What is the Best Anti-Aging Face Exfoliant?
An exfoliant, or polish as we call it, should instantly make your skin feel silky and smooth. In order to find the right exfoliant for you, you need to understand what types of anti-aging face exfoliants exist and what they should be doing to make you look brighter and younger.
There are two types of exfoliants: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliants range from loofahs to rough washcloths to scrubs with tiny grains or crystals that will rub off dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants are made of enzyme-based ingredients from plants like papaya and pineapple that are capable of dissolving dead skin cells. The emphasis on removing dead skin cells is important because their removal will allow your other skincare products to penetrate the skin better. Not only that, but exfoliating is what stimulates collagen production and skin cell turnover, meaning skin will look taut and fresher with the right exfoliant.
When looking for the best anti-aging face exfoliant, you want to make sure the scrubbers are superfine—it should not feel like sandpaper and should have enough emollient to feel comfortable on your skin. Large mechanical exfoliants can abrade the skin and cause irritation. We recommend avoiding exfoliants with almond or walnut shell powders, as they may contain sharp, uneven particles that are too harsh on facial skin. You also want to make sure that your exfoliant instantly makes your skin feel silky and smooth; if you notice that your skin is drying out, limit your exfoliating to once a week and build up your tolerance from there.
The big question is whether you should use a mechanical or chemical exfoliant for the best anti-aging results, and our answer is to find a combination of both exfoliants. The Lancer Method’s Polish is a combination of mechanical exfoliants quartz and sodium bicarbonate crystals to create the exfoliation that will rub skin cells off while plumping the skin with controlled inflammation, and chemical exfoliants like pumpkin and pomegranate extracts that breakdown peptide bonds in surface cells so dead skin cells can be sloughed off. Your skin will experience a rosy glow due to increased circulation and oxygenation, all thanks to proper exfoliation.
Exfoliation is central to beautiful skin, and once you try The Lancer Method’s Polish and notice that your skin looks younger within a week, you’ll never have to ask yourself this question again.
Dr. Lancer. Younger: The Breakthrough Anti-Aging Method for Radiant Skin. p. 41-44.