Types of Exfoliates and how to choose the best one for you!
Exfoliates tend to fall into 2 categories- Mechanical and enzymatic. The easiest way to remember is one you move around on your face and the other just sits and looks pretty for 10 minutes or so.
Mechanical exfoliates are the little granular feeling scrubs. And believe me when I say not all are created equally. Some granular feeling exfoliates can contain a product that if you are unaware can create microscopic cuts in your skin, leaving you open for bacteria and breakouts! When in doubt give a shout out to your esthetician to talk about what is in the product you want to buy.
All Skin Types can use a mechanical exfoliation product, however oily skin types need to be careful to not over stimulate the skin and create more oil production. Just easy does it on the massaging it in.
Enzymatic exfoliates these are the pac-mans of the exfoliate world. The product sits on your skin and on a small scale runs around like pac-man eating the skin cells. Common fruit enzymes come from pumpkin, pineapple and papaya, so read those labels to watch out for allergies.
All Skin Types can use an enzymatic exfoliation product.