Forget scrubs; acids are the new better and more effective way to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
The old-fashioned way of scrubbing your skin with just microbeads to exfoliate is so over. Microbeads will soon be a thing of a past with plans to ban them from use in Ireland before the end of 2018. They are damaging to the environment, and they are basically like scrubbing your skin with a brillo pad. As the skin is the largest organ in your body, scrubbing the bejaysus out of it can't be a good idea. Our skin is delicate, and we only get one to last us a whole lifetime, so it is important to take all the precautions not to damage it.
Over the last few years, you might have started to hear about AHAs and BHAs. These are acids that are safe to use on the skin to melt away dead skin cells such as glycolic peels, Vitamin A and enzyme peels. They have been proven to remove much more of the dead skin cell build up than traditional microbead exfoliators. A 'scrub' can only scrub away the dead skin on the very surface of the skin; essentially the dead skin visible to the eye on the surface.
Dead skin cells build up just beneath the surface of our skin. As we get older, our natural exfoliation process slows down. This leads to dull tired, grey and 'leathery' looking skin. The dead skin cells are trapped by a sort of glue. Scrubs alone can't break down this glue and remove the dead skin. Enter acids. The acids will melt away this glue, freeing the dead skin cells and effectively removing them. This will brighten your complexion and leave your skin properly cleansed ready to accept your topical creams and serums.
Here are a few of our favourite new age peels and resurfacing treatments for a thorough exfoliation.
Have you tried out an acid exfoliator or do you prefer the feel of a scrub on your skin?