Exfoliating: Enzymes or Acids?  Which is Right for You?

Exfoliating: Enzymes or Acids? Which is Right for You?

Remember St. Ives Apricot Scrub back in the early 80's?  The walnut shell exfoliant was hugely popular, but not exactly all that great for our skin.

Our skin regenerates itself approximately every 30 days. Alas, this process slows down considerably as we age, leaving our skin looking dull, dry and uneven.  So exfoliation is a must to rid our skin of those nasty dead cells.

So what's a mature gal to do? The market is flooded with way too many choices.  The face scrubs of our youth just don't cut it anymore.

Thanks to science, we've come a long way baby!  Enter in chemical exfoliation.  But wait you say, is it safe for my skin?  Sit back and keep reading, I've got some great info for you.

There are 2 types of over the counter chemical exfoliants; Enzymes and Acids.  Enzymes are more gentle and a great way to introduce your skin to chemical exfoliation.  You'll typically see them made out of fruits such as pineapple and papaya.  There are no abrasive granules and they break down the cells by literally digesting the dead skin (sounds so gross)!

Exfoliating acids on the other hand (think lactic and glycolic) are more advanced and can be found in a variety of strengths.  Acids penetrate deeper and accelerate cell turnover allowing new cells to grow.

It may take some trial and error to find the product(s) that's right for you.  Have a conversation with your skin care professional to guide you in the right direction.  

Bottom line says Suzette Callahan, licensed Esthetician with Ambiance Spa and Wellness Center in Houston, TX, for mature skin protect in the morning, treat at night and always use SPF.

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