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Chemical & Physical Exfoliation: What's The Differ

A good exfoliation can your skin wonders and should be part of everyone's skin care routine. Using exfoliates can help remove dead skin cells from the skins surface and lead to brighter, healthier looking skin. There are two main types of exfoliation: chemical and physical. But what's the difference? And how should you use each?

Physical Exfoliants

Physical Exfoliants work mechanically by 'scrubbing off' dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. Salt, sugar and grains are typically the main ingredient found in chemical exfoliants and these work great to leave your skin feeling super soft and smooth. Sometimes though, the particles or grains are far too coarse and can end up doing more harm than good to the skin.

Chemical Exfoliants

The 'glue' that holds your dead skin cells together is loosened when a chemical exfoliant is used. Once loosened, the dead skin cells are more likely to shed from your skin leaving you with a much deeper exfoliation. The most common type of chemical Exfoliants are a group of chemicals called AHAs/BHAs which stands for alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxy acids. Acne prone and oily skin types will find the BHA salicylic acid to be extremely beneficial to their skin as it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. AHAs such as glycolic and lactic acid can also be beneficial to acne prone skin types but tend to have a better effect on dry, dehydrated or sun damaged skin as they actively help to improve the skins moisture content.

Which do we at Skin Health Spa Prefer?

Chemical exfoliation gets our vote on this one! AHAs/BHAs are used regularly in our treatments and facials and we've seen the brilliant effect they can have on our own and our clients skin. For a consultation or to chat to one of our therapists simply ring the number below where one of our team will be more than happy to help.