Let’s face it...not all facial exfoliators are created equal. It’s also rare that a product can be a one-size-fits-all kinda vibe. TESS is a rare exception; because the device is a facial cleansing device, not just an exfoliator- all skin types can benefit from using it. Though most of us can agree that it feels incredible to slough off that lackluster layer of skin that’s keeping us from shining like the radiant beings we truly are- we gotta know the 411 before tinkering with our delicate facial skin.
Cleansing vs. Exfoliation
One thing that all facial exfoliators have in common is that they’re all removing the gunk of loosened dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. Exfoliating regularly keeps cellular buildup from clogging pores, allows our products to penetrate deeper, and keeps our cellular turnover (the rate at which we create new skin) on point.
There are two main types of facial exfoliation- manual and physical. Combining the different options can prove beneficial for certain skin types. Physical scrubs utilize granules, instead of chemicals, acids, or enzymes, to buff away the skin cells from the top layer of skin.
Chemical exfoliation dissolves the intercellular glue holding the skin cells to the surface, and are then rinsed away. Face scrubs are best for non-reactive skin types without a need of anti-aging proponents. Picking the correct scrub is necessary for the health and well-being of our skin.
Using jagged granules, such as- sugar, salt, ground coffee beans or shells can cause micro tears in the skin. Bacteria can then inhabit the micro tears leading to breakouts. Micro tears can also cause premature aging by compromising the elasticity of the skin.
DIY scrub recipes containing these ingredients are constantly promoted by social media and DIY blogs. Pinterest is great for DIY party decorations, but please leave the integrity of your skin to the pros.
Sustainability and stewardship has been an issue in the skincare industry for some time now, and facial exfoliation is no exception. Luckily, the FDA recently got involved and banned microbeads in facial scrubs.
Previously, micro plastics were being raked from seabeds and causing environmental damage to our oceans. The FDA also banned jagged particles, such as the walnut shells found in a well-known company’s best selling product. Though there are regulations, some companies are still shelling out harmful skincare items.
So when is the best way to use a physical exfoliant? It’s recommended to implement physical exfoliation as the third step of your PM routine 3 times a week. Your first cleanse should include an oil, balm, or cream cleanser to remove makeup, SPF and environmental debris.
The second cleanse can include any of the aforementioned, gel or foaming cleanser. After your double cleanse, use a pearl size of physical exfoliator in circular motions with medium-light pressure avoiding the eye area for one minute. (When using an active-ingredient cleanser, such as an AHA or BHA, a physical exfoliation isn’t necessary.)
Though facial exfoliation is crucial in overall skin health, over exfoliating has been proven harmful, as well. Over exfoliation can cause excessive drying of the skin, scaring, pigmentation, and even breakouts. Do not use a physical exfoliation within 2 days of a chemical exfoliation- including retinols, acids or chemical treatments, as our skin will be too sensitized.
Can you use TESS in your weekly routine if you use a physical exfoliation? YES!
Since TESS is not just a facial exfoliator, but a facial CLEANSING device, we can use it in our PM routines with our second cleanse. This would be on the nights without physical or chemical exfoliation.
If you are using a manual exfoliation for the recommended three times a week, without a chemical exfoliation, use TESS on the nights in between. Do not use TESS within 2 days of chemical exfoliation. If you experience sensitivity or are unsure about your products coinciding with using TESS, please consult with us.