It’s very tricky to take care of sensitive skin. Many times the skin care products that you use on your sensitive skin cause it to end up looking and feeling worse than it did before – frustrating all your attempts to improve your skin complexion. If you have sensitive skin, you need to be careful about what product you put on your face, and also be gentle while using it. It’s particularly so, when it comes to exfoliating sensitive skin. Don’t worry. We have compiled a guide about how to exfoliate sensitive skin and also have selected carefully the best gentle exfoliators for sensitive skin.
Exfoliation Process And It’s Benefits
It’s the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, which otherwise can make your skin look dull and warn out. Exfoliation can be done in two ways: (i) mechanically or (ii) chemically. Whereas mechanical exfoliation entails physically scrubbing the skin’s surface with a scrub or dry brush, the chemical exfoliation requires the use of salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, or enzymes to chemically break down the surface buildup.
How TO EXFOLIATE SENSITIVE SKIN?
First step is to choose the right exfoliating product for sensitive skin. As per the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), fragrances, soap, and alcohol can all be potential irritants for sensitive skin, so our recommendation is to steer clear of such skin care products.
Now the second important tip in exfoliating sensitive skin is which type of exfoliant to use on sensitive skin. According to the AAD, mechanical exfoliation – i.e. using a facial scrub – may be too irritating for this skin type. So, we suggest that you consider a mild chemical exfoliator or simply use a washcloth instead. Irrespective of what type of exfoliator you use on your sensitive skin, the AAD recommends being gentle.
Third tip is to use small, circular motions while exfoliating, then rinse off with lukewarm water because hot water can strip your skin of essential oils.
Caution: When you have sensitive skin, it’s very important to closely watch how your skin responds after exfoliating so that you can find out what works best for you.
Our List Of Good Exfoliators For Sensitive Skin
(i) This exfoliating microdermabrasion product is gentle, yet effective.
(ii) While a gentle fruit acid helps slough off dead skin layer, the Manuka honey cleanses with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and thereby makes your skin feel and look super soft and glowing.
(iii) Harmonious with the PH of the skin at 5.5, so it won’t impair your skin conditions.
(iv) Fragrance Free, Gluten Free, No Mineral Oil, Petroluem, Sulfates or Parabens.
(v) Doesn’t contain sugars, salts or nutshells, which can tear up your skin, cutting it and leaving more dead skin.
(vi) Contains rounded biodegradable micro-beads that are positively charged, thus it works like magnet to pull out the toxins and bacteria from your skin, including pesky dust mite carcasses.
(vii) Can be used on sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc.
Honeydew’s pure facial exfoliating scrub cream is uniquely designed for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. Unlike many facial exfoliators that are made of exfoliating agents too large (which can cause damage) or too small (rendering ineffective), the apricot exfoliating agents are appropriately sized and measured to provide maximum effectiveness for gentle yet effective exfoliation.
This facial treatment has a creamy and rich texture. The moisturizing and cleansing natural base is enhanced with therapeutic-grade jojoba and almond oil.
(i) Good for sensitive skin and all skin types including oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and mature skin.
(ii) Formulated as all-natural brightening pure facial scrub, this exfoliating cream is made with hypoallergenic ingredients and the purest high quality natural botanicals – sulfate free and paraben free.
(iii) Contains 100% natural therapeutic grade apricot, jojoba, & sweet almond oil. Infused with moisturizing and antioxidant agents, including anti-aging skin care vitamins – Vitamin C, antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Chlorine, Magnesium, and Vitamin F.
(iv) Specially formulated with precisely sized and measured apricot shells to ensure mild, gentle, yet effective exfoliation for sensitive skin.
(v) Removes layers of dead skin buildup and dirt to help you achieve natural skin glow and radiance.
(vi) Infuses moisture and deep cleans pores to avert blackheads and white heads. Pure jojoba works to clear pores and works as an emollient to reduce flaking and soften the skin.
(vii) Helps prevent and minimize enlarged pores and regulate sebum levels to reduce acne breakouts.
A gentle and effective exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, and is good for sensitive skin. Restores and heals, thereby provides radiant look. Made of natural, organic ingredients including: Aloe Vera – moisturizes the skin and boosts healing; Manuka honey – balances the skin’s pH, detoxifies, stimulates healing and boosts the skin’s immune system; Walnut – dislodges dirt and dead skin cells; Sugar Cane – boosts the effectiveness of the walnut; Vitamin C – potent antioxidant that fights damaging free radicals and prevents premature aging.
(i) Helps exfoliate dull/dead skin cells, gets rid of stubborn blackheads, cleanses and minimizes pores, and moisturizes to the base of your skin.
(ii) Unlike most exfoliators, it doesn’t damage skin. This microdermabrasion sugar scrub gently loosens and sloughs off dirt, grime and dull skin while nourishing your skin cells – leaving behind healthy, beautiful skin and get a softer, more youthful complexion in minutes.
