As I have mentioned on this blog before I have typical combination skin, my t zone is prone to getting extremely oily whereas my cheeks tend to get a lot of dry patches and flaky skin. I also have extremely sensitive skin which means that harsh products, which help unclog pores, etc… are something a lot of times I am unable to use, making life pretty hard! I am always on the hunt for the perfect treatment to clear all my blackheads and ensure I don’t get any breakouts, and although I can’t say this combo has cleared every single blackhead out, (I think only a facial can do that) it has left my skin in great condition, so if you share my pain I would suggest to give these a go!
On this post I will talk about the first step to clear skin – Exfoliation. This is absolutely essential if you want glowing skin. Dead skin cells build up and the constant application of makeup and the polluted environment most of us live in means skin is prone to loosing its glow and looking lacklustre and the best remedy to this is exfoliation!
Exfoliating removes the dead skin cell debris on your face and this leads to smoother and brighter looking skin. Although exfoliating is important for every single skin type, because removing dead skin cells helps the renewal process of new skin cells which acts as an anti-aging treatment, it is especially important for oily and acne prone skin. Acne prone skin sheds more dead skin cells than others and these quickly build up clogging the pores leading to black heads and breakouts, so exfoliating is essential to remove these dead skin cells and clear out the gunk to reduce the size of your pores.
Exfoliants also help other products penetrate your skin better meaning any other skin care treatment you use will be more effective after you have exfoliated. It also helps lighten sun spots and pigmentation on your skin.
PHYSICAL VS. CHEMICAL EXFOLIANTS
As good as exfoliating your skin is, I find that over exfoliating or exfoliating with very harsh grainy products can lead to breakouts as well. When I first started exfoliating I thought the rougher the product, the better it would clean out my skin so I used harsh scrubs almost on a daily basis. Whislt this cleared my skin out for a couple of weeks, I soon found that not only was this aggravating my skin and leaving it sore, it also lead to an increase in breakouts. So whilst those with maybe not so sentive skins might be able to use physical exfoliants and be able to scrub more regularly (I still would suggest being gentle with your skin and not exfoliating more than 3 times a week), those with sensitive skin should focus on using gentle chemical exfoliants once a week.
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL EXFOLIANT
Chemical exfoliants usually contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids, these help break the bonds between dead skin cells making it easier for them to come off our skin.
WHAT IS MY FAVOURITE PRODUCT
After watching a skin care video by Lisa Eldrige I decided to give her recommendation of the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant a go. This product was completely different to anything I had used before, it was a chemical exfoliant containing Lactic Acid, a gentle and more hydrating version of the famous Glycolic Acid. The product wasn’t grainy in texture and it felt more like a cream, which immediately made it more gentle on my skin.I have been using this for a couple of years now and I really have noticed a huge improvement in my skin. It doesn’t aggravate my skin and although sometimes I feel a slight tingling sensation for a couple of minutes when I apply it, it never leaves any redness. Also, despite its gentleness this exfoliant thoroughly cleans my skin and when I remove it I can really see it looking a lot brighter. I apply it once a week and it comes on almost like a light clay mask. I leave it on about 10-15 minutes and then just rinse off using a damp flannel.
I hope you give this a go and stay tuned for the second part of this post where I will talk about my favourite clay mask!
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