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Every Dermalogica exfoliant is vegan friendly & cruelty-free and supported by proven actives and enrighing botanicals that work to promote barrier renewal - removing dead, tired, dull skin cells and stimulating healthy new glowing skin cells.

EXFOLIATION AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR SKIN

Unclog congested pores, remove dead skin cells, dirt, and debris and reveal brighter skin underneath with Dermalogica’s exfoliators, face scrubs & peels.

As skin cells are produced from the deepest layer and move towards the surface, older cells harden, lose moisture, and detach from skin. This process is called desquamation, and it helps eliminate damaged, contaminated cells that carry environmental pollutants.

During the ageing process, cell turnover slows, which causes skin dullness, congestion, & dryness. Exfoliation, reveals a fresher, healthier appearance as newer cells are revealed and congestion, dryness and dullness disappears. They also help minimise the signs of skin ageing and hyperpigmentation (dark spots), by lifting dull, discoloured cells that give skin a mottled, uneven appearance.  

Dermalogica scrubs use gentle ingredients such as Rice Bran, Charcoal or Oat Powder to polish and smooth skin. A face scrub removes dead skin cells through friction.

Chemical exfoliators work by dissolving the intercellular "glue" that attaches skin cells, allowing separation and removal from skin. Chemical exfoliators include Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid and come in varying strengths, offering gentle exfoliation through to advanced chemical peeling.

Exfoliators can also help minimise the signs of skin ageing and hyperpigmentation (dark spots), by lifting dull, discoloured cells that give skin a mottled, uneven appearance. Pair with targeted treatment serums and/or treatment face masques for maximum skin smoothing and brightening. 

Dermalogica exfoliators combine multiple resurfacing ingredients with a variety of options to suit your skincare regime from exfoliator peels to exfoliator masks, exfoliator face scrubs and more.

There is an exfoliator to treat and correct every skin concern

Weekly exfoliators can be used 1 - 3 times a week and are ideal for addressing skin concerns such as skin ageing, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. 

Daily exfoliators are designed for once-a-day use, using either in the morning or evening. Ideal for those with sensitive skin or new to exfoliation, or they can be used to power up a routine, alternating with a weekly exfoliant.

Dermalogica icon, Daily Microfoliant smooths and brightens skin with a rice-based powder formula. Addressing skin ageing pollution, Daily Superfoliant is a charcoal-based powder exfoliator that resurfaces skin, absorbing  impurities and environmental pollutants that leads to early skin ageing. Featuring Oat and vegan Coconut Milk powder, Daily Milkfoliant exfoliates, calms, and replenishes skin.

For an exfoliator and hydrator in one, select our facial exfoliator and masque in one, HydroMasque Exfoliant, that’s powered by Bamboo Powder and infused with skin-loving hydrators like Jojoba Oil and Snow Mushroom. 

Every Dermalogica exfoliant is vegan friendly & cruelty-free and supported by proven actives and enrighing botanicals that work to promote barrier renewal - removing dead, tired, dull skin cells and stimulating healthy new glowing skin cells.

What does an exfoliator do?

Incorporating regular exfoliation into your skincare routine is the key to maintaining soft, luminous, and healthy-looking skin. Exfoliators and face scrubs work to purify the skin by removing excess dirt, oil, dead skin cells for a clearer, smoother, and brighter skin.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     How to use an exfoliator

  • Start by cleansing your face with a targeted facial cleanser. Pat dry and apply a thin layer of exfoliator on the skin.
  • Gently massage the exfoliant onto your skin using circular motions. Avoid scrubbing too hard, as this can cause irritation.
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water and gently pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Follow up exfoliating with a hydrating moisturiser to help retain moisture and soothe the skin.

However, it is always recommended to follow the specific instructions and directions provided on your exfoliator product for the best results.                                                                                                                                                       How  to use a face scrub.

Using a face scrub is another great way to exfoliate and invigorate your skin. Face scrubs are typically harsher than exfoliators, so be careful not to use them too often or in excess. To use a face scrub, simply wash the face and apply a thin layer of face scrub to the skin. Next, massage it into the skin using circular motions and wash off with lukewarm water.

