Exfoliation – Chemical & Physical

As the winter weather looms in the near future (very near future), the thought of dry, cracked skin becomes a daily concern for some of us.  Regular exfoliation can be the answer to this daily concern.  Exfoliation is a necessity for healthy skin.  Dead skin cells build up on the surface of our skin (your skin turns over every 4 weeks) giving your appearance a dull look.  Throw in winter weather, old make-up, dirt and oil and you have a combo that will only create a lackluster appearance.  To combat it, practice a simple 1-2 times per week exfoliation process.

There are two main types of exfoliation available – Chemical and Physical.  Either way will improve the appearance of your skin and maybe even shave off a few years of aging.  Who doesn’t want to look 25 again?  So what is the difference between chemical and physical exfoliation?

Chemical exfoliation uses a variety of chemicals.  Most commonly used are several types of enzymes, including fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids like lactic or glycolic, and beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid.  Though the thought of chemical exfoliation might sound scary, it really isn’t.  Think of your skin like bricks and mortar.  Chemical exfoliators break down the mortar between the bricks which then allows the bricks (dead skin) to be whisked away.

Physical exfoliation on the other hand is a product that contains a rough material (sugar, salt, ground nuts, oats, etc.) that by being rubbed on the skin manually removes the dead skin cells.  Either option could potentially work for you and most of the time it ends up being a personal preference.  The important thing to do is to partake in the exfoliation process at least 1-2 times per week.  And this process should take place wherever you have skin, so not just the face.  I don’t know about you, but the lower half of my legs in the winter take on the appearance of an albino snake.  I did include here a before and after of my left hand.  This is a before and then after using Trillium Organic Body Polish.  You can see how much better color I have after a few minutes of exfoliation as well as a softer appearance of the skin.

Hand before Physical Exfoliation
Hand before Physical Exfoliation
Hand after Physical Exfoliation
Hand after Physical Exfoliation

Save your skin this winter and start an exfoliation process today.  It is a great habit and will only benefit you if you stick with it (even when it isn’t freezing cold outside).

Here is a list of Chemical and Physical Exfoliators that we use and recommend at Kneaded Relief.

Chemical:

  1. Bioelements Quick Refiner and Quick Refiner for Eyes
  2. Bioelements Kerafole
  3. PCA Body Therapy Lotion
  4. PCA Dry Skin Relief Bar
  5. PCA BPO 5% Cleanser
  6. Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze
  7. Tend Skin

Physical:

  1. Trillium Organic Body Polish
  2. Bioelements Pumice Peel
  3. Bioelements Measured Micrograins
  4. Bioelements Cactus Cloth
  5. Bioelements Face Brush
  6. Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Exfoliator Extraordinaire