Dear Readers, You probably think you already know about scrubs from head to toe, but let’s tell you those things you don’t know about exfoliants; from what types there are and how to use them, to which are the best!
What types of scrubs are there?
There are two types of facial scrubs: mechanical and chemical. “Mechanics include scrubs, microdermabrasion performed by a professional, or exfoliation with some type of brush or sponge. The best known are the first ones, which may have granules of sugar, salt or crushed walnut kernels that help detach the dead cells.
For their part, chemical exfoliants work with the help of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). And also poly-hydroxy acids (PHAs), mainly, to improve the process of cell regeneration. They are deeper than mechanical ones and therefore it is very important to be careful with them.
When and how to use the scrubs?
If your skin is dull, uneven, and unevenly textured, it may be time to use a scrub. This must apply after facial cleansing and before the tonic or serum, over the face and neck. Speaking of the frequency of use, dermatologists recommend doing it every 15 to 20 days, depending on skin sensitivity.
Now, if you want to use mechanical scrubs, you must choose one suitable for your skin type and apply it with gentle movements. Otherwise, micro-cracks can be made that, although not visible to the naked eye. It can seriously injure the face, depending on the size, the origin, and the force with which the particles are exfoliants. For example, homemade scrubs that specialists do not suggest. But if they get prepare with correct knowledge then they are the best. Almost always have very coarse particles and ingredients with a pH that unbalances the skin. Be more careful!
Regarding chemical exfoliants, it is ideal to use mild formulas and supervised by a dermatologist, since misuse of these products with acids can cause counterproductive effects, such as staining or burning the epidermis.
What other considerations to have with exfoliants?
When this step integrates into the beauty routine, it is essential to go slowly. Start by applying them once every month, then once every 20 days, and then every two weeks. Since you apply, rinse and finish your skincare routine, it is mandatory to apply a minimum sunscreen of 30 FPS (even more so if you choose a chemical), since the freshly exfoliated skin is more sensitive to sun damage.
Another point that is foolproof to consider, speaking of the deeper exfoliants, is that you avoid combining their use with vitamin C or retinol since they are mixtures that react and may irritate the face more than you imagine.
Are mechanical or chemical scrubs better?
It all depends on your skin needs. The mechanical exfoliants are surface-active and meet the most specific and localized as hyperpigmentation, collagen stimulation, and even lines smoothing function dislodge dead cells and impurities but working chemical problems. Use a dermatologist to choose the option that best benefits your face.
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