Different Types of Exfoliants (and why yours should contain AHAs)

Different Types of Exfoliants (and why yours should contain AHAs)

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Exfoliants are one of the prime ways we can support our skin barrier, helping our skin to rejuvenate and leading to softer and more youthful skin texture. But what are the differences between exfoliants? We are going to break down the different types of exfoliants and why yours should contain AHAs when choosing one over the other. 

What is the difference between AHA and BHA exfoliants?

Our skin naturally exfoliates and rids itself of dead skin cells so it can make room for new cell growth. Yet, our lifestyles, environment, and age can affect just how efficient our cell turnover is which is why incorporating exfoliants into your skincare regimen is so important. There are two types of exfoliants in skincare, AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) and BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acids) which have benefits to each, yet we believe AHAs are a must-have in your daily routine. 

What are AHA Exfoliants?

AHA exfoliants or Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are water soluble chemical exfoliants derived from sugary fruits or lactic acid, and they are non-abrassive exfoliants that can help remove dead skin cells from the surface. AHA exfoliants work to loosen the bonds of dead skin cells which clears the top dermal layers to improve cell turnover and leave skin smoother and softer. 

By clearing away those spent skin cells, your skin can focus on remaining healthy and healing itself from any environmental damage like UV rays, pollution, physical stressors, and more. It also allows for ingredients that can improve skin health to be able to penetrate deeper into the skin to uplift your overall skin health and an even consistent complexion. AHAs typically are exfoliants used to elevate skin appearance as it helps to reduce uneven skin textures, hyperpigmentation and aging spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce enlarged pores. 

What are BHA Exfoliants?

BHA exfoliants (Beta-Hydroxy Acids) are oil-soluable, and tend to penetrate the skin deeper than AHAs but do not work as effectively for exfoliating the surface of the skin. The difference between the two are that BHAs are usually incorporated in products relating to acne as the BHA exfoliants help to clear out pores or hair follicles of debris and excess sebum and are good for overly-oily skin. 

Which Exfoliant is suitable for your skin type?

While both AHA and BHA exfoliants are meant to be a great way to clear up the skin and are rated to be great for even sensitive skin types, each have their own specific uses to address skin concerns. For those that are looking to improve skin complexion, reduce signs of aging, boost cell turnover and collagen production, and overall enhance your skins youthfulness – AHA exfoliants are definitely the way to go. 

One of the most effective AHA exfoliants is Lactic Acid, derived from milk. This specific exfoliant is a common AHA widely known for its significant exfoliation and anti-aging benefits. Lactic acid exfoliates deep but gently and brightens dullness in the skin to leave it looking firmer and more radiant. 

Meet Our New Rejuvenating Mānuka Oil Exfoliant

You might be wondering just why we’ve been talking about the benefits of an exfoliant, and that’s because we are excited to introduce you to the newest addition in the ManukaRx line-up - the Rejuvenating Mānuka Oil Exfoliant!

This AHA exfoliant combines that incredible skin-smoothing effectiveness of lactic acid to clean away those dead skin cells, with the profound anti-aging benefits in rosehip oil and East Cape mānuka oil’s antibacterial superpowers. This exfoliant was scientifically formulated to revive, renew, and rejuvenate your skin as it gently removes dead skin cells and build-up with jojoba beads and lactic acid leaving your skin looking softer, younger, and stronger. 

With rosehip oil, the vitamin-A rich essential oil can penetrate deep and amplify collagen production in skin and assist in elevated skin healing. As we age, collagen production slows and we lose our snappiness in our skin and the youthful glow. Yet, rosehip oil is one of the world’s best natural collagen boosters and improves your skin’s ability to fight the clock and remain looking incredible for longer. And the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant power of East Cape mānuka with protect the skin from free-radicals that harm our skin and increase signs of aging while fortifying it for the future. 

Now you know just how effective a quality AHA exfoliant can be for your skin when combined with the skincare superpowers of East Cape mānuka essential oil. Now all you need to do is experience the magic of our new Rejuvenating Mānuka Oil Exfoliant for yourself!

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