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Why do we need to exfoliate?

As we get older our skin tends to lose its natural ability to shed the buildup of dead skin cells, which can lead to clogged pores, dark spots and rough skin texture. This may obstruct skincare products from properly absorbing into your skin, leaving you without the benefits of layering products.

Chemical exfoliators are a great alternative for physical exfoliation and the first choice that skincare experts recommend.

Chemical exfoliators:

Chemical exfoliators may at first seem scary. However, there is no need to be fearful because these products are generally safe. Here is a quick round-up of different chemical exfoliators:

  • Enzymatic exfoliators are effective, but they are not as strong as hydroxy acids, so they’re better for sensitive skin.
  • Salicylic acid is especially effective for oily, acne-prone skin.
  • Combination skin will benefit best from an Alpha-hydroxy Acid (AHA) that controls oil production.

Chemical exfoliators are a good option because you can’t really over-scrub your face. These exfoliators contain powerful active ingredients that start working right away, it’s advised that you start with a twice-weekly application in the evening and gradually increase to every night.

To scrub or not to scrub?

Physical exfoliants – better known as a scrub – will only remove dead skin cells on the surface, and if used incorrectly could do more damage than good – not to mention the bead pollution. Chemical exfoliants on the other hand consists of acids and fruit enzymes, which sweeps away dead skin cells, leaving skin smooth and glowing without the harsh scrubbing. Chemical exfoliants also penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin to encourage cell turnover – something a scrub can’t do.

Yes, we know, there is something stimulating about physical exfoliation. It feels really good, doesn’t it? Except, there may be a few downsides to this entire process. In recent years chemical exfoliation has emerged as the more preferred form. Here are some benefits of the latter:

  • Improve skin cell turnover
  • Refined and smooth skin texture
  • Unclog and minimize pores
  • Brighter skin

Remember your SPF!

It is important to remember that chemical exfoliations & SPF go hand in hand. Although chemical exfoliation is great at exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells for a smoother, fresher appearance, these dead cells also act as a protective barrier to the healthy, sensitive cells underneath. While these ingredients do not directly cause you to get a sunburn, the new cells they reveal are more susceptible to sunburns so it’s important to wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 to provide your skin with adequate protection.

The O’ri Active Exfoliator

The O’ri Active Exfoliator is a product that is non-abrasive, leave-on lotion that improves skin texture and activates cell renewal, leaving you with smooth skin. It is packed with tropical fruit enzymes that gently encourage skin cell repair. This product boosts the skin barrier and helps to remove dead skin cells, giving other products the opportunity to be immersed, resulting in more plump and youthful looking skin. With added ingredients such as Green Tea and Centella Asiatica it leads to a great combination of natural antioxidants for firmer skin. The O’ri Active Exfoliator contains AHA’a, these acids are water-soluble and therefore do not wash away the skin’s natural oils, allowing the skin to retain some natural hydration as well. If that isn’t enough reason to invest in your O’ri Active Exfoliator, we don’t know what is!

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