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Do You Need a Physical Exfoliator?

By Rebecca Dancer

Do you need a physical exfoliator? The short answer: yes.

Sloughing off the natural buildup of dead cells, excess oil, and debris from the surface of your skin is necessary for so many important reasons—not least of which because it makes way for the active ingredients in your skincare products to penetrate on a deeper level. Moreover, leaving this accumulation on your complexion for too long can potentially clog pores, lead to breakouts down the road, and make skin appear dry and dull. This is where exfoliation comes in, and why it is an essential component of any proper skincare routine, regardless of skin type. 

Generally speaking, there are two ways to exfoliate: chemical and physical. The former relies on acids such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) which are found in the Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner, and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to remove dead skin cells—chemical and enzymatic exfoliants both work topically to break down the keratin, the glue that holds our dead skin cells together. When it comes to physical, the micro-exfoliants in the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial work to physically break down buildup, polish the surface of the skin, and increase the skin cell turnover rate in the process. Physical exfoliants literally scrub away the accumulation of debris, excess oil, and dead skin cells on the top layer of skin, revealing the smoother, more even-toned, and polished skin cells underneath. It has instant skin-boosting benefits. 

In general, exfoliation also preps your skin for what’s to come, allowing the serum, oil, and moisturizer you apply next to penetrate more effectively, without fighting their way through a layer of buildup.

The results of physical exfoliation are also visibly noticeable right away: the accumulation of gunk on the surface layer of the skin gets sloughed off within minutes—two minutes or less with the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial. It increases blood flow to the skin, resulting in an instant fresh-faced glow. Boom. Instant gratification.

Written by Rebecca Dancer for Youth To The People