THE ART OF STARTING FRESH
Uneven skin texture, dark spots, visible fine lines and wrinkles… there are numerous skin flaws that can lead to a dull skin tone and tired complexion. Restore radiance in the long-term by integrating the right step into your beauty routine to eliminate dead skin cells that accumulate and prevent skin from breathing.
This is the main concept behind exfoliating, whether it be mechanical – as in the case of a scrub – or chemical – as it is with a peel. But even though these two methods have the same goal of helping your skin get a fresh start, they differ in a variety of ways. From their principle action to the frequency with which they should be used,discover the differences between scrubs and peels, as well as their benefits for your skin.
Scrubs and peels don’t use the same exfoliation process
Scrubs clean the skin thanks to microbeads, whose abrasive action allows to eliminate dead skin cells. We use the term ‘mechanical exfoliation’ because for the abrasive particles to be efficient, they must be gently scrubbed on the skin using slow, circular movements with your fingers and the palm of your hand, or by using an exfoliating brush, over the entire face. The size and quantity of the beads will determine the intensity of the scrub.
Alternatively, a peel will react without rubbing. This exfoliating technique causes the dead skin cells to flake thanks to the active ingredients contained in the formula. The peel will thereby cause the skin to peel and chemically exfoliate the epidermis in order to renew the skin’s outer layers. Peels are most often formulated using AHA (alpha hydroxy acids, often called fruit acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids). Three types of peels exist: superficial, medium or deep. The latter two options are exclusively provided by clinical doctors, whereas a superficial peel can be done at home or in a Beauty Institute.
Peels provide a stronger action than a scrub
Cleansing the skin, facilitating penetration of other skincare products, boosting cellular renewal… such are the benefits of a mechanical scrub. Though a chemical peel possesses the same benefits, it goes deeper than a scrub and also provides an anti-ageing action. A true youth treatment for the skin, a peel, even superficial, allows to minimise the effects of time and to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Scrubs are for habitual use, whereas peels are for one-off needs
Offering an immediate though superficial result, a scrub can be integrated in your beauty routine once or twice a week. This weekly frequency can be adjusted depending on each person’s skin tolerance. While those with dry and sensitive skin should leave enough time between each application, those with mixed or oily skin can use a scrub at more frequent intervals. On the other hand, a peel, which has a longer-term action, should be used as a one to two-week treatment, to be applied in the evening, and renewed once each trimester in order to offer skin a fresh start, for instance, during periods of change in lifestyle. During the treatment, it is best to skip using a scrub and not combine the two types of skincare in order to not overwhelm the skin. In the same respect, the effects of a peel leave the skin more sensitive to UV rays. It is thus recommended that you wear a skincare with SPF and avoid sun exposure during the treatment.
In adhering to its made-to-measure approach, My Blend has thus conceived skincare for each type of exfoliation. The Skin Polishing will provide the benefits of a weekly scrub, whilst the Skin Renewal and its duo of AHA-BHA acids will provide all the benefits of a peel in the form of a treatment, to be used multiple times throughout the year to achieve a complexion that shines with radiance all year long!