Which scrub is right for me?
We can never say it enough, exfoliation is the key to the baby skin of our dreams and a radiant complexion!
Every 28 days or so, new cells rise to the surface until they reach our external epidermal barrier (the famous stratum corneum!) thanks to our magical cell regeneration cycle.
However, while the epidermis naturally undergoes desquamation, which allows it to get rid of certain dead cells, other, more stubborn ones cling firmly to our pores, giving rise to imperfections in combination to oily skin, and a loss of radiance in normal to dry skin.
Regular exfoliation gets rid of these small cells in no time at all, leaving the skin visibly smoother and more luminous.
Certain exfoliating acids also help to limit the appearance of scars and pigmentation spots, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Even more obviously, a properly exfoliated skin is also more likely to receive the treatments that are so carefully applied and that tend to remain on the surface of our epidermis in the opposite case.
Having said that, it is never recommended to abuse the good things and therefore, not surprisingly, over-exfoliating your skin can lead to disasters that are sometimes difficult to catch up on.
It is therefore crucial to choose your exfoliating allies according to your skin type and to be wary of other products that you use occasionally (such as cleansers, toners, serums, masks) behind which other exfoliating agents are sometimes hidden.
Ideally and in most cases, exfoliating once or twice a week according to your needs and feelings is more than enough.
Also be careful with cleaning tools, such as cleaning brushes and some mops, which physically exfoliate the skin and can be too aggressive over the long term. And if you don't know how to choose your skin care according to your skin type, don't panic, we've thought of everything!
Help, I have sensitive skin
Sensitive and reactive, or temporarily sensitized skin never gets along well with physical scrubs and will prefer acids or enzymes instead.
Don't get me wrong, the scary word "acid" is not actually a scary word to fear, quite the contrary! AHA and BHA acids are less inflammatory (or even anti-inflammatory in the case of salicylic acid!), more uniform and easier to use than a scrub.
Sensitive skin will be particularly satisfied with lactic acid-based care, certain concentrations of glycolic acid and fruit enzymes.
To avoid further compromising the skin barrier, exfoliate once a week and only in the evening to avoid photosensitizing the skin.
Help, I've got little pimples
Regular exfoliation limits the accumulation of dead cells and thus prevents the appearance of new imperfections and blackheads while treating existing small pimples.
In the case of chronic acne, a chemical or enzymatic exfoliant is preferable to a physical exfoliant so as not to risk spreading the bacteria responsible for the appearance of cysts (this also applies to cleansing brushes, which only spread the bacteria over the entire face!).
The use of exfoliating acids such as glycolic and lactic acids can also help prevent post-inflammatory scars that all too often occur after the disappearance of a pimple, provided of course that you always wear sunscreen.
A skin with small imperfections can more easily use a fine exfoliating powder here and there according to its needs. In order not to further compromise the skin barrier, exfoliate no more than twice a week and only in the evening.
Help, I have dry skin!
Regular exfoliation helps to limit the accumulation of dead cells that sometimes block the care that is applied daily and therefore cannot penetrate properly.
Normal to dry skin will therefore be much more comfortable after regular exfoliation, although no more than twice a week so as not to jeopardize its protective skin barrier.
Depending on one's preferences, a physical, chemical or enzymatic exfoliant can be used without risk (except in the case of intolerances specific to each one), although a chemical exfoliant based on glycolic or lactic acid will particularly relieve dry and uncomfortable skin, since they also act naturally as humectants and retain water in the cells.
If you opt for an enzymatic or chemical exfoliant, you should opt for an evening ritual so as not to photosensitize your skin.