All about exfoliation

Exfoliating is a key component to making sure that your skin looks radiant, healthy and clear. When you don't exfoliate as often as you should, your skin will accumulate a layer (or layers if it goes on for long enough) of dead skin cells. This dead skin cell build up can aggravate acne and congestion. It will also prevent your creams, serums and oils from being absorbed into your skin. Ever bought a product and after trying it, you tell yourself that it really doesn't work well at all???? One explanation for this is simply that the product doesn't work as it says it does. Another explanation is that your dead skin cell accumulation is preventing the essential nutrients and emollients from entering into your skin and will hinder any progress your skin should be experiencing.

Now that you know that exfoliating is essential, let's discuss the different types of exfoliators you can find at Shades of Mink.

1. Granular exfoliator (Sans Soucis Facial Peeling). This exfoliator contains tiny microbeads. It physically exfoliates your skin. This can be used on all skin types except acne prone skin. If you have an active break out, using this exfoliator is an absolute no-no! The microbeads can rupture a pimple and cause bacteria to spread.

2. Enzyme exfoliator (Sans Soucis Power Fruit Facial Peeling). This exfoliator contains fruit enzymes that digest dead skin cell material. This is very gentle yet extremely effective and can be used on all skin types.

3. Alpha Hydroxy acid exfoliator (Janssen Bio Fruit Gel Exfolient). This exfoliator contains fruit acids which chemically remove dead skin cell build up. This is exceptionally amazing for acne prone, pigmented skin.

Exfoliating is key if you have pigmentation, congestion or dull looking skin. Over exfoliating on the other hand is never wise. Exfoliate 1-2 times a week for normal-dry skin and 2-3 times a week for congested, oily skin. 

Which exfoliating method do you prefer? Pop us an email and let us know.


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