Exfoliating is a key part of any routine. Removing dead skin allows your face (or body) to appear brighter and it allows products to be absorbed more efficiently after cell turnover.
Chemical vs. Physical Exfoliators: What's the difference?
Exfoliators usually come in two types: chemical and physical.
Chemical exfoliants have a smoother texture, and work to break bonds between skin cells to loosen your dead skin - think Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), and fruit enzymes.
Physical exfoliants have a grittier texture that require gentle scrubbing to release dead skin cells. Look for ingredients such as rice bran, oatmeal, or sugar. The key word is gentle –– larger exfoliants like apricot kernels or fruit pits can cause micro-tears on the face and should only be used on your body.
Peet created a physical Exfoliator as they tend to be more gentle and cause less irritation than chemical formulas. We use jojoba wax beads which are a biodegradable, plant-based alternative to plastic beads. Colloidal oatmeal and rice bran also help gently exfoliant without irritating the skin.
Whatever type you use, start off slowly, using it 1-2 times/week to see how your skin responds.