PHYSICAL VS. CHEMICAL EXFOLIATION
Want to boost your glow? One word: Exfoliation.
Exfoliating regularly is essential for soft, smooth and refreshed skin. Why is it good to exfoliate? Basically, dead skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface, which can leave your complexion looking dull, rough and dry.
There are two types of exfoliation: Physical and chemical. What’s the difference? Physical exfoliation uses small particles—we use walnut powder and Icelandic volcanic sand—to manually scrub away rough, flaky skin and let smoother skin glow through. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves acids—such as AHAs, BHAs and PHAs—to loosen the “glue” that holds the dead surface layer of skin together (cute, right?) and reveal the newer, fresher skin underneath.
Ready to leave your rough days behind? Here are our favorite ways to exfoliate:
These faves are made with powerful AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids), BHAs (salicylic acid ) or PHAs (or some combination).
Dewtopia™ 20% Acid Night Treatment does the work while you sleep. Packed with a powerful 20% acid blend (10% AHAs and 10% PHAs), this nightly retexturizing serum overhauls skin texture to reveal a significantly smoother, renewed, brighter complexion. And, it helps replenish skin with aloe juice, birch sap and cotton water.
Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner removes excess oil and helps unclog, purify and minimize the appearance of pores. This refreshing face toner also features an energizing eucalyptus-peppermint scent for an instant pick-me-up.
It’s time to atone for your skin sins. Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner , supercharged with a high concentration of AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids) and witch hazel water, reduces the look of dark spots in as little as 7 days*. It also targets fine lines and wrinkles, and smoothes texture. But this powerhouse AHA toner has a soft side, too. Infused with sandalwood, chamomile and licorice extracts, it’s gentle enough for daily use. (*In an independent clinical study on 39 women, after 8 weeks.)
Get flawless skin in a flash (seriously, just 15 minutes!) with PHAT Glow Facial™, the no-downtime, massage-activated at-home facial. Whether your plans involve red wine and the couch or a red carpet and limo, this innovative face mask, powered by PHAs (polyhydroxy acids), is the ultimate “get ready with me” prep step—it works like a facial to instantly reveal smoother, illuminated, no-filter-necessary skin.
These essentials are made with ultra-fine sugar, lemon peel powder and Icelandic volcanic sand.
Pore-Balance™ Facial Sauna Scrub, with Icelandic volcanic sand, Green Fusion Complex™ and neem seed oil, is inspired by the detoxifying benefits of the Scandinavian sauna cycle. This exfoliating scrub warms on contact, then cools as you massage away dirt, oil and any rough skin.
Lemonade Smoothing Scrub™ , is a refreshing, dual-action scrub that instantly retexturizes, polishes and reduces the look of pores. Potent AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) help loosen and lift dead skin cells while ultra-fine sugar and lemon peel powder gently sweep away rough skin. Why choose between physical or chemical exfoliation when you can do them both?
So, what’s your favorite way to exfoliate?
Don’t forget to show us your #OleGlow on social and tag us @olehenriksen so we can admire your smooth skin!