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Three Types of Exfoliators and What They Do

Exfoliation is more than a mere skincare ritual. It’s a transformation that unveils the canvas of luminous, youthful allure hidden beneath the surface. It’s a journey through enchanted realms of skin revitalization, where the old is shed, making way for the new, radiant, and vivacious essence of your skin to shine forth.

Read on to learn more about the types of exfoliators and how you can come alongside the ancient wisdom of Mother Nature to nourish and nurture your skin.

Why Is Exfoliating Important? 

Exfoliation is the key that unlocks the gateway to skin that dances in the light, a seamless blend of smoothness, uniformity, and rejuvenation, echoing the whispers of timeless beauty and youthful vigor. 

In the normal course of the skin’s life cycle, dead skin cells can build up on the surface of the skin. This can cause the skin to appear dry and flaky, and it can even interfere with its ability to absorb the products you apply.

Exfoliators aim to remove this layer of dead skin cell buildup, sloughing it away to reveal the fresher, more vibrant-looking layers of your skin. Exfoliation helps to banish the shadows of dullness and fatigue, gifting your skin the essence of life and luminosity.

It can also help smooth the appearance of visible signs of aging, keeping the skin looking youthful for longer. Finally, regular exfoliation can help keep the skin clear of debris and build-up, helping to minimize the appearance of breakouts and support a natural, sunkissed glow.

What Are the Types of Exfoliators?

Exfoliation is not merely an element in your skincare regimen — it’s one of the keys to achieving luscious, radiant skin. In this realm, three primary options emerge: physical, chemical, and enzyme exfoliators. Each has its own way of supporting the skin, and choosing the right one is important to experience the benefits without worrying about an adverse reaction.

Physical Exfoliators

Physical exfoliators use minute, crystalline particles on the surface of the skin to get that smooth final appearance. Also called mechanical exfoliators, these products physically scrub away the dead skin cell buildup.

In the realm of physical exfoliators, it’s very important to take care. Physical exfoliators can often feature particles that are too large, causing damage, redness, and sensitivity and even leading to microabrasions on the surface of the skin. 

When choosing a physical exfoliator, it’s important to choose a formula that features extremely fine particles that gently buff the skin without causing damage. This helps to softly smooth and brighten the skin while still avoiding the side effects that can come with excessive friction.

Chemical Exfoliators

Chemical exfoliators use the power of science to dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, helping them to be easily sloughed away.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as lactic acid, glycolic acid, and citric acid are popular chemical exfoliators. These ingredients are water-soluble, which means they’re especially good at visually smoothing the surface of the skin.

Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid are also popular. These are oil-soluble, which means they can go deeper into the pores to help tighten their appearance and encourage debris to rise to the surface.

While powerful, these ingredients should be used carefully. They can cause heightened sensitivity to the light of the sun, so it’s important to wear your daily SPF after using a chemical exfoliator.

Enzyme Exfoliators

These refined products are bestowed with the essence of natural enzymes from the fruits like papaya and pineapple. 

Those with sensitive skin may enjoy enzyme exfoliators, as they tend to be more gentle than physical and chemical exfoliators. They gently smooth and buff the appearance of the skin without leaving behind redness, contributing to a luxurious and youthful glow.

What Should You Consider When Exfoliating? 

When you invite exfoliation into your skincare ritual, it is essential to tread softly, choosing the method that aligns with the needs of your skin. If you over-exfoliate, whether by exfoliating too often or using too many exfoliators in one routine, it can cause dryness, redness, and sensitivity.

Pay close attention to the instructions and best practices for your chosen product, and keep a watchful eye on how your skin reacts when you first get started. And remember to always apply your sunscreen, whether or not you’ll be getting direct exposure.

Introducing the Triple Active Exfoliator

If you want to enjoy the smoothing benefits of physical, chemical, and enzyme exfoliators, you’ve found what you’re looking for. Our Triple Active Exfoliator features plant enzymes to gently loosen the bonds between dead skin cells, while plant-based PHAs and AHAs derived from sources like sugar beets and sugar cane help dissolve dead skin cells.

Then, our mix of finely ground olives and perlite from Mt. Etna helps to softly buff away the dead skin cells, leaving the skin refreshed, rejuvenated, and resurfaced. This triple exfoliation is complemented by our triple olive formula, which features organic, wild-foraged olive oil to soothe and moisturize the skin and olive leaf water to purify and nourish the skin.

You can follow this exfoliator with our Nightly Renewal Cream, a luxurious concoction that utilizes our Circadian Rhythm Complex and Triple Enzyme Technology to nourish the skin as it repairs itself during your nightly slumber.

In the morning, our Replenishing Balm uses ingredients like wild organic carrot, wild organic dandelion, and spirulina to help lock in moisture and nourish the newly revealed skin. After all, exfoliating isn’t simply about one step in your skincare routine — it’s about building an entire routine that nourishes your skin with regenerative ingredients.

The Bottom Line

The journey to radiant, awakened skin requires careful selection and embrace of the right exfoliators. Whether you’re drawn to the transformative nature of chemical exfoliators or the gentle touch of enzyme exfoliators, each method has its own benefits and uses. And in the case of our Triple Active Exfoliator, you can have the benefits of all three in one richly nourishing product.

The goal is to enhance and elevate, to highlight the innate beauty of your skin. To do this, make sure you follow the instructions carefully and always consider the needs of your skin. 

With Furtuna Skin, each new product is part of this journey. With formulas crafted to combine the latest in skincare science with the raw, ancient power of nature’s botanical treasures, we’re here to support your skin in every step of your routine. To learn more about the power of regenerative skincare, check out our blog.


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Beta Hydroxy Acids | FDA 

Digestive Enzymes and Digestive Enzyme Supplements | Johns Hopkins Medicine 

How to test skin care products | American Academy of Dermatology Association


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