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Exfoliation 101


Speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process with chemical or physical exfoliators has been the cornerstone of a good anti-aging skincare routine for decades. Through the daily grind of everyday life, dead skin cells build up on the surface of our skin. These skin cells will eventually get rubbed off, but in the meantime, makeup, dirt and oil join the mix – ultimately clogging pores and creating dull skin. This is where exfoliation comes into play.
Exfoliation 101

by Kate Grant

8 months ago


The Scoop

Exfoliation 101


Speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process with chemical or physical exfoliators has been the cornerstone of a good anti-aging skincare routine for decades. Through the daily grind of everyday life, dead skin cells build up on the surface of our skin. These skin cells will eventually get rubbed off, but in the meantime, makeup, dirt and oil join the mix – ultimately clogging pores and creating dull skin. This is where exfoliation comes into play.

by Kate Grant

8 months ago


Exfoliation 101
Speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process with chemical or physical exfoliators has been the cornerstone of a good anti-aging skincare routine for decades. Most of us remember using St. Ives Apricot Scrub a little too aggressively in junior high. Don’t get me wrong… I was a huge fan of the apricot scrub as a teen, but the skincare industry has advanced since those days. In today’s market, there are so many different types of exfoliators, that it can get a little confusing to find one that works best for your skin type. Consider us your personal skincare agents, as we break down some of the basics about exfoliation along with the key types of exfoliators.

 

 Why Exfoliation is important:

Through the daily grind of everyday life, dead skin cells build up on the surface of our skin. These skin cells will eventually get rubbed off, but in the meantime, makeup, dirt and oil join the mix – ultimately clogging pores and creating dull skin. This is where exfoliation comes into play. The best way to unclog pores and prevent this buildup is with exfoliation.

 

The Different Types of Exfoliation:

 Physical Exfoliators

The OG type of exfoliation is the physical exfoliator (think St. Ives) – this type of product has some rough ingredient that helps to scrub the top layer of skin, buffing away dead skin cells for instantly brighter, and smoother skin.  

*One thing to look out for, is whether or not the exfoliation ingredient is spherical. Many brands use ground up crystals, nuts, or sugar as the main ingredient in their physical exfoliators. This can actually do more harm than good by creating micro tears and ultimately damaging the top layers of the skin. 

At Free Agent, we carefully selected spherical jojoba beads to use in our Flash Forward Thermal Exfoliation Treatment, so there is no risk of damage to your skin or the environment.

 

Chemical Exfoliation

There are several types of chemical exfoliators ranging from AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids), BHA’s (beta hydroxy acids) and various enzymes (more on all that in another blog post)…. Chemical exfoliators work by breaking the bonds between skin cells and loosening up the dead cells so they can easily sluff off.

Chemical exfoliators come in all types of products ranging from cleansers, scrubs, wipes, toners and even moisturizers. Depending on the type of chemical exfoliation, you might need to be careful of photosensitivity and sun burns. Some chemical exfoliators are meant for daily use, while others should be used no more than 2 – 3 times a week, or you run the risk of over sensitizing your skin. 

In our Flash Forward Thermal Enzymatic Exfoliation Treatment, we combine physical exfoliation with Lactic Acid (an AHA that is safer for sensitive skin) and multi-fruit enzymes for an intensive treatment.

 

At Free Agent, we are big believers in the power of a good exfoliator. Not only does it instantly brighten and even out texture, it thoroughly preps the skin for your leave-on treatment products, leaving the perfect canvas for a smooth makeup application.

For the ultimate at-home exfoliation treatment, check out Flash Forward. The hyper clean formula is alcohol free (to prevent over-drying), and is packed with 10% Lactic Acid, multi-fruit enzymes, jojoba spheres, and our thermal warming complex to really heat things up so your leave-on treatments work harder for you.

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  • Thank you for caring enough to take the time to educate your clients on good skincare. I found this quick “scoop” extremely enlightening! This shows that you are dedicated not only to pure natural fresh products but also to our understanding of these products and more……….. Amazing Customer Service!!!!

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