4 Eco-friendly Exfoliators for your Skin Type
It can be a confusing world out there trying to find the right eco-friendly exfoliator for your skin type. The options out there are endless, it is no longer a case of choosing a jojoba bead scrub and using it once a week for smoother skin. There are manual scrubbing exfoliators, AHA peel’s to dissolve the dead skin cells, even serums and masks that have an exfoliating effect.
But which one is the best one for you? Here’s what we suggest:
For Dull Skin
If your skin is looking a little dull or flakey, it is likely that your skin cell regeneration is slow. There are lots of lifestyle factors that could be contributing to this such as lack of sleep, stress or pollution. If you need a little helping hand to get your glow back, a physical exfoliator with a boost of Vitamin C will work wonders. The NINI Organics Coffee & Cacao Scrub uses coffee and cacao seed powder to buff away dead skin cells, revealing brighter, fresher skin underneath. It also gives your skin a boost of Vitamin C with orange Peel powder and enhances your skin’s cellular turnover. This can be mixed with your existing cleanser for an exfoliating boost, or add a few drops of water and massage into your skin for instant luminosity.
For Oily, Spot-Prone Skin
If you have active breakouts then I recommend avoiding a manual, scrubbing exfoliator. This can further irritate your skin and spread the infection, causing more breakouts. Instead, opt for an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) mask that gently nibbles away at dead skin cells that cause blocked pores. This Living Libations Green Papaya and Lime Mask contains fruit-derived enzymes that work to exfoliate away dead skin cells. When used regularly, this mask not only helps to clear active breakouts, it also keeps your pores clear to prevent further breakouts from occurring, and improves the overall texture of your skin. Lemon peel extract targets the overproduction of oil, pineapple fruit enzymes slough away dead skin cells and papaya fruit enzyme increases the skin’s radiance for an instant glowing effect.
For Dry, Dehydrated Skin
Some exfoliators can leave your skin feeling dry and tight if harsh foaming agents are used as an ingredient base in the formula. There are so many natural alternatives that offer nourishing, hydrating properties, and don’t strip your skin. The Eco by Sonya Super Acai Exfoliator has a base of plant-based ingredients from coconut oil, chia seed oil and shea butter. These help to moisturise and hydrate the skin and avoid that dry, tight feeling. This scrub also harnesses the power of Acai berry to heal damaged skin cells and provide powerful antioxidant benefits.
For Ageing Skin
As ageing skin is more delicate, it is best to avoid a manual scrubbing exfoliator and opt for a gentle AHA exfoliator instead. As skin ages, cell regeneration slows down so using an exfoliating mask once a week can work wonders. We love the Evolve Beauty Miracle Mask for smoother, plumper skin. It contains a blend of 100% natural fruit acids including Glycolic acid from sugar cane, that helps to gently shed dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. As well as this, the fruit enzyme complex includes Lactic, Citric, Malic and Tartaric acids from Bilberry, Orange, Lemon and Sugar Maple. Peruvian Maca is also used to help stimulate cell renewal, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and boosting the skin’s luminosity and radiance.
Which is your favourite type of exfoliator? Do you prefer a physical scrub or an AHA mask?
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