SPRING SKIN AWAKES: Exfoliation in your Springtime Beauty Routine.
Why should you exfoliate your skin in spring?
During the winter months, the exfoliant could simply lower the moisture level from the skin and leave it irritated and dry. This would increase the dryness of the already abundant dryness of the skin already induced by the winter months.
The philosophy behind spring transition suggests that it is time to discover new layers of fresh skin and improve skin texture with regular exfoliation. All you have to deep dive into the second Chapter if our guide to Bring transition and check out our vast selection of Exfoliants.
Exfoliation in the routine for spring.
Spring is the perfect time to renew and refresh your skin by introducing exfoliation into the spring routine. Exfoliation and dry brushing can help get rid of dull winter skin and let the skin be ready for the summer.
Exfoliate the skin for spring: mechanical or chemical.
The latest generation of products allow to obtain a clear and smooth skin avoiding friction with the live skin. The first fundamental difference is between mechanical and chemical exfoliants. Both allow for a softer skin without reddening or creating wrinkles in the process. However, while mechanical exfoliants eliminate dead cells using granular particles, chemical exfoliants do so using acids.
Mechanical exfoliants are also known as face scrubs or manual scrubs. They contain tiny particles that are sensitive to the touch and there are various types, such as salt grains, sugar or nuts. This is a great way to remove all dead cells from the surface of the skin, giving greater radiance and smoothness to the face, accompanied by the pleasant feeling of freshness of a freshly washed face.
– Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish.
One of our favorite exfoliating mechanics is Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish. It has a high content of black sugar which helps in the removal of dead skin cells and blackheads.
– A’Pieu Deep Clean Scrub Tissue. These double-sided cleaning wipes are based on sodium bicarbonate and carbonated water. They remove dead skin, excess sebum and makeup.
Chemical exfoliants: AHA and BHA.
Chemical exfoliants include detergents, toners, serums and sometimes moisturizers.
Common chemical exfoliants have a low percentage of very mild AHA or BHA acids.
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are acids generally derived from natural ingredients, act on the surface of the skin and are water-soluble. They are also distinguished by the ability to improve those natural moisturizing factors of the skin from the inside.
AHAs are also able to improve the skin’s natural moisture level. They smoothen the structure and improve the skin tone, especially if it is irregular. They play an active role in reducing visible signs of sun damage, wrinkles and acne scars. They are unbeatable when it comes to normal, dry and sensitive skin.
Types of AHA acid:
Lactic acid is an organic acid belonging to the category of alphahydroxy acids, substances that can break the bonds that are created between keratinocytes, promoting skin flaking, even down to the deepest layers of the epidermis.
Glycolic acid is the smallest of the alpha-hydroxy acids. It comes from natural sources such as fruit, beet and sugar cane. It is in the form of a crystalline solid, odorless and colorless, highly soluble in water. Its low molecular weight favors its absorption into the stratum corneum. Its activity is linked to the ability to reduce the forces of cohesion between corneocytes by direct action on desmosomes. The exfoliation of the upper layer of the epidermis and the consequent increase in the rate of cell turnover, produces an increase in the activity of fibroblasts and the production of collagen and elastin.
Citric acid is an organic tri-carboxylic acid. It is a white crystalline powder and is obtained by extraction from citrus fruits or by fermentation of sugary solutions. Its structure with three acidic functions gives it chelating properties, while the presence of the alcoholic function in alpha position compared to the acid one gives the citric acid exfoliating and keratolytic properties.
Malic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid characteristic of fruit, particularly abundant in apples. It is presented in the form of white powder soluble in water. In association with other AHAs, it has a good keratolytic activity. Its acantholytic action reduces the adhesion between corneocytes and thins the stratum corneum. This facilitates the rapid elimination of pigmented corneocytes, with a consequent lightening effect and an increase in skin radiance. Applied on acne skin, it exerts comedolytic activity, facilitating the emptying of cysts and microcysts.
Tartaric acid is one of the most important alpha-hydroxy acids, the so-called fruit acids. The virtues of tartaric acid are exploited in different areas, ranging from cosmetics to cooking. Tartaric AcidWhile in cosmetics tartaric acid is often the undisputed protagonist of exfoliating peelings and depigmenting creams, in the kitchen it is indicated both as an acidity regulator and as a leavening agent (added to sodium bicarbonate).
– Blithe Patting Splash Mask Sooting Rejuvenating Purple Berry. A firming mask based on blueberry, acai berry, strawberry and raspberry. The antioxidants contained in the formula slow down the action of free radicals, thus delaying the formation of wrinkles. Smoothes, relaxes and moisturizes the skin.
– Missha Clear Revolution Clear Toner: This moisturizing toner cleanses the pores and removes dead skin without drying it out. Used under makeup, it extends its life span.
