Everything you need to know about exfo­liants and exfo­liating

The skin naturally gets rid of skin cells every day. Sun damage, a dry or oily skin, genetic factors or skin conditions can disrupt this natural process. This can result in a dull or flaky skin, blocked pores, spots, milia or an uneven skin tone.

First time user? Apply once a day 2-3 times per week, then gradually increase to once or twice daily. During the day, follow with an SPF 30 or greater.

What does an exfoliant do?

An exfoliant helps to rebalance the natural process. Exfoliants remove the dead skin cells gently and makes sure healthy, new skin appears. This prevents blocked pores and spots and help to reduce existing blocked pores and spots. It will also help to reduce the depth of wrinkles, fade skin discolourations caused by sun damage and leave dry dull skin younger-looking and looking radiant again.

AHA vs. BHA

The abbreviation AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid, which includes glycolic acid and various lactic acids. The letters BHA stand for beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid. Both exfoliants help to reduce the depth of wrinkles, help to stimulate collagen production and provide an even skin tone. Their unique properties determine which one is the best for your skin.

AHA (glycolic acid/lactic acid) BHA (salicylic acid)

Recommended for:
+ Dry skin
+ Skin with sun damage

Recommended for:
+ Oily skin
+ Sensitive skin
+ Spots and blackheads
+ Rosacea-prone skin

+ Exfoliates the surface of skin
+ Fights signs of ageing
+ Hydrates skin and reduces dullness

+ Exfoliates the surface of skin and inside the pores
+ Fights blackheads, enlarged pores and spots
+ Anti-inflammatory effects

- Less suitable for sensitive skin and/or spots or blackheads

- Not suitable for those allergic to asprin (acetylsalicylate) or its derivatives

If your skin is sun-damaged and you're also struggling with acne or clogged pores, add a BHA product to your routine.

Adding an exfoliant to your skincare routine

Use a product with AHA (glycolic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) after cleansing and toning, when your skin doesn’t feel moist from toning anymore. Apply the exfoliant, depending on texture, with a cotton pad (fluid) or with your fingers (gel or lotion). You can apply it around the eye area, but avoid the lower lash line and eyelids. No need to rinse an exfoliant.