Physical Exfoliation vs. Enzymatic Resurfacing with ELEMIS

Posted by Michele Higginson on

From cleansers to toners to eye creams, there’s a lot of skincare products to keep track of. Even the most seasoned skincare lover may mix up their routine every once in a while. Physical exfoliants and enzymatic resurfacers are two types of products that are commonly confused, so we made this handy guide to help you understand the difference.

Physical exfoliants

Physical exfoliants work from the top down by removing the outer layer of the stratum corneum—AKA outer layer of the skin—to physically lift away dead cells from the surface. These physical favorites are usually formulated with skin-smoothing particles.

Gentle enough for daily use, Superfood Blackcurrent Jelly Exfoliator is jam-packed with antioxidant-rich fruit extracts that leave your complexion looking smooth, soft and hydrated. For a deeper cleanse, use Skin Buff 1-2 times a week to reenergize dull skin while revealing a brighter, more vibrant look.

Enzymatic resurfacing

The enzymatic resurfacers featured in our Dynamic Resurfacing range are much different than physical exfoliants. Powered by a potent trio of enzymes, these advanced formulas break down the protein bonds between the layers of skin to remove dry, dead cells while also encouraging natural cell renewal, for a renewed and rejuvenated complexion.

Perfect for AM & PM use, Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads reveal baby-smooth skin in one swipe. Another favorite? Dynamic Resurfacing Gel Mask. Add this to your once-a-week routine for a smooth radiance in just 10 minutes.

So, you may be wondering which option is better for you. It really depends on preference and skin concerns, but we suggest incorporating both types into your routine—just start with alternating the treatments on different days to allow your skin to adjust to your new routine. And don’t forget to apply SPF every morning!


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