Why Chemical Exfoliation?
All You Need To Know
What is Chemical Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to make way for the regeneration of new skin cells; leaving your skin fresher, brighter and clearer with minimized pores and a smoother surface. While our skin sheds naturally (this cycle usually takes place monthly), some dead cells remain–this causes dull complexions, uneven skin tones and clogged pores. Exfoliating is also important because it improves the skin’s ability to absorb skincare products.
Regular exfoliation can prevent breakouts and clogged pores, while long term exfoliation has anti-ageing benefits.
Types of Chemical Exfoliators
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
AHAs are naturally occurring water soluble acids which include:
- Lactic acid (Derived from milk)
- Glycolic acid (Derived from sugar cane)
- Citric acid (Derived from citrus fruits)
Lactic acid is gentler on the skin and works the same way by removing the top layer of skin cells to brighten up your skin and make it glow. It also moisturises your skin while it exfoliates!
Glycolic acid is widely used because of its small molecular size, which allows it to penetrate the skin deeply and break down sebum.
Benefits of AHAs
- Promote collagen and improve blood flow
- Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Prevent acne
- Brightens the skin
- Improves product absorption
- Improves moisture content
- Rejuvenates the skin and fights the signs of skin ageing
AHAs are great for sun-damaged, dry skin
The products in our Glow-It-Yourself Treatment Kit revolves around the use of AHA.
Beta Hydroxy Acids
BHAs are naturally-derived acids that are oil-soluble, such as:
- Salicylic Acid (Derived from the bark of willow tree)
Benefits of BHAs
- Treats whiteheads, blackheads and deeper cystic acne
- Prevent acne with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties
BHAs are great for oily, acne-prone skin, clogged pores. Our Revitalising Tonic contains Citric and Salicylic Acid.
ZYU's products featuring chemical exfoliators:
Remember that everyone’s skin is different!
Tip: if you are new to chemical exfoliators, start with a lower percentage and with a single acidic product in your skincare routine.