Daily exfoliation is the key to boosting cell turnover for smoother, brighter skin. Healthy-looking skin requires a combination of chemical exfoliation, physical exfoliation, and enzymatic exfoliation When it comes to exfoliation, you may be asking yourself one simple question: Do I really have to exfoliate every day? Or, even more...

The Importance of Exfoliation

Daily exfoliation is the key to boosting cell turnover for smoother, brighter skin.

Healthy-looking skin requires a combination of chemical exfoliation, physical exfoliation, and enzymatic exfoliation

When it comes to exfoliation, you may be asking yourself one simple question: Do I really have to exfoliate every day? Or, even more to the point, should I exfoliate every day? 

what is exfoliation?

The skin is constantly generating new cells at the lower dermis level to replace dead skin cells on the upper layer, otherwise known as the epidermis. As we age, our cell turnover process slows down and cells gather unevenly on the skin’s surface, which leads to dull skin, dry skin, rough skin, and an overall lackluster appearance.   Exfoliating every day helps to remove dead skin cells, revealing the fresh, young cells below. Powder-based exfoliation, like Daily Milkfoliant, is one way to exfoliate the skin on your face and body. You can use this combination of physical, chemical, and enzymatic exfoliants every day because when activated by water, the oat-based, ultra-fine particles quickly dissolve into a creamy, frothy lather that smooths and soothes all skin.

so, do I need to exfoliate every day?

The short answer? Yes. Daily exfoliation is essential for smooth, healthy-looking skin but using the wrong exfoliant can cause:

  • Irritation, Increased sensitivity, Breakouts, Dry, dehydrated flaky skin

what exfoliant should I use daily?  Daily Milkfoliant is the peaceful way to exfoliate every day. This calming vegan exfoliating powder polishes skin while supporting the moisture barrier for healthier-looking skin. It contains Oat and Coconut, which activate upon contact with water and release botanical extracts rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). This helps polish away dead skin cells and removes dulling surface debris for a more even skin tone and texture.

When it comes to finding a gentle exfoliant, look no further. Daily Milkfoliant contains active ingredients that work together to polish your skin to perfection. Along with Oat and Coconut, you’ll find the following ingredients that help nourish the skin and replenish the moisture barrier for more hydrated, healthy-looking skin:

  • Essential minerals
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Saccharide and Atomized Sea Salt.

Exfoliation is especially helpful to those with oily skin. In addition to smoothing, improving skin tone and enhancing skin's receptiveness of oil-controlling ingredients, exfoliation helps rid oily skin of dulling skin cells to help keep skin clear.

Exfoliation delivers a tighter, firmer, smoother look and feel of skin. Because of this result, many fall into the trap of over-exfoliation: an over-zealous approach that can actually reduce skin’s vitality and make it more susceptible to damage from UV light.

Over-exfoliation triggers the inflammatory response, leading to a compromised lipid barrier that won’t function properly, a sensitized skin condition, and accelerated premature aging.

Tell-tale signs of over-exfoliated skin include: 

  • noticeable dehydration
  • patchy areas of dryness
  • skin tautness
  • redness and itchiness
  • increased sensitivity
  • inflammatory acne and irritation

After skin recovery, begin exfoliating with a gentle exfoliant designed for daily use. If you desire a more intense level of exfoliation, look to non-abrasive exfoliants containing chemicals like Salicylic or Lactic Acid. .

What is Activated Charcoal, and why is it so effective in skin care? This powerful detoxifying ingredient is much more than it seems. Unlike the Charcoal typically found in a grill, Activated Charcoal is a carbonised, mineral-rich material that can adsorb more than 1,000 times its weight in positively-charged compounds.

We use Activated Binchotan Charcoal in our Daily Superfoliant.   Daily Superfoliant is a highly-active resurfacer, delivering your smoothest skin whilst helping to fight environmental triggers that are known to accelerate skin ageing. Activating upon contact with water, it purifies the skin and absorbs toxins from deep within pores. It also contains skin-smoothing AHAs, Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit Extract to guard against the effects of pollution. 

 

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