We all know we are supposed to cleanse morning and night and exfoliate weekly but when asked, few people really know what they are using, how and why. The main differences between cleansers and exfoliators are their purposes, ingredients and frequency of use. Read on to better understand the differences between cleansers and exfoliators, as well as when and how to use them.
In general, cleansers are intended to remove makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities from the skin. An exfoliator’s main function is to exfoliate and remove dulling dead skin cells. We use exfoliators to reveal the newer, brighter, healthier skin, and stimulate cell turnover. However, the best cleansers and exfoliators will do far more than this.
Don’t underestimate cleansers and exfoliators. Even though they get washed off and have little “contact” time with the skin, quality cleansers and exfoliators will help promote youthful, clear skin while poor quality cleanser and exfoliators can actually make skin look worse. It is important to choose and use wisely. In addition, both products are a must for anyone using serums and moisturizers as they pave the way for these products to work their best!
Pevonia’s Phyto-Gel Cleanser achieves multiple purposes as it deeply cleanses while it refrains from using drying sulfates. It also contains plant extracts like rosemary, pine, lemon, basil, and burdock which unite to hydrate, balance, promote even skin tone, prevent aging as well as combat bacteria and free radicals.
Exfoliators are physical exfoliants in that they contain granules that actually polish and buff away dead skin cells. Some exfoliators contain cleansing agents as well, performing double duty. The trick is to exfoliate without being too abrasive and causing irritation or inflammation. Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser accomplishes all three functions (and more!) making it a great way to save time and face!
Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser exfoliates plus deeply cleanses to prevent pores from getting clogged and contains soothing, brightening ingredients, which truly sets it apart from the majority of other scrubs. It reduces redness or sensitivity via allantoin, chamomile, calendula, horse chestnut, and French Rose essential oil, which make it great for sensitive skin types and rosacea sufferers. It also brightens via its exfoliating action and natural citric acid.
When to Use Which
Cleansers and exfoliators are a vital first step in your regimen. Cleansing morning and evening every day is always recommended, whereas most exfoliators are used anywhere from 2-4 times a week. Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is not “most scrubs” as it is gentle enough that it can be used daily. However, ideally those with dry, sensitive or mature, thin skin will use it once to twice a week whereas those with thicker, oilier skin can use it successfully 3-4 times per week.
Tips For How to Use Cleansers and Exfoliators
- Choose wisely! Use products with gentle, effective and safe ingredients. This means no sulfates, mineral oil, rough nutshells, which are unkind to the skin and no plastic, polyethylene or silica beads, which are unkind to sea life.
- Just a dab will do it! Use Pevonia’s Phyto-Gel Cleanser like a sulfate-free shampoo! Just take a small pea-sized amount, add water and rub your palms together to create a lather, then apply to your skin.
- Easy Does it! Use your products gently. This means no hot water, scrubbing pads, aggressive scrubbing, or downward movements. Let the products do their jobs. Light pressure and warm water is all you need!
- Up and Out! Remember to use upward and outward circular movements to encourage a youthful appearance.
- Hit the Shower! Scrubbing in the shower makes it easier to remove all the granules as well as encourage you to cleanse your neck and chest too.
- Don’t Forget! Designate specific exfoliation days to make sure you remember to exfoliate. For dry, sensitive skin types exfoliate Monday and Thursday. For combination, oilier skin types, scrub Monday, Wednesday and Friday.