(iii) Gets rid of daily build-up so your face can heal and look radiant again. Helps gently polish away damaged skin, blackheads, stretch marks and moreover is a powerful acne scar treatment. Safer than a chemical peel.
(iv) Works as a luxurious 2 in 1 facial treatment. Leave it on in order to use it as a facial mask to balance your skin tone, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and age spots. Gets absorbed into your skin easily, so the vitamin and mineral healing agents act to restore and protect your skin.
(v) It’s paraben free, alcohol free and non-toxic. Contains highest quality skin care products such as organic Aloe Vera, Manuka Honey, Walnut and powerful Vitamin C to protect your skin from damaging free radicals and premature aging – so a 2 in 1 product that works as a simple exfoliating scrub and an anti aging mask as well.
Say goodbye to exfoliators that make your skin dry! AHC Gommage has amazingly soft texture and smoothly sloughs off dead skin, leaving light glow on the skin right away. Restores a youthful appearance to wrinkly, rough and damaged skin. Made in Korea. FDA Approved.
(i) Perfect choice for those who prefer gel as an exfoliator than a gritty product. AHC effectively, gently, and thoroughly exfoliates all the dead skin cells away, leaving your skin smooth, clean, soft and ready for your other topical skin care products.
(ii) Unlike many masks that leave your skin red and raw, this anti aging mask exfoliates without leaving behind redness and your foundation goes on much smoother and looks more radiant!
(iii) Simply apply this as a paste to your skin, let it dry slightly while its gentle enzymes digest dead skin cells on the surface, and then rub it off – you will see that it has taken away the dead skin cells with it.
Try this gentle daily detox to pamper your skin for getting a SPA like refreshing feel. In one time-saving step sloughs-off your dead skin cells to reveal fresh, radiant skin beneath – without upsetting your skin’s natural moisture balance. Ideal for all skin types, it’s naturally rich in antioxidants that will save your skin from the damaging effect of free radicals.
(i) Green Tea Matcha Scrub is uniquely designed to exfoliate and cleanse your face, while reducing fine lines, minimizing pores, and removing blackheads to reveal a softer, healthier complexion.
(ii) This advanced purifying face cleanser is extra gentle and can be used everyday, morning and night. Can be used on all skin types: Dry, Sensitive, Combination, Oily (ideal for all skin types). Acts as a gentle foaming cleanser that helps avert acne breakouts, prevents blackheads, and minimizes acne scars. An ultimate exfoliating cleanser that will make your skin silky smooth and remove all impurities.
(iii) A hydrating & refreshing scrub to help you sloughs-off the dead skin cells, revealing fresh, radiant skin beneath, without disturbing your skin’s natural moisture and pH balance. It will help brighten, lighten & even out your skin tone.
(iv) Unlike most exfoliators that tear and damage your skin, this exfoliator contains gentle eco-friendly silica microbeads that on one hand won’t damage your skin and on the other hand they gently loosens dirt, grime and dull skin while also nourishing your cells, leaving healthy, beautiful skin.
(v) Activates surface cell regeneration for softer, smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin. Moreover it is rich in natural antioxidants, which protects the skin from damaging effects of free radicals, speeds up healing process of wounds and eliminates scars and spots of acne and age.
This facial scrub contains powerful antioxidants & vitamins A, C & E that help fade away wrinkles & dark spots. It’s chockfull of vitamin C to stimulate collagen production, even out skin tone and protect the skin from damaging free radicals. The presence of anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera and powerful antioxidants help fight against signs of aging.
(i) Derma-nu’s Oxygen Facial Scrub is great for all skin types including those who have sensitivities.
(ii) Loaded with natural and organic ingredients and packed full of powerful antioxidants for anti aging skin renewal. The presence of antioxidants in this super-fruit facial scrub helps to fight free radicals to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging such as dark spots.
(iii) This skin brightening exfoliant gently exfoliates away dry and dead skin without causing any irritation. Contains Jojoba beads help to get rid of dry skin cells resulting in brighter, younger looking skin. While the presence of detoxifying berries nourish the newly exfoliated skin, the pomegranate, dandelion & rhubarb provide rejuvenating bioflavonoids. The outcome: A radiant skin full of youth!
(iv) This power-packed exfoliating product not only gently sloughs off dead skin to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, but also prevents occurrence of blemishes. Perfect acne treatment, blackhead remover and anti aging skin treatment.
(v) Can be used on all skin types, including sensitive, dry, oily or acne prone skin. Unlike many other harsh exfoliating products that can damage the skin, this facial scrub is gentle and will leave skin soft and smooth.
(vi) Paraben free, Non-Comedogenic – All natural & 70% Organic – Made in USA.
Now we end this post with this natural beauty tip: Remember even someone with sensitive skin needs to exfoliate regularly, just be sure that you do so gently and just once – not more than twice a week. Apply a soothing, moisturizing serum or moisturizer after exfoliating.