EXFOLIATION 101 FOR MEN

Have you added exfoliation to your skincare routine yet? If not, you are likely missing out on a plethora of skin care benefits.  A healthy skincare routine consists of multiple steps, and one of the most important is a facial scrub. It’s not just for purging deep-set impurities, a facial scrub is key to achieving younger and healthier glowing skin.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it turns over skin cells at a rapid rate.  This means there is always a buildup of dead cells clinging to the surface of our skin that can clog pores.  This contributes to larger looking pores, blackheads, acne breakouts, and skin that just doesn’t look healthy.

Exfoliation is the process of physically removing the dead cells to uncover, smoother, younger and healthier looking skin.  There are two types of exfoliation: chemical and physical exfoliation.

Chemical exfoliation uses alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acid, or enzymes from fruits and vegetables to melt away dead surface cells and unclog pores.  Alpha hydroxy acids (also referred to as AHA) are made up of several types of acids, such as glycolic and lactic acids, which are the two most common used in skincare at various percentages and pH levels.  BHA or beta hydroxy acid is the second category of chemical exfoliants.  It is an effective exfoliant that works slightly different than AHAs.  Beta BHA is oil soluble and can melt away dead surface cells as well as unclog the buildup in pores.  BHA is a hero ingredient for people who are prone to acne, blemishes and oily skin. 

Physical exfoliation uses towels, brushes or scrubs to slough off the dead surface cells.  Unlike chemical exfoliants, physical exfoliants can only works on the surface of the skin and do not penetrate below the skin’s surface into our pores.  Scrubs can be formulated from a combination of clays, powders from grains and nuts that come in various sizes.  Urth’s Scrub is formulated with clays that we combine with powders derived from seeds and grains for a gritty but gentle and effective exfoliation treatment.

Which exfoliant is right for men?  There’s no right or wrong answer here.  At Urth, we believe both physical and chemical exfoliants should be a part of a men’s skincare regimen, but it really comes down to preference and skin type.  For those with sensitive skin, a gentle chemical exfoliant might be the best option.  Also, chemical exfoliants doesn’t have to be a your standalone exfoliant.  They can be incorporated into a cleanser, a toner, or a daily moisturizer (such as Urth’s Antioxidant Face Complex).  It’s important to take a gentle, gradual approach to chemical exfoliants.  Start with lower percentages, at less frequency, and then slowly increase the potency.  For all other skin types, we suggest using both types of exfoliants as part of your weekly regimen.  We recommend minimum 2x weekly. 

Here are some key benefits of exfoliations:

  • Improves texture
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Minimizes pores, fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimizes skin congestion, blackheads, and whiteheads
  • Minimizes acne and blemishes 
  • Helps reduce ingrown hairs on the beard
  • Improves product absorption of serums and moisturizers