Not sure which type of exfoliant is the best for your skin? Try this little cheat sheet!
1. Lactic acid is great for dry skin! Exfoliates tend to dry out the skin more, but lactic acid is derived from nourishing milk. It can help to keep the skin moisturized and feeling less dry.
2. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid, which means it penetrates not only the top dead layer of skin, but into the dermis layer as well. It can help remove excess oil and unclog the pores, as well as exfoliate dead skin cells and improve texture and tone.
3. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, works by encouraging cell turnover and increasing collagen production, both of which help set damaged skin cells on a healthier course. Retinol makes the skin very sensitive to UV damage so make sure you wear Araya’s UPF 50+ sun visors whenever you are in the sun.
4. PHAs or Polyhydroxy Acid are great for bringing radiance to dull skin. Studies suggest that PHAs can help hydrate skin and boost skin cell regeneration, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Glycolic Acid. Compared to similar exfoliating ingredients, glycolic acids, derived from sugars, are less irritating, especially if you have sensitive skin.
6. Niacinamide reduces inflammation, which is a big contributor in signs of aging. It is made up of molecules that skin cell need to repair damage, propagate, and function normally.
7. Vitamin C application has been shown to impede melanin production, the pigment responsible for skin color. This can help fade dark spots and general dullness that prevent you from getting that dewy glow.
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