Chemical vs. Physical
If you want a healthy and younger-looking skin, exfoliation is a must. Even for those who take care of their skin, dead cells build up over time. And if you neglect your skin, you will be left with old makeup, oils and dirt in the mix. There are two ways to exfoliate your skin: by causing a chemical reaction or by rubbing particles against your skin. For both techniques, the end goal is the same: to get rid of dead skin cells. Now, which one is better?
Physical or manual exfoliation varies in ways to exfoliate but typically contain some rough materials such as grains of ground up nuts. By rubbing these particles against your skin you are buffing away the dead cells. When you wash off the product you will immediately notice soft, glowing skin.
Many people fear “chemical” exfoliation for the simple fact that is sounds scary. In reality, chemical exfoliating ingredients include enzymes, such as fruit enzymes, lactic or glycolic acid as well as salicylic acid. These chemicals are used in low doses and typically are mixed with other soothing ingredients to avoid any irritation. Chemical peels provide a uniform exfoliation and are custom made for your skin type. The acid works in minutes and continues to stimulate new cell production to unclog pores and remove impurities. As the top layer sheds, it signals to the living cells to multiply and increase collagen production. Skin care products will be better able to penetrate your skin without the dead cells in the way and you will be left with smoother skin that is more receptive.
At the end of the day, it is a personal preference. The importance is that you exfoliate regularly. However, if you are looking to minimize the effects of aging, try a chemical exfoliator.