28 April 2015

Chemical Exfoliators- The Low Down

What are Chemical Exfoliators?

Over the past few months I've been really getting into using chemical exfoliators as an alternative to ordinary exfoliators. Products that contain  chemical exfoliators are generally more gentle on the skin as they naturally remove any dead skin and scrubbing at your skin can cause tiny tears, which can cause wrinkles. Scrubs are also generally worse for the environment as the microbeads are made from plastic and don't biodegrade like natural products would. 

How chemical exfoliators works is by penetrating deep into the skin to not only remove the top layer of dead skin but help promote skin renewal. There are two types- AHA's and BHA's. AHA's are small molecules that remove dead skin, promote cell regeneration and help with fine lines and wrinkles.  Another great benefit of using AHA's is that it actually helps you to get the most from your other skincare. If you use a mask with AHA's in it, when you then use your moisturiser or night cream it allows the product to penetrate deep into your skin.

In the picture about I've shown some of my favourite face masks or serums that contain chemical exfoliators. The Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial is a serum that contains a whole host of skin loving properties along with natural exfoliators. If you don't want to faff or a mask then I have two 'instant' exfoliator. Alpha H Instant Facial is a product that you spray onto a cotton pad and swipe over the face to instantly remove dead skin and brighten your appearance. The Ren 1 Flash Minute Facial is one of my favourite products as you literally leave it on for 1 minute and then rinse off.

Two masks I love are the This Works No Wrinkles Time Dose Mask and Aureli Refine and Polish Miracle Balm. They are both masks that you leave on the skin for around 20 minutes and 

Something very important to note, is that if you use AHA's your skin become much more sensitive to UVA rays, so make sure you always wear sunscreen, even when it's not sunny. 


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