Polishes, Enzymes, and Exfoliation. What's the Difference?

Polishes, Enzymes, and Exfoliation. What's the Difference?

Posted by Madeline, clara by Vanguard Aesthetician on on Aug 17th 2023

What is an enzyme and how does it work? Are scrubs okay to use or should I avoid them? Why is exfoliation important for my skin's health?

There are a handful of benefits to chemical and physical exfoliation methods.

Chemical exfoliation includes treatments such as retinoids, glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid, fruit enzymes, etc. These products are usually in the form of a serum, cream, or liquid solution that is applied topically and left anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight depending on skin tolerance.

They are used, in essence, to loosen the glue that holds the surface skin cells together and allows them to slough off and reveal brighter, more youthful looking skin. They can also penetrate the skin deeper and stimulate collagen, provide oil control, and in some cases, lighten sun damage.

Physical exfoliants, such as scrubs, are a mechanical tool you gently rub on the skin to slough off excess dead skin giving a polished look and feel. Some physical exfoliants should be avoided if they are too harsh on the skin. Scrubs with ingredients such as apricot or walnut pits have jagged edges that can cause micro-tears in the skin causing inflammation and breaking down collagen. It is ideal to use a gentler product such as a powder scrub that will simply lift away dead skin without injuries!

Both physical and chemical exfoliants provide many benefits to the overall health of the skin.

The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask by Revision Skincare is the perfect example of a well-balanced chemical AND physical exfoliant! Here are the key benefits to the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask:

1. Pumpkin has a natural enzyme that works to break down dead skin.

2. Pumpkin is a potent antioxidant chock full of vitamin c and is very brightening for pigmentation and provides a luminous glow.

3. It is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.

4. Finely ground cocoa and pumpkin powders slough away surface dirt and dead skin cells.

5. Gold Brazilian clay absorbs excess oils and draws out toxins.

A product like this is typically good for most skin sensitivities and can be used anywhere from once a week to 3 times a week. To achieve the best results, apply a pea size amount of the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask and massage into the skin for a few minutes. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes then rinse with water and apply moisturizer.

Clara by Vanguard offers the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask at and at our Briargate location during the fall season. To learn more about the exfoliaion options best suited to you and your skin, schedule a complimentary skin consultation by calling 719-579-5555.