On occasion though, it's still recommended to use a separate exfoliator, as this can remove even more of the dead skin cells and impurities that can be left behind after cleansing.
Your skin is designed to renew itself and it will naturally shed over time, but as we age the process slows down, leaving the skin looking dull from the build of dead skin.
Fresh skin reflects light, giving us that youthful appearance but dead skin absorbs the light, giving us that dull, grey and lifeless appearance, so it's important to remove it.
Oily skins in particular need to get rid of the dead skin, as amongst other things it can block the pores and lead to spots!
That said, it important not to over exfoliate, as this can aggravate the skin and lead to other issues.
It may be worth pointing out that there are two different types of exfoliants.
- Chemical - these include AHA, peels, enzymes and glycolic acid
- Mechanical - these include micro-beads, microdermabrasion, scrubs, face brushes and cloths
As mentioned I use a face brush on a daily basis (Clarisonic) and occasionally a muslin cloth, So I don't need a harsh chemical exfoliator. I also have quite sensitive skin and have experienced bad breakouts with chemical exfoliants that I've used in the past, so I tend to stick to more gentle mechanical exfoliators now.
I use both the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator for Women (70 ml for £13) and the Liz Earle for Men Face Scrub (75 ml for £12.75).
Which one I choose, depends on how my skin is feeling that day and whether I'm exfoliating in the morning or the evening?
|These are both travel sizes that were included in kits|
Therefore I would normally use this on a particular sensitive skin day.
The consistency and texture is very much like the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, expect a little lighter and it contains Jojoba beads and a higher percentage of Eucalyptus oil (you can tell this from the smell).The benefit of using Jojoba beads as an exfoliator is they are perfectly spherical so they won't scratch the skin, like some scrubs that contain ground material such as olive stones for example, which may be too harsh for sensitive skins.
Mixed in with the cocoa butter base, for cushioning they can be massaged around the skin to give a very gentle yet effective exfoliation.
|Women's on the left, Men's on the Right.|
The constancy is a lot thicker than the women's exfoliator, it's also designed to be applied to wet skin and to be used after shaving.
The fragrance is very similar, with quite a strong eucalyptus scent which makes it really clean and fresh smelling. Also a great natural anti-bacterial which is beneficial after shaving.
Using a scrub after shaving helps to keep the pores clear and prevent ingrowing hairs and razor bumps.
Because my skin is a little more on the sensitive side though, I do have to be careful with this scrub and ensure I don't apply as much pressure as I would with the Gentle Face Exfoliator. Although for most men, I think this scrub would be fine.Both exfoliators are fantastic in their own right, but personally I prefer the Gentle Face Exfoliator. It's the perfect example that just because a product is marketed at a particular gender, that it's important to know your own skin and what works best for you.
Let me know your favourite method of exfoliation below and if you know of one I might like and not yet tried?