If you’re one of the many women who like to exfoliate their skin on a regular basis, then you are probably often on the lookout for good exfoliating products. Indeed, it seems that a new exfoliating product appears on the market everyday. With such an abundance of products to exfoliate your skin, how do you make sure that you are choosing the right one? One of the things you can do is to familiarize yourself with the different types of exfoliating products first. This will help you determine which products are right for you so you can narrow down you options.
1. Facial Masks
Facial masks are not just among the most popular exfoliating products, but they have also been around for a long time. Ancient facial masks were made from natural and whole ingredients such as flowers and herbs. Today, there are many commercially prepared skin masks that you can find in any beauty store. These products are not just designed to exfoliate your skin, but also promise to bring about other benefits such as hydration and skin firming. Before you select a facial mask, it’s important that you know your skin type first. Do you have oily skin that’s prone to acne break-outs? Do you have dry skin that’s prone to peeling in cold temperatures? Do you have a combination of both? Knowing the type of skin that you have will help you decide which exfoliating facial mask to buy.
2. Chemical Exfoliants
Chemical exfoliating products can basically be categorized into skin exfoliation products that you can purchase over the counter and the chemical procedures that are offered by dermatologists. Over-the-counter exfoliating products like gels, creams and lotions should be applied to the face or body after the skin has been cleansed. If you apply your exfoliating product in the morning, it is highly recommended that you also wear sunscreen. Exfoliating products make your skin more sensitive to the sun so you need extra protection.
Most of the chemical treatments that you will receive in facials or dermatologist’s clinics will contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids such as lactic acid, glycolic acid, tartaric acid and malic acid. Lactic acid is derived from sour milk, while glycolic acid is from sugar cane. Grapes are the primary sources of tartaric acid, while malic acid can be sourced from apples.
3. Home Remedies
Home remedies are somewhat similar to facial masks that are sold in the drugstore. The difference is that with home exfoliating remedies, not only do you get to save your money but you’re also sure that your remedy uses nothing but natural ingredients. Making your own exfoliating concoction also allows you to be more in control of the ingredients. A popular home exfoliating remedy is a simple oatmeal facial scrub. Simply ground 2 teaspoons of oatmeal, then add a teaspoon of baking soda and some water to turn the mixture into a sticky paste. Lather the mask on your face, moving your fingers in circular motions. Rinse with water and pat gently to dry.
Use these products to exfoliate skin and regularly uncover smooth new skin in your face and body.