What Does Exfoliating Do? Choosing the Best Exfoliator for Your Face

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Achieving radiant, glowing skin is a common desire for many of us. However, this goal can seem difficult to attain as we age, since the process of cell turnover slows down and the accumulation of dead skin cells results in a lackluster complexion. Fortunately, by following a suitable exfoliation regimen, it is possible to safely and effectively eliminate the layer of dead skin and revitalize your skin's natural radiance.

What is Exfoliation and How Does it Work?

Exfoliation is the process of getting rid of dead skin cells from the skin's surface, and it's an important step in any skin care routine. 

Exfoliation can help prevent breakouts by unclogging pores, improve texture and tone by removing dead skin cells, and stimulate collagen production and cell turnover, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. It can also increase the effectiveness of other skincare products by enabling them to penetrate deeper into the skin. 

There are three main types of exfoliants, each of which works differently. The first type is physical exfoliants, which use a physical scrubbing agent like microbeads, sugar, salt, or brushes to manually remove dead skin cells. Physical exfoliants can be effective, but they can also be too harsh for some skin types, causing irritation or damage if not used properly.

The second type is chemical exfoliants, which use ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) to dissolve the upper layers of dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants tend to be gentler and less damaging to the skin than physical exfoliants.

The third type is enzyme exfoliants, which use natural enzymes like papain from papaya or bromelain from pineapple to break down and remove dead skin cells from the skin's surface. Enzyme exfoliants are gentle and effective for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

What Type of Face Exfoliator is Right for You?

Chemical and enzyme exfoliants are generally considered more effective than physical exfoliants because they're gentler on the skin and more universally well-tolerated, while still effectively removing dead skin cells.

However, to ensure that your exfoliation experience is smooth and successful, it's important to not only choose the right type of exfoliation but also the right exfoliating ingredients for your skin type and concerns. 

How to Choose the Best Exfoliator for Your Face?

Choosing the best face exfoliator, whether it's a chemical or enzyme-based one, can be a bit confusing at first. However, there are several important factors to consider when selecting the best one for your skin. Firstly, you should determine your skin type and specific concerns such as acne, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines.

Once you have identified your concerns, you should look for face exfoliators that contain ingredients that address those issues. For instance, salicylic acid is ideal for acne-prone skin, as it can help to unclog pores and reduce breakouts, while alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) can improve skin texture and promote cell turnover, which is beneficial for fine lines and wrinkles.

It's also important to consider the concentration of the active ingredient in the exfoliant product. While a higher concentration may be more effective, it can be more irritating, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Therefore, it's better to start with a lower concentration and increase it gradually as your skin adapts to the product.

Finally, you should carefully read the product label and follow the instructions provided. Some exfoliants need to be rinsed off after a specific amount of time, while others can be left on overnight. It's crucial to pay attention to how your skin is reacting and adjust accordingly. If you experience any irritation or redness with new ingredients, reduce the frequency of product application to a few times a week until your skin becomes accustomed to the new product.

Vivier offers a variety of face exfoliators that can help improve the texture and appearance of the skin. Here are some of our best-selling exfoliators from our our lineup of products:

●   Vivier Exfoliant Forte: This exfoliating lotion contains a blend of 7% Glycolic Acid and 3% Lactic Acid and can help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, as well as reduce the appearance of pores and blemishes.

●   AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cream: The Vivier AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cream is a skin care product that contains a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids, which work together to exfoliate and refine the skin's texture. It also contains other beneficial ingredients, such as vitamins C,E and panthenol, to help soothe and hydrate the skin.

●   Ultra Purifying Clay Mask: The Vivier Ultra Purifying Clay Mask contains 7.5% AHA (Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange, and Lemon Extracts) and 2% BHA (Salicylic Acid). It exfoliates the skin to help stimulate cell turnover on the skin's surface and accelerates the removal of dead skin cells for clear-looking skin.

Achieving radiant and glowing skin is possible by incorporating a suitable exfoliation routine into your skin care regimen. Selecting the right exfoliating products that cater to your skin type and being mindful of the concentration of active ingredients can greatly impact the appearance and health of your skin. By taking the necessary steps to carefully choose the appropriate face exfoliator and listening to your skin, you can attain the glowing complexion you desire while promoting the overall health of your skin.

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