Well-formulated exfoliants with AHA or BHA (we will explain what they stand for in a moment) are extremely beneficial to your skin. These products combat signs of ageing, spots and other skin issues.
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. Products containing these ingredients are mainly used to remove dead skin cells or to exfoliate.
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 (milk spots) or an uneven skin tone.
An exfoliant helps to rebalance the natural process. If you remove the dead skin cells gently, you can prevent blocked pores and spots, reduce the depth of wrinkles and even get rid of dry skin. You will look instantly younger.
Both types of exfoliants help to reduce wrinkles. They stimulate the production of collagens and strengthen the skin. The products’ specific properties will determine the best choice for you:
It is best not to use scrubs, because they have a detrimental effect that you won’t find with the AHA or BHA exfoliants:
If you really want to use a scrub, then use a face cloth with a bit of your usual facial cleanser on it. It works just as well as a cosmetic scrub. Furthermore, face cloths are softer and do not contain any ingredients that will block your pores, something that can really be a problem when you use a scrub on an oily spotty skin.
Regular exfoliation gives your skin a healthy, youthful radiance.
To find the best frequency for exfoliation, you should try it out and see how your skin reacts. For some people, once a day is best, for others every other day or once a week. Incidentally, exfoliation does not have any negative effect at all on the formation of healthy skin cells in the deeper layers of the skin.