Exfoliating is the key to soft, smooth and radiant skin.
For glowing skin, choose an exfoliator that works well for your skin type so that you can get your glow on without irritating or drying your skin out.
STYLE STORY explores the best in Korean Beauty for each of the skin types:
To combat dry skin, choose an exfoliating product that hydrates and removes dead skin at the same time.
For a manual exfoliant, STYLE STORY loves Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask. For a chemical exfoliant try COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, which includes apple water to relax pores, reduce whiteheads and clear away old dead skin cells.
Be sure to follow with a hydrating serum and moisturiser, preferably one containing hyaluronic acid to help lock in hydration.
Acne-prone skin is best served avoiding physical scrubs and manual exfoliants. Not only are they harsh on already sensitive skin, they can cause the spread of bacteria and active breakouts to burst.
Instead, look for products containing BHAs.
STYLE STORY loves COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, which works with your skin to soften and clear it over time. It also provides skin brightening benefits for a more even skin tone.
Aim to exfoliate no more than once a week to avoid over-exfoliation, as this will only exacerbate problems for acne-prone skin.
Those of you blessed with normal skin types can rejoice, as nearly all exfoliating products play nicely with normal skin. In addition to manual and chemical exfoliants, normal skin also works well with fruit acids.
STYLE STORY loves Son & Park Beauty Water, containing natural fruit acids like papaya extract.
Mizon’s AHA 8% Peeling Serum is another great option, which works to gently but effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and minimise pigmentation. It is perfect for smoothing and brightening skin.
If you have an oily t-zone with a dry forehead and cheeks, opt for a combined AHA and BHA to eliminate unwanted dry skin while also treating oily areas.
Exfoliating oily skin requires a delicate balancing act as it’s important not to dry it out. If oily skin is dried out, it will only create more oil, which is the opposite of what this skin type needs.
Instead, it’s important to target the root causes of oily skin while maintaining the correct level of hydration.
Sensitive skin requires the most caution when it comes to exfoliants.
Manual exfoliants are usually out of the question for this skin type as they are over-stimulating and can damage sensitive skin.
Caution is also required with chemical exfoliants as they can cause sensitive skin to dry out.
The best option is a PHA (“Poly Hydroxy Acid“) which is gentler than a regular acid. PHAs are effective in eliminating dead skin cells and smoothing skin texture.
They are the perfect solution for those who do not respond well to AHAs and BHAs.
Try COSRX PHA Moisture Renewal Cream for a light, gentle moisturising exfoliant that’s made for sensitive skin.