Exfoliation is a crucial step in the skin care routine. Dead skin piles on the skin. This causes your face to lose moisture and appear dull. Failing to exfoliate will make your skincare less effective. This is because your skin care products will simply lay on top of the dead skin cells. That is why exfoliation is key! Buffing away dead skin allows skincare product to properly seep in. Physical and chemical exfoliators serve the same purpose but which method is best? We answer everything you need to know about exfoliating! Keep reading to find the right method for you.


Korean skin care is so effective because of the layering method. Each step and layer of skin care is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the next layer. Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells. Dead skin clogs the skin. And exfoliating uncovers fresh new cells below. When exfoliating, you cleanse the pores and remove dead skin from the face. Once you exfoliate, the new, fresh skin below is uncovered. Exfoliating allows your serums and creams to actually seep into the skin and repair it. And it allows each of your skin care products to work more effectively and produce better results. You must exfoliate to get the most out of your skin care products.  


The ultimate reward for exfoliating is achieving your brightest inner glow. Exfoliating illuminates and smoothes the skin. Leaving your skin looking and feeling flawless. This natural glow adds life and youth to the skin. Not only does exfoliating make your skin care work better but also allows your makeup to apply more evenly.


Physical Exfoliation


What is physical exfoliation?

A physical exfoliant is any product that manually scrubs the skin, typically utilizing small grains or brushes. The grains or brushes mechanically rub off the dead skin, revealing the new cells below.  

What are the benefits of physical exfoliators?

Physical exfoliators tend to produce instant results. After rinsing you will immediately notice your skin is brighter and smoother. Additionally, the massaging action also stimulates circulation so your cheeks look naturally rosy. But according to dermatologist, Dr. Dennis Gross, physical exfoliants are typically not as gentle or effective as chemical exfoliants. 

What skin types should use physical exfoliators?

Dry/Normal/Oily skin can all benefit from physical exfoliators. If you have eczema, a physical exfoliant may help relieve dryness. 

Acne prone skin will become too irritated by the manual process of physical exfoliators. For acne-prone skin, a chemical exfoliant may be a better fit. 

How often should I exfoliate?

Physical exfoliants can be used 1-3x a week. 

Is physical exfoliation safe?

Yes! Simply avoid large exfoliants like fruit pits and nut shells since these can cause micro-tears in the skin. Also, make sure to gently scrub physical exfoliators onto the face. Choose an exfoliant with smooth, round granules to avoid tearing the skin. Klairs Youthful Glow Sugar Mask is a non-abrasive exfoliator that will reveal your glow without causing damage. 

The Klairs Youthful Glow Sugar Mask uses tiny sucrose granules to buff away dead skin to even out and brighten the face. It also contains Grapefruit Extract, Raspberry Seed Oil, and Shea Butter to hydrate and soothe the skin. This product can be used as a scrub, mask, or cleansing balm.

Chemical Exfoliation 


What is chemical exfoliation?

“Chemical exfoliation works by loosening the bonds between cells with acids or enzymes,” says Garnier consulting dermatologist, Dr. Diane Madfes. “The acids work by breaking down the sugars in the skin, which then causes the cells of the epidermis to loosen and slough off.”

What are the benefits of chemical exfoliators?

The Korean Beauty community uses peels, chemical exfoliants, to reveal the skins’ inner glow. Chemical exfoliators are less abrasive and tend to cause less irritation. And they are more powerful and tend to achieve long term results. 

What skin types should use chemical exfoliators?

Dry/Normal/Oily skin can all benefit from chemical exfoliators. Chemical exfoliators are great for acne prone skin as well. 

A chemical exfoliator may be too harsh for sensitive and/or very dry skin. Seek a health care professional for extremely dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

How often should I exfoliate?

Use mild chemical exfoliants 1-2x a week. Only use heavy-duty chemical exfoliants on an as-needed basis. 

Is chemical exfoliation safe?

Since chemical exfoliants do not involve rubbing the skin, they are generally safer than many physical exfoliants. Naturally-occuring chemicals are safe to use and will give you excellent results. Dr.G’s Brightening Peeling Gel is a mild chemical exfoliator formulated with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as honey, black willow, and hollyhock flower extracts to soothe the skin.

Dr.G’s Brightening Peeling Gel uses natural cellulose to gently remove dead skin cells and impurities so you can see smoother skin right away. It contains Vitamins C and E to fight dullness while keeping your skin hydrated. Peeling gels are huge in Korean Beauty due to their brightening effects and long term results!