Exfoliation Explained: Chemical vs. Physical Exfoliation

Exfoliation can vary across two major categories to help rejuvinate your glow and beauty: Chemical Exfoliation and Physical Exfoliation. Below you can find a detailed explanation of both skincare solutions that we offer with our Lavish Cincinnati Skincare Services.

If you are looking for a gentle and safe way to rejuvenate your skin, exfoliation is a very effective way to accomplish that. It focuses on removing the dead layer of skin cells that are likely clogging up the tiny pores on your face that. removing those dead skin cells to allow your healthy pores to remain clear can be accomplished through chemical exfoliation or physical exfoliation. 

Are you wondering how they are different and which of these skincare solutions is best for you?

Luckily, I’ve laid out the explanations and things for you to consider. Please don’t hestitate to contact us though if you have questions about which is for you – we’re happy to assist.


Physical Exfoliation

Physical exfoliation is the more common approach of these two methods we’ll be talking about today.Physical exfoliation leverages the use of scrubs, dermaplane, and other things like facial cleansing brushes. This type of exfoliation is done by manually polishing the dead skin off the surface of the skin. They usually rely on tiny particles that act as abrasives to safely extract the dead skin cells which are uniquely vulnerable to being removed.

Because the process is so direct and involves the literal removal of these dead skin cells, the results are more immediate. A secondary benefit to this is that this process encourages healthy blood flow through your face which also contributes to the glow you see after a physical exfoliation done correctly.

While the positives are wonderful, the drawbacks are important, too. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider chemical exfoliation or slowly work your way into physical exfoliation to understand your skin’s reaction. Physical exfoliation should be done sparingly, ie 3-4 times per week maximum, even for those with normal skin. Regardless of your skin type, let’s talk about chemical exfoliation.

Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation leverages the use of naturally occurring chemicals that are perfectly safe and harmless to your skin. They have a dramatically positive effect on your skin’s appearance. Retinoids, Salycilic, and Glycolic are all examples of such safe acids to use. This type of exfoliation works a little deeper in the skin to stimulate new skin cells and decongest.⁣

While physical exfoliation has a more immediate impact, chemical exfoliation is a bit slower acting. But in the long run, if you have sensitive skin, they can be the best alternative for you while still maintaining the an effective dead skin care removal regiment to keep your face with a beautiful, natural glow.

Lavish Cincinnati Exfoliation Recommendation

I recommend doing a little of both on a regular basis. You need to remove the dead skin on the surface (physical exfoliation) in order for the your products (chemical exfoliation) to work. They work synergistically to ensure that your skin is healthy and glowing. Visit our beauty services to see all of our beauty options. We look forward to hearing from you!

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