Cruelty-Free Beauty & The Importance of Exfoliation

Cruelty-Free Beauty & The Importance of Exfoliation

There is no other way to put it – consistent exfoliation helps to keep your skin silky soft and smooth by buffing away and removing dead skin cells.

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Did you know that your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 30 days or so? When this happens, new skin cells form the top layers of your skin. If those dead cells do not shed, it can result in dull, dry and flaky patches, that take away your glow.

Exfoliating helps speed up that process by removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. You can exfoliate your skin by using a purpose-made chemical or granular exfoliating product or an exfoliation tool such as a pumice stone, exfoliating shower puff or an electric cleansing/exfoliating brush.

Physical vs. Chemical Exfoliators

Physical exfoliators are grainy-textured masks or manual scrubs that massage the skin, whereas chemical exfoliators dissolve skin debris through safe acids and chemicals. Depending on your skin type, you may want to choose between using a physical exfoliator or a chemical exfoliator.

Fall/Winter Recommendations

Normal/Combination Skin

Normal to combination skin can be dry in some places and oily in others. The skin can also be dependent on the season, becoming drier in the winter, and more oily in the summer. You can generally use higher level, finer scrubs that provide deeper exfoliation on this skin type, switching between various acids and physical scrubs.

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Try the AGUA Botanical Clay Mask from Hello Sunday skincare, a Vancouver-based, vegan and cruelty-free brand. Made with BC marine clay, spirulina, and aloe vera, it will calm your skin while getting rid of dead skin and oils and exposing a smooth and bright complexion.

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For a chemical exfoliant, the Huna skincare Clarify exfoliate fruit extract face toner is an effective 2-in-1 product that tones and exfoliates your skin.

Oily Skin

Oily skin requires regular exfoliation to ensure the skin does not produce pimples, blackheads, and clogged pores. While chemical exfoliators are good for this skin type, physical exfoliators can work best at stripping away unwanted oils along with dead skin.
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The ancient mud facial mask from Cocoon Apothecary is a great option for those with oily skin, made with Dead Sea mud and Canadian glacial clay that deeply exfoliates and nourishes. Pair this with any of the other chemical exfoliants mentioned, or a salicylic-acid-based product 2-3 times per week.

Dry Skin

Dry skin can often require the most exfoliation compared to other skin types. Dead skin cells will undoubtedly cause pores to clog more quickly, while also inhibiting skin care products from effectively penetrating the skin. Dry skin can easily look dull and become flaky, so it requires more diligence and commitment, though it does not necessarily mean it requires harsh scrubs. Use a physical exfoliator during cleansing and interchange with a chemical exfoliator 3-4 times per week. For physical exfoliators, use a gentle skin brush, sponge, or washcloth.

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Two great options from brands we love are the Empyri hemp washcloth or the Ember Wellness Konjac sponge, which can be made rougher or softer by adding water. For chemical exfoliators, try the best-selling Aveda botanical kinetics exfoliant. 

 

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Sensitive Skin

Having sensitive skin does not mean you can skip out on exfoliating. However, instead of aggressively scrubbing your skin (which no one should do no matter their skin type), go in which a chemical exfoliator like lactic acid. This acid gently exfoliates and contains hydrating properties. Do this once a week and follow up with a moisturizer.

The Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum is one of the best-selling products of its kind on the market, and it is also vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. 

Why is Exfoliation Important?

What makes for a successful skincare routine is balance, and using the right products. When it comes to achieving healthy, glowing skin, there are no do-all, work-for-everyone products. Though there are specific compounds, serums, and acids that help address specific skin concerns, it is usually a process of trial and error before finding what combinations work the best for your skin. Exfoliation, on the other hand, is something those with all skin types can and should incorporate into their skincare routines at different levels.

Dead skin, if left on the face, leads to clogged pores with oil that has nowhere to escape. This buildup leads to breakouts and blackheads that lead to frustration. Exfoliating the skin regularly helps to prevent the build-up of dead skin and increase cell turnover so that your skin is always regenerating and revealing a new radiant complexion, not to mention it stimulates collagen production!

Author Profile

Giovanna Lazzarini, Jr Lifestyle Editor
Giovanna Lazzarini, Jr Lifestyle Editor
Vancouver-based writer, Gio finds her passion in the areas of fashion, content creation and marketing. She strives to promote a clean, conscious, and active lifestyle through her work. As she gains experience in the areas of fashion and marketing, Gio seeks to foster relationships with brands that have strong values and offer high-quality products.
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