Exfoliation: There’s more than one way to get rid of dead skin

Exfoliation is very much a case of out with the old, in with the new. The removal of the dull, old skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface reveals the newer, smoother, more hydrated cells below. Exfoliation also helps unclog pores and decongest skin, as well as increases the effectiveness of your luxurious moisturisers and serums.

Dermatologists and other skincare experts agree exfoliation is a fast-track to glowing skin. But which method is best to remove those tired old skin cells? Essentially your choice is to either physically remove them, or use a chemical exfoliator.

Physical exfoliation

The physical exfoliation method involves manual removal of old skin cells. This methods is like using sandpaper to remove flaky paint from a piece of furniture you’re restoring. Unlike furniture, however, when it comes to your precious skin, employing a gentle technique is critical as a heavy handed scrub can result in micro-tears to skin.

Physical, product-based exfoliation usually refers to applying a granular scrub to skin that contains ingredients such as ground walnut shells, crushed seeds or crushed rice (now that environmentally damaging plastic micro-plastic beads have been banned from skincare products). When massaged into skin, old cells will naturally slough off. 

Using an exfoliating tool is another physical method that unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells, dirt and debris. There are plenty of battery-powered facial brushes that do this, as well as konjac sponges, which are effect manual exfoliators. 

At Corbin Rd., we have created our Viteve™ Silk Exfoliating Cloth which, together with our Restorative Cleansing Balm form the basis of our unique cleansing and exfoliating duo. The cloths have tiny silk tufts that work gently to remove the cleansing balm as well as those dead cells while drawing out any dirt and debris while stimulating blood flow and encouraging micro-circulation for even more radiant skin.

We created this cleansing and exfoliating system because we deliberately wanted to step away from using chemicals - using only natural ingredients in our balm - and create an exfoliating "tool" (our cloth) direct from nature that uses no micro-plastics (such as brush bristles) or chemical dyes.

Chemical exfoliation

Back to our furniture analogy: chemical exfoliators are the skincare equivalent of paint stripper in that there’s no elbow grease required on the part of the user. Products with glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid remove the glue that holds olds cells together in five or 10 minutes without the need for any scrubbing. 

That’s not to say chemical exfoliators can’t be gentle. Many are. They’re also efficient and some of the acids employed are naturally derived from ingredients such as pineapple and papaya.

So whether you choose to get physical or go the chemical route to remove dead skin cells, it's your personal choice – just so long as you do get rid of them to reveal your radiant, vibrant self!.

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