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Deep Dive: Physical + Chemical Exfoliants

Deep Dive: Physical + Chemical Exfoliants

Looking for smoother, softer, glowing skin? Integrating exfoliants into your skincare routine is the best place to start. Both physical and chemical exfoliants each work in unique ways to remove dead skin cells — leaving clean, healthy and brighter skin. 

You may be most familiar with physical exfoliants because you may have used exfoliating masks or scrubs, while you may not know too much about chemical exfoliants. We are here to help answer what the difference between the two is, and do we recommend adding both in your routine? 

Physical vs. Chemical Exfoliants

Both physical and chemical exfoliants are named because of how they remove dead skin from your skin. Physical exfoliants use some kind of gentle scrub that speeds up the skin's turnover process.

R+R Mask includes delicately ground wild rose powder to gently buff while precious Bulgarian Rose essential oil nourishes the skin while Overtime Mask uses vitamin-packed pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder to gently polish away dead skin cells for a luminous effect.

Physical exfoliants are especially helpful for those with textured skin as the actual exfoliants inside of the formula help resurface your skin.

On the other hand, Chemical exfoliants are formulated with acid or other exfoliating chemicals to penetrate into a deeper layer of the skin to encourage cell turnover from the inside out. Glycolic Acid, which is one of the key ingredients in Soft Reset Exfoliating Solution, is one of the strongest and most common chemical exfoliants. This helps promote natural cell turnover, lifting dead skin to reveal luminous, soft skin.

There are all types of chemical exfoliants including Niacinamide, found in Jet Lag Mask and Soft Reset, and Lactic Acid, another key ingredient found in Soft Reset. 

These ingredients help with long-term skincare concerns that are more deeply rooted in your skin, like acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and discoloration. 

Do You Need Both? 

This truly depends on your skin type and your level of experience with exfoliants. We have formulated all Summer Fridays products to be gentle enough to use daily. We do, however, recommend you not mix your physical and chemical exfoliants at the same time and alternate nights depending what you feel your skin needs. 

Most skin types can use both physical and chemical exfoliants and it's helpful to have both in your skincare routines. If you have any specific skincare concerns with exfoliants, we recommend you speak with your doctor.

Remember when using both physical or chemical exfoliants it’s important to always follow up with a moisturizer. Always double check the ingredients and products you're using to ensure that they can be used at the same time, and if you have any questions, be sure to consult your dermatologist.