfoliation does wonders for the skin, especially for mature or ageing skin. As we age, our skin’s natural ability to shed away dead skin cells decreases in efficacy, leaving the skin feeling dull, dry and flaky.
We all know that exfoliation is an important part of every effective skincare routine. But did you know that physical exfoliators may be doing your skin more harm than good? Physical exfoliators (which often contain small sand-like exfoliating beads and are rough to the touch) cause micro-tears to the skin, which often leads to skin sensitivity and irritation.
AHA/BHA exfoliants are smooth and non-abrasive, and often come in the form of a liquid or lotion. Also known as "chemical exfoliators" (don't worry, they are very safe and healthy for the skin) they work at removing the “bonds” that keep dead skin cells attached to the surface of the skin, without the roughness that comes with physical exfoliators. Do your skin a favour and ditch the harsh and abrasive scrubs for a gentle and effective natural exfoliant!
Exfoliation provides incredible benefits to the skin and is essential for effective anti-ageing skincare routines.
When the skin hasn’t effectively shed away dead skin cells, the surface of the skin becomes rough in texture, dry, flaky and uneven. Through AHA/BHA exfoliation, dead skin cells are shed away to reveal renewed cells for healthy, glowy skin.
Minimises the size of pores & helps prevent breakouts
Exfoliation provides your skin with a deeper cleanse, removing the build-up of oil, dirt, and dead skin in the pores, allowing them to shrink in size. The removal of all this build-up in the pores also assists with reducing the likelihood of breakouts and acne.
Allows absorption of other skincare products
Without exfoliation, the products you use in your skincare regime will be less effective. This is because when the pores aren’t cleared, the products you use won’t be able to penetrate deeply into the skin and do their job effectively.
BHA, otherwise known as Salicylic Acid, is oil soluble and therefore best suited for oily skin types prone to acne, blemishes, and enlarged pores. BHA exfoliants have skin-soothing properties and are effective for calming redness, making them suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types!
AHAs, or glycolic/lactic acids, are best suited for dry skin types. AHAs are water soluble and work wonders at enhancing the skin’s natural moisturising factors. They’ve been proven effective in reducing visible signs of ageing and sun damage.
Despite the minor differences mentioned above, BHA and AHA exfoliants have shared benefits. They both work to smooth out rough texture and prevent uneven skin tone, effectively hydrate to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and make the skin plumper and firmer.
Looking for a gentle exfoliating tool? Brush heads often have rough, prickly bristles that cause irritation to the skin. The bristles also quickly collect dirt and become breeding grounds for bacteria, which can become harmful to the skin. For an effective, gentle and hygienic cleansing tool for everyday use, check out our Dermasonic+ Sonic Cleanser & Anti-Ageing Device.This palm-sized anti-ageing device pulsates for an effective yet gentle cleanse and utilises Blue/Yellow/Red light LED technology to rejuvenate the skin. Its food-grade silicone bristles are ultra-hygienic and never need replacing, so you don’t have to spend money on a new brush head every couple of months. Win!
Looking for a quick & easy solution? Our Dragon's Blood 3 In 1 Treatment Cleanser cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises the skin for an effortless solution to anti-ageing skincare. For a weekly exfoliating treatment, leave on the skin for 5 minutes before rinsing to benefit from 7 natural fruit AHAs, so your skin looks and feels smoother, softer and more glowy than ever!