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In the same way we dumped diet supplements, ended things with sun-beds (when we realised they were cancerous) and broke the hearts of that bottle of bleach for its role in frazzling our hair, certain face scrubs have had their day too.
For those of you that feel that scratchy feeling and put it down to, ‘oh it’s just the way exfoliators are supposed to feel,’ you were actually onto something (you clever sausages).
Leading London Dermatologist Martin Wade explains ‘Micro beads are found in a variety of exfoliators and cleansers and I would avoid them as you are essentially rubbing your skin with plastic - some of it being the same plastic used to make milk bottles and household containers.’
So abrasive scrubbing can actually scratch your skin's surface (which is particularly bad news if you already have sensitive skin) as well as spreading around bacteria and making skin conditions like acne worse.
That’s not to say exfoliating is bad news. You will naturally build up dead skin which, if not removed, will eventually cause blocked pores, wrinkles and dryness (as well as wasting you hard earned cash as the products you are piling on your skin can’t penetrate properly and get to work since they are busy dodging all the muck).
It might sound more terrifying but chemical exfoliation is much kinder on skin. ‘Chemical exfoliators that contain polyhydroxy acids gently dissolve dead skin layers without the abrasive texture of abrasive scrubs,’ explains Wade. Other big hitters to look out for are glycolic acid and natural enzymes such as pineapple, which are equally kind to skin.
In the same way we got used to life without the sun beds and bleach, it’s time to adapt to this new way of exfoliating. Like most exes – life is better without them.