Exfoliation isn't optional — it's a must. Especially in the summer when heat and humidity equal more oil and buildup on your face. Excess sweat and sebum can trap dead skin cells and suffocate skin, creating dullness and breakouts. Plus, with more time spent outside, our skin is even more susceptible to extra dirt and grime. This is where exfoliation is key - our targeted treatments sweep away impurities and help reset skin during sunny summer months.
First, Why is Exfoliation Important?
Let's start with the basics. As we age, cell turnover slows down and dead skin cells can give us a dull complexion. These dead skin cells often cling to healthy skin, causing all sorts of problems from clogging our pores to worsening fine lines and wrinkles. Extra oil and impurities (thanks, humidity!) work as a barrier that traps dead skin cells and blocks pores.
Our best defense? Exfoliating regularly lets your skin breathe by removing the top layer of dead cells and revealing the refreshed, soft skin underneath. There are so many ways to exfoliate and enhance your summer glow. You can choose your favorite or incorporate a few! Let's break down the different types.
Physical Vs. Chemical Exfoliation
Physical exfoliation works to buff and polishes the skin by manually removing any dead skin or buildup with tiny granules. Apricot microspheres in our Regenerating Cleanser work to buff and deep clean the skin. It is truly the freshest way to start your day!
The words “chemical exfoliation” can sound intimidating, but our AHA and BHAs are naturally sourced from 100% plant-based ingredients such as plant sugars or citric acid from orange & lemon. We’re here to break down AHAs and BHAs for you so you can choose the right product for your skincare goals!
Brighten with AHAs:
These include glycolic, lactic, citric, malic, and tartaric acids. They can be natural or synthetic, but, of course, we always opt for natural. AHAs cause exfoliation and retexturizing of the surface skin. They work by dissolving dead skin cells, allowing brighter-looking skin to emerge.
Fight Congestion with BHAs:
BHAs are better for oily or congested skin, as they work to clear clogged pores. There is only one BHA, salicylic acid. It is oil-soluble, meaning it penetrates deep into the pores to clean out excess sebum and reduce oiliness. This helps to shrink the look of pores, banish blackheads, and fight blemishes. Our Clarifying Mask is packed full with BHAs from naturally derived salicylic acid such as White Willow Bark.
Even Tone with Both:
Many of our products have the power combo of both AHAs & BHAs to work together and give your skin an overall bright, even complexion. If you need to double up on your dose, our Resurfacing Serum is your holy grail for a serious summer glow.
And Don't Forget About Fruit Enzymes!
Fruit enzymes are a gentle and effective way to slough away surface skin cells and dissolve buildup to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. Similarly to AHA’s, enzymes work to “eat away” or dissolve any unwanted dead skin cells, revealing your glowiest skin. Fruit enzymes are superstar ingredients in both our Resurfacing Mask & Purifying Mask.
So now you know, both physical and chemical exfoliation are super important and AHA/BHAs are your one-way ticket to going makeup free all summer long. Just remember that these acids increase your sensitivity to the sun, so it is even more important to wear your clean SPF every day. Rock that warm weather glow with confidence, but don’t forget your sun protection!