My Morning Routine Step 2- Exfoliate

Woman exfoliating her skin on her face during her morning routine.

Here is my morning skincare routine Step #2, Exfoliate.

When it comes to exfoliating products, there are 2 main types of exfoliators: physical and chemical.

The most know physical exfoliators are scrubs, products that contain some exfoliating particles in them, like nuts,  grounds, shells or sugar. After washing your face, massage your scrub into your skin using circular gentle motion. It easily removes dirt and dead cells off your skin. If you have never done exfoliated before you might want to start doing it once or twice a week and slowly increase it to see how your skin will react. The down side of using a scrub is that it may feel harsh on acne and sensitive skin.

The chemical exfoliators are gaining more and more popularity nowadays for 2 main reasons that they aren’t as harsh as physical exfoliators and can be used on all skin types. They are basically acids that dissolve oil and dirt in the pores. There are 3 main kinds of chemical exfoliators that you can buy over the counter: AHAs, BHAs and PHAs.  So how do you know which one to choose?

There are 3 things you need to figure out before you decide to buy it: your Skin type, your specific concern and the level of your skin sensitivity.

AHAs, like glycolic and lactic acid are mostly made of fruits and they are great for improving skin texture.

BHAs, like salicylic acid are oil soluble acids that are great for oily and acne prone skin.

And the last kind is PHAs. They stimulate mild peeling without penetrating into your skin too deep and therefore they are less irritating. This is a kind you might want to start with if you are new to the chemical exfoliators.

Besides exfoliating products, there are various skincare devices for home use that can give you the same results (or even better) in less time! The Lucky Skin Hydro is a gentle, yet powerful hydrodermabrasion device that you can use in the convenience of your home. It is suitable for all skin types and great at removing blackheads, whiteheads, dead skin and dirt. Treatments take only 5-10 minutes and your skin will feel clean, clear and glowing! 

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This article is for informational purposes only. Ask your dermatologist before making any changes to your skincare routine.