The Difference Between Physical And Chemical Exfoliation

The Difference Between Physical And Chemical Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the process where dead skin cells are removed from your skin. This has a multitude of benefits, such as preventing breakouts, improving the texture of your skin, evening out your skin tone and also, restoring a beautiful and youthful glow to dull skin. By removing these dead skill cells at the surface of your skin, new skin is revealed. Furthermore, skin cell turnover is encouraged so that the above-mentioned benefits can occur. There are mainly two types of exfoliation, physical and chemical. Read on to find out more about what chemical and physical exfoliation is and how to compare physical vs chemical exfoliation to determine what type of exfoliation is best for your skin type.

What Is Chemical Exfoliation?

During chemical exfoliation, the products that you have are the ones carrying out the exfoliating process for you. This is different from physical exfoliation, where you have to use manual force to exfoliate your skin. Chemical exfoliation penetrates your skin more deeply into the skin, allowing your skin to look brighter and smoother.  

What are Some Chemical Peeling and Exfoliants?

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): Acid-based chemical peeling solutions that contain AHA and BHA.
  • Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs): Water-based exfoliators like Cure Aqua Gel.
  • Enzyme Exfoliants

Our award-winning exfoliator contains enzymes, such as extracts from different soothing ingredients (Aloe Leaf, Gingko Leaf, Rosemary Leaf) and does not contain strong acids like AHA. It is also gentle on all skin types. You can be sure that this product will bring out your most radiant skin.

What Is Physical Exfoliation?

In physical exfoliation, your skin cells are manually removed from the surface of your skin. This process allows debris on your skin surface to also be removed during the process. Be wary, this process is not the gentlest on your skin!

What are Some Types of Physical Exfoliants?

  • Washcloths
  • Loofahs
  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Skin Scrubs
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Dermaplaning

Chemical vs Physical Exfoliants – Which is Better?

Determining what is best for you is based on what your skin type is, as well as your goals for your skincare. Here’s a quick guide for you based on your differing skin type and needs:

  • If you have sensitive skin, opt for chemical exfoliation as this tends to be less harsh to you than physical exfoliation.
  • If you are exfoliating at home, opt for chemical exfoliation. You may damage your skin with physical exfoliation if you apply too much pressure.
  • If you want immediate results, use the Cure Aqua Gel exfoliator. It gently removes unwanted dead skin surface on contact to reveal youthful glowing skin instantly. Its suitable to all skin types.

How to Properly Exfoliate Your Skin?

  • Understand your skin type and know what’s best for your personal skin type
  • Do not go overboard. You may wish for quick results and may excessively exfoliate which can cause serious damage to your skin barrier. This is especially so if your skin is sensitive or oily.
  • Keep your skin hydrated. Redness and dryness are common after exfoliating. Hence, staying well hydrated, using good moisturizers, and wearing proper sun protection when you’re outdoors can go a long way.
  • Use gentle and effective exfoliators like Cure Aqua Gel. It gently removes unwanted dead skin surface upon contact.
Moisturize well after exfoliating as it assists with enhancing the absorption of other skincare products.