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Choosing an Exfoliator
ExfoliatorsBeauty is only skin deep. Or, so they say. In the science of skin care, “skin deep” is a literal term based on penetrating the surface of the skin to unblock pores that, if not unblocked, might cause problems such as blackheads, irritation, and the dreaded acne. Exfoliating can help prevent these problems by smoothing and rejuvenating the skin.

An important part of having beautiful skin means eliminating and removing dead skin cells. This is where exfoliation comes in. How do you balance your daily regimen with the best exfoliator out there? Understanding the differences behind these exfoliators can help you choose wisely. There are limitless possibilities for creams, sunblocks, and toners, but what about exfoliators?

First, take a look at organic vs. non-organic ingredients on the label of exfoliators and try to make a distinction between the two. The ingredients in organic exfoliators tend to be a little easier on the eyes. Ingredients such as algae extract, oatmeal, and oil of lavender sound much prettier than the scarier-sounding synthetic ingredients listed on the label. However, depending on your skin type, one might not be better than the other.

Most of the time, cosmetics companies will combine natural, organic ingredients with synthetic ingredients that serve a function to enhance the product. For instance, an ingredient such as “dimethicone,” which is a safe and widely used silicone product, eliminates that oily feel of some products, and gives your skin the softness of silk. A product such as Topix Replenix Fortified Exfoliation Scrub combines this softness element with micro sifted bamboo as the scrubbing element.

There are natural ingredients with equally daunting names that serve a useful purpose in your exfoliation skin care regimen. Oranges and other citrus fruits contain the main properties that make up the group of chemicals in alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are useful for natural skin exfoliation. Glycolic acid is the most commonly known AHA used in most exfoliators. Glycolic acid is commonly used after a chemical peel to essentially burn off and carry away dead skin cells. Using a product like BENEV Glycolic Exfoliating Gel 7.5% in conjunction with BENEV Salicylic Acid Exfoliator 2% provides that much sought-after luminous appearance noticeable once dead skin cells are washed away.

Another way to eliminate dead skin cells is to use microbeads. A slightly friendlier term than acids, microbeads remove dirt and build-up through fine scrub particles. Some products, like VivierSkin Cream Facial Scrub, have non-irritating microbeads for gentle scrubbing that can be massaged over the face and neck one to three times a week.

There are so many different choices when looking for the right exfoliant. The idea is to keep your eye out for something that matches your skin type, is a healthy mix between organic and functional, and ultimately, one that is effective in shooing away the worst of your skin impurities to help it shine.

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