During the Winter months, colder temperatures set in, humidity levels are low and skin has a tendency to become dry, irritated and flakey. While it’s common knowledge that hydrating skin care products are important during the Winter months, it’s just as important to exfoliate. Here’s why.

  • Exfoliants make moisturizing products more effective. Because it’s important to use deeply moisturizing products during the Winter, it’s also important to make those products as effective as possible. Without exfoliation, dead skin cells build up and block moisture from the layers of skin that need it most. With regular exfoliation, your hydrating serum, moisturizer and cleansers will better penetrate the skin.
  • Polishes and scrubs replenish the skin. During the Winter, skin cells tend to dry out and build up more quickly than in other seasons. Cold temperatures and dry air contribute to dehydration and dullness. When you incorporate an exfoliating product into your routine, dry, dull cells are sloughed off to make way for new, healthy ones and your skin will become brighter and more radiant.
  • Exfoliators get rid of excess dirt and debris that your cleanser won’t remove. Oftentimes cleansers fail to remove every last bit of dirt, debris or makeup leftover from the day. Incorporating an exfoliator enables serums, moisturizers and masks to maximally penetrate the skin.

What are the differences between the types of exfoliators?

Physical exfoliants are made up of granules that are rubbed on the skin to buff away dead, dull skin cells for soft, bright and smooth skin. Try Mint Facial Polish. It’s a highly concentrated polishing scrub that detoxifies and brightens the skin for a beautiful and radiant glow. 

Chemical exfoliants use enzymes or acids to loosen the bonds between cells and remove the top-most layer of dead skin cells. Although it takes longer to see results compared to physical exfoliants, it’s a gentler option for people with sensitive skin. Try Revercel glycolic acid products. Perfect Glycolic Cleanser is a refreshing daily cleanser formulated with 15% glycolic acid, antioxidants and botanicals to leave dull skin bright and fresh. Perfect Glycolic Treatments 15% and 25% blend glycolic acid, moisturizers and skin conditioners to increase cell turnover for brighter, fresher skin. They reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as uneven skin tone.

An exfoliating face wash can either be a physical or a chemical exfoliant. They’re two-in-one products that simultaneously cleanse the skin while sloughing off dead, dull skin cells. Exfoliating facial cleansers may be preferred for people with sensitive skin as polishes and scrubs can be irritating with overuse. Try Papaya Cleanser. Its moisturizing formula gently exfoliates and deeply cleanses. It’s great for all skin types and leaves skin soft and glowing.

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