– Pibu Beauty Bubbling Charcoal Mask: A sensational charcoal mask that emits pleasant bubbles that deeply purify your skin making it silky smooth, firm and elastic.
– Son and Park Beauty Water: This is neither a toner nor a cleanser. It is a multifunctional product that acts both as an exfoliant and toner for balancing the pH, thanks to ingredients such as rose flower water, witch hazel water and extracts and oils of many other natural plants.
– Missha Clear Revolution Clear Toner: This is not a moisturizing toner that cleanses the pores and removes dead skin without drying it out. Used under makeup, it extends its life span.
BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acids), on the other hand, act on the surface of the skin and inside the pores. They are soluble in oil. These are suitable for normal and oily skin, subject to shocks, imperfections and enlarged pores. The BHA has excellent natural calming properties. It is delicate and suitable for sensitive skin subject to redness and rosacea.
– Blithe – Patting Mask soothing Green Tea: is a mask with soothing action based on green tea leaf extract. Deeply cleanses the skin and prevents irritation. Controls the hydrolipidic balance of the skin.
– Yadah – Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser: Yadah Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser is a detergent with a low acid content, rich in natural extracts and very low quantities of chemical substances. The stimulation on the skin is very low while it is most effective against skin disorders.
– Leegeehaam Grow Tea Tree 70 BHA: Formulated with 70% Melaleuca Alternifolia (more commonly known as Tea Tree extract) and willow bark extract, this gentle formula is perfect for exfoliating old dead skin cells from the surface, while helping to balance the skin to help prevent blemishes. BHAs also unlock congested pores, while niacinamide supports the functioning of the skin barrier and moisturizes the skin, leaving it always fresh and toned.
– D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No Sebum Repair Cream: A moisturizing cream designed with mixed and sensitive skin in mind. The formula contains ingredients such as calamine powder that controls sebum (as well as having calming effects) and BHA acids that improve cell turnover by gently eliminating dead cells.
– D’Alba Piedmont Peptide No Sebum Balancing Toner: A luxurious balancing and cleansing toner perfect for oily and combination skin. This multitasking product moisturizes oily and mixed skin and transforms it to a pH of 5.6.
Exfoliating: how often should you do it.
Exfoliation every day can damage the skin and cause blemishes. In fact, we are removing the outer layer of the skin, leaving it with too little time to recover.
Excess in this case can make the skin dry, irritated and reddened quickly. In addition, by thinning the dermis layer, it facilitates the formation of wrinkles.
So how often should we exfoliate our faces?
In principle, twice a week. However, it is necessary to remember that the exfoliation, especially in spring, thins the layer of dermis by removing the old skin and discovering the new one. In this sense it is necessary to raise the nourishment of the skin to the maximum with moisturizers and tonics. In addition, in spring the sun’s rays begin to have a greater intensity. That’s why it’s always important to use sunscreen. Never before has the fundamental step of the sunscreen been even more central, precisely to avoid unpleasant consequences for the skin.
And every skin type has its own golden rules. Read more about the exfoliant guide.
Signs of over exfoliation.
As we discussed in our guide to exfoliation be careful not to exaggerate with the exfoliant. Even its in Spring the skin is more prone to withstand this step, it is appropriate not to exaggerate. Here are the signal lights.
Swollen appearance: the skin appears swollen. Over-exfoliation causes inflammation and increases sensitivity. It can also damage the skin’s natural lipid barrier.
Vents and ruptures. When you exaggerate, the skin barrier breaks and these tears allow bacteria to enter below the epidermis. A skin without vents and breaks should be reason enough not to exaggerate with ultra-exfoliation.
Shiny front: if your forehead looks shiny maybe you should stop exfoliating. The light is reflected because the natural structure of the skin has been smoothed out during the exfoliation.
Dry and tight skin: When you do not exfoliate properly, the skin loses much of its natural oiliness. The level of oiliness can also be lowered for naturally greasy skins; this dryness will be coupled with greater rigidity and a consequent sensation of discomfort.
Exfoliants: not just for the face.
Tips and Tricks: Sometimes lip balm is not enough to get rid of the annoying flaky patches. If you’re fighting chapped lips, try a natural lip scrub. Massage with a circular motion on the lips with your fingers or with a soft cloth, then remove with warm water and apply a natural lip balm.
A DIY recipe.
Brown sugar is a delicate exfoliant for the lips as you can see in our DIY DIY tutorial! (Tutorial links)
Face and Neck.
Tips and Tricks: Our faces receive the weight of winter elements, so there can be a lot of dry and flaky areas to sand down. However, the skin on our face is thin and sensitive, so it is important to be delicate. And don’t forget to exfoliate the neck, or the area between neck and collarbone.
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