How often should I exfoliate?

By now we all know it's important to exfoliate, but how do we do it and how often should we do it? 

There are two types of exfoliation- chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliants use acids to dissolve dead skin cells and sebum. These can range from mild naturally occurring acids or enzymes to intense lab generated acids that need to be applied by a professional. It might be obvious which end of the scale we steer towards! The second type, physical exfoliants use abrasion to remove a thin layer of skin cells and other debris. Both types stimulate cell turn-over, leaving your skin brighter, clearer and smoother.

How often you do this will depend greatly on the product you use, and where you use it. 

Papaya seed oil is one of nature's finest exfoliants, it contains an enzyme called papain which works by gently dissolving the glue that binds the dead cells to the healthy glowing ones underneath. Another reason fruit enzymes make such a great candidate is their ability to get the job done without causing irritation because they don't need to be as acidic. Our Brightening Cleanser utilises all of that good stuff plus a whole lot more fun things; aloe vera to soothe and hydrate, prickly pear to fight free radicals and sweet almond to clear clogged pores. Because it's so gentle, you can use it every day for healthy glowing skin.

Physical exfoliants get a bit of a bad rap sometimes as they can often be too abrasive, using roughly crushed seeds and nuts or even worse plastic beads. We'd recommend avoiding this and going for a mild exfoliant, like clay, which has small particles that lightly buff the top layer. Both our Rose and Mint facial masks have a blend of kaolin and bentonite clay as well as crushed leaves and petals that offer gentle exfoliation. Physical exfoliants should be used less often, experts (like us) suggest once or twice a week. If you'd like to experience the benefits of our clay masks but don't have the time for the whole masking extravaganza, you can use it as a scrub by adding half a teaspoon of powder into the palm of your hand, a splash of water and then mix with your finger. Apply it to your face as you would a cleanser — using gentle circular motions and avoiding the soft eye area.

Although our faces are used to getting all the attention when it comes to skincare, our bodies need exfoliation too. Exfoliation unclogs pores, improves circulation, reduces the appearance of stretch marks and removes excess sebum and dead skin cells. You can use a natural scrub, avoiding anything with plastic beads or you can use our Luminous Body Oil with an exfoliation mitt or dry body brush for a luxurious post-shower-experience, once or twice a week.

It's important to find out what exfoliation technique works best for your skin. Once you've discovered your perfect recipe, make sure exfoliation is part of your skincare routine. This could be the game-changer your skin has been missing!