Exfoliation Q & A
Exfoliation is vital; it removes dead skin cells, polishes the skin, refines pores and even smooths out wrinkles. It also creates a blank canvas that is ready for moisturising, and makeup if you’re into that. Knowing how to exfoliate effectively and which method to use can be confusing! So, we’ve put together a list of our exfoliating FAQ’s for you to moo over.
What happens if we don't exfoliate?
Armageddon!!... Just kidding, but what does happen is still something we don't want. A build-up of dead skin layers on the skin's surface will leave your skin looking dull, bumpy and prematurely aged. It can result in all sorts of nasties clogging your pores (congestion, blackheads, acne, milia and pimples). Not exfoliating will also accentuate the appearance of fine lines, and block product absorption (even your serums can't get through!). Surely just alone is enough to make you reach for your scrub right now! But be sure to keep reading.
Is there such a thing as over-exfoliating?
Absolutely! There is such a thing as too much, and too harsh. It's important to be careful which ingredients your exfoliation products contain. The main concern with some bead or shell particles for instance, (aside from not being eco-friendly) is their abrasiveness. Abrasive products can damage the skin by piercing, scratching and irritating the skin, and even bursting blemishes. When using exfoliating skin peels, it's hard to control the layers affected. Our skin is a protective layer, after all, so we don't want to strip it back too much.
But there are so many moo-thods! (it's a contractual requirement that we use 3 cow puns per blog.... sorry!) Which one do I choose?
There are many ways to exfoliate and thankfully exfoliating is no longer limited to intense scrubbing or harsh skin peels. No single method is bad, but it's important to find the best one for your skin type. We've found that a combination of a plant-based alpha hydroxy acids, and smooth, natural physical exfoliants to be most effective. After lots of fun experimenting on ourselves and gossiping around the... ahem... water cooler (champagney water anyway), we created our Gentle Exfoliating Powder!
As many of our herd suffer from skin conditions and sensitivities, making soothing and gentle products is always our priority. We feel that dual exfoliation – meaning both enzymes and non-scratchy physical particles – is the most gentle. Salicylic acid (BHA) is the plant-derived enzyme that we use. It's attracted to oil and exfoliates into the pores, so it's the best thing for a deep cleanse and to address impurities that already exist. Also, we use a very calculated percentage of Salicylic acid, (1.5% to be exact) ensuring it's gentle enough for daily use on all skin types. Gentle physical exfoliation is the best thing for creating an even skin surface, and it also stimulates blood flow in the face. We've used Rice Bran Powder as it has a very delicate physical structure and contains antioxidant-rich, moisturising proteins. And who doesn't love antioxidants? The combination of these two magnificent exfoliating components will leave your skin noticeably fresh, glowing and soft.
Feel like you need a little extra boost after or between your exfoliation? Our Night Cream contains a fantastic ingredient called Lactic Acid. Lactic Acid helps loosen the glue that holds dead skin cells together and to your face, helping to remove rough, flaky skin. Exfoliation while you sleep!
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