Hi friends and welcome I’m Gaby and thank you for watching! Today I want to talk about a topic that I’ve been wanting to touch on for weeks Chemical exfoliants vs. physical Which of these two is better Which will be less harmful to our skin And will provide more benefits Lately, this subject has been on my mind and I wanted to learn more about it The reason why I got really motivated to research this topic, was due to Kylie Jenner’s recent skincare launch especially the walnut scrub included in her Kylie skin collection When it was revealed that the scrub in her collection was formulated with walnuts, there was a huge backlash in the skincare community online It wasn’t hard to find articles or videos about the topic This inspired me to learn more about exfoliants, and that’s what today’s video is about In case you guys are in the same boat as me I had no idea what to make of chemical exfoliants with the AHA’s and BHA’s I was so confused by all these terms Every time I would watch a video on the subject, I felt like it was a new language I just didn’t get it I wanted to know what would be the best type of exfoliant for my skin type I don’t want to cause damage to my skin by not using the right product, or not exfoliating correctly So, here’s the information I found during these last few weeks I hope you like the video After the walnut scrub controversy, I really wanted to know which type of exfoliation is better for our skin Physical/mechanical exfoliation or chemical exfoliation That is the question that I wanted to answer first Which of the two types is more recommended This is what I found It is said that chemical exfoliation is better because it is not necessary to be harsh on our skin as it is believed that we have to scrub when using a physical exfoliant Also, the acids used on chemical exfoliators are way more effective at deeply penetrating the skin and getting a better exfoliation without damaging the top layer of our skin This is perhaps one of the most known methods of exfoliation Another name for the type of exfoliators that fall under physical exfoliation is is “scrubs” The granules contained in this type of exfoliants can cause tiny cuts known as lacerations, in our skin The walnut particles can have very sharp edges This increases the risk of suffering from lacerations in the long run It’s important to be gentle when applying the exfoliant and not press too hard on these particles Exfoliate with a light hand, and remember to love your skin There is also other methods of physical exfoliation like facial brushes and dermaplanning Facial brushes can be very effective to minimize the appareance of large pores They also help to eliminate blackheads But for people with with very sensitive skin, these facial brushes can cause irritation Especially, if we press too hard when using it For people with very sensitive skin, it’s recommended not to use physical exfoliants especially facial brushes But if you have sensitive skin, and you prefer physical exfoliation over chemical, It’s recommended to use exfoliants with tiny particles And of course, avoid using exfoliants with nut particles This type of exfoliant is associated with acids There’s a couple different groups of acids The most common are, AHA’s and BHA’s If you’d like to see a video specifically on acids AHA’s, BHA’s and PHA’s Leave me a comment below if you’d like to see that video on types of chemical exfoliants and which acid is better for your skin type I will gladly do a video on that topic I’m curious to learn more about it too Getting back on track, chemical exfoliants can be less harsh on our skin They help diminish the look of large pores, fine lines And some chemical exfoliants are great for acne These exfoliants help remove dead skin cells and stimulate the growth of healthy skin Which is the same function of physical exfoliants but the way they are formulated makes them perform differently One of the main acids in the AHA category is glycolic acid For this video, I will only be talking about that one This was one of the top acids that I encountered while doing this research It’s one of the most popular, so I’ll talk a bit about it And like I said, if you want a video dedicated to chemical exfoliants Leave a comment below Glycolic acid is a fantastic exfoliant It’s also great at helping reduce dark spots on the skin I read that this acid is not the most recommended for oily skin, because it is soluble in water which does not make it apt for penetrating oily skin These type of acids, the alpha hydroxy acids It’s a little hard to say that out loud The alpha hydroxy acids are more recommended for dry skin As they are not as effective at deeply penetrating oily skin Then we have the beta hydroxy acids And the main acid in this category is called salicylic acid If that name sounds familiar is because salicylic acid is one of the most known acids in treating acne prone skin These acid is capable of deeply penetrating the skin’s layers It is recommended for oily skin and acne prone skin Having given you some basics on both types of exfoliation, physical and chemical, I want to show you what some of these exfoliants look like I have one from The Body Shop This has vitamin C This is the glow revealing liquid peel Since this is a peel it puts it in the chemical exfoliant category This other one is by the brand Fresh It’s called sugar strawberry exfoliating face wash Strawberries and sugar Aside from being an exfoliant, it’s also a face wash It cleans the skin, while also removing dead skin cells that we accumulate daily It is recommended to do an exfoliation twice or three times a week Even though some of you may do it more than that or maybe less than that It all depends on you skin type and how often you think it needs it A physical exfoliant like this one, the consistency of the product will be grainy You will be able to feel the particles Very small usually, like with this one but they’re still there It’s important to remember that when using this type of exfoliant, we have to use careful movements Don’t press hard on the skin Then we have the peel, and like I mentioned this is a chemical exfoliant I use this quite often You put a small amount of this on your face, lightly rub it in and dead skin starts coming off You can literally see all those dead skin cells peel off It’s so satisfying to see It’s a gel-like consistency There is no granules or particles involved in this type of exfoliation It’s only gel It’s recommended to use it for around 20 to 30 seconds That’s what the brand’s website says Like I said before, when applying we have to be gentle Even if it’s a chemical exfoliator Always exfoliate with care Let’s be kind to our skin And that’s it for today’s video If you have any questions, or if you’d like to add anything to this video anything relevant to this topic The comment box will be open and I’ll gladly be reading your comments Down below, I’ll leave my social media links The @the.skincrush instagram I’m usually more active over there Thanks for watching, and as always sending you loads of positive vibes See you in the next one!

1 Comment

  • The skin crush says:

    Hola niñ@s💖
    Creo que en este video se nota mi preferencia por el exfoliante químico. Si ustedes prefieren la exfoliación física/mecánica, me encantaría saber cuales son algunos de sus exfoliantes favoritos y que tipo de piel son🤗

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