The different types of scrubs
Often tastes differ, but soft, smooth skin is actually on everyone's wish list. So it's not surprising that peels are booming. And these are now available in a wide variety of forms, from mechanical to fruit acid peelings to enzyme peelings.
How do the different types of peeling work, who are they suitable for and where should a professional go? Let's take a closer look at mechanical, chemical, and enzyme peels.
Mechanical peelings – ideal for the body
The word body Scrub says it already: This type of peeling scrubs dead skin with small abrasive particles away. They consist of sugar, ground coffee beans, fruit stones or - Be careful! - Plastic. Incidentally, you can recognize the latter from information such as “PEG” in the ingredients and is bad in that you are dumping plastic directly into our waters. (You can also recognize plastic in cosmetics from the terms on this Greenpeace list.) So it's better to use the natural variants.
These are completely harmless to use on healthy skin on the body and offer many advantages: They make the skin smooth and soft and promote blood circulation. With regular useonce or twice a week they also ensure that fewer hairs grow in after shaving.
For the face such a "rubbing" is quite harsh. In particular, daily scrubs, which are sometimes offered for impure skin, dry out the skin far too much. Pimples in particular do not heal faster through ruthless permanent peeling, but the bacteria are only better distributed. (We will introduce you to the ideal peeling for the face further down in the article.)
Stop & go for mechanical peels
✋ Not for sensitive, dry or stressed skin and for inflammatory skin diseases such as perioral dermatitis, acne or rosacea
👟 Ideal for the body and for healthy, non-sensitive skin for gentle facial peelings
Enzyme peelings – the gentle way
Enzyme peelings are limited in their effect to the skin surface, which they clean and disinfect. There, dead skin cells are connected to the fresh ones underneath. You can think of it like a cake where the crust has gotten a bit hard and dark, but it's all one piece with the fluffy batter underneath. Enzyme-splitting proteinsgently dissolve the cell structures so that you can simply wash away the old skin cells with water. This is completely natural, because it often contains proteins from papaya or pineapple.
Enzyme peelings are used like a mask: Apply once or twice a week, leave on and rinse off. Regularity is important.Not only do you create a fresher complexion, you can even pigment spots and blemishes including pimple marks
Due to the higher price compared to mechanical peels, they are usually only used on the face. There are hardly any restrictions, because these mild peelings are actually suitable for every skin type.
Stop & go for enzyme peels
✋ Not in the case of perioral dermatitis, there is a general stop on cosmetics
👟 Suitable for all skin types
Chemical peels with AHA fruit acids and co.
This type of peeling is mainly known as fruit acid peeling. This works by means of AHA (glycolic acid peeling) or BHA (salicylic acid peeling). It stimulates regeneration and wears away the outer layer of skin. Depending on the concentration, the peeling can also have a significantly in depth effect. The effect is strong, but so is the skin irritation, because these peelings are very aggressive. Redness, swelling and peeling skin are common side effects - after all, chemical peels are also known as peeling treatments.
🍋 Many sera and cleansing products that are intended to prevent skin aging or impurities contain an AHA - or BHA complex. Here the concentration is usually low, but it does not hurt to pay attention to irritations!
when using it
Chemical peels put a lot of strain on the skin and in my opinion are not recommended, even if they are very hyped at the moment. Above all, I advise against trying it yourself at home. If you use the wrong dosage, you can burn your skin. Only in certain cases can one consider whether the treatment makes sense, for example in the case of annoying acne scars or accumulations of pigment. The desire for relief is understandable here, but then fruit acid peelings definitely belong in the hands of professionals.
Stop-and-go for chemical peels
✋ Not ideal because it's too aggressive and an absolute no-go for sensitive, stressed skin
👟 Recommended at best as therapy for scars or pigment spots
☝️ My tip: It's better to exfoliate gently and regularly! The clear favorites for the face are the gentle enzyme peelings for all skin types.
Why you shouldn't use body scrub on your face
Treating the delicate facial skin with a body scrub is a bit like practicing calligraphy with a highlighter. Body scrubs are usually mechanical peelings and they are nothing for sensitive skin types or inflammatory skin conditions. But even normal facial skin wants to be handled with kid gloves a little more than other parts of the body.
In the natural version of body scrubs - which I would definitely recommend to you - sugar crystals or ground apricot kernels usually provide the necessary abrasion. The peeling particles are significantly coarser and often more sharp-edged than in face peelings. After all, they should even smooth out calloused areas on the knees, elbows or soles of the feet. And they do. You can ensure beautiful feet with regular peelings and prevent hairs from growing in after shaving.
Time for a peel - FAQ on how and when
How often does peeling make sense?
When it comes to peelings, opinions differ.Some consistently pull it off every week, others are more of an occasional offender. The "Och-I-could-yes-again" group scrubs as needed. The skin could look rosier or does it peel after the summer vacation? Then down with the old skin cells. Exfoliation is also helpful for healing pimples to free scabbed areas. And honestly, if you're otherwise happy with your skin, why change anything?
But the regularity also has something to offer. With this you support the regeneration continuously. Not only can you enjoy the fresh feeling after an exfoliation more often, you can prevent blemishes and discolouration. Treat yourself to a scrub once or twice a week at most. Please not every day, this can irritate the skin and is not even necessary.
Do you prefer to use facial peeling in the morning or in the evening?
In the evening. You usually have a) more time and b) the skin can regenerate optimally overnight. Even if you use a mild enzyme peeling, you are exposing a very fresh, young cell layer that is a little more sensitive. But since the skin is no longer expected to be subjected to any major strains at night, it recovers in peace and regenerates really well.
What is the place of peeling in the care routine?
It comes after cleaning, i.e. removing make-up. I'm a fan of minimalist cleansing because it's particularly gentle and super effective with a make-up remover oil. So after you have removed all make-up residues with a cosmetic pad or washcloth, it is time for the peeling. For extra care, you can then pamper your face with a light moisturizing serum.
Does a peeling have to work?
That depends on the type of peeling. Mechanical peels, no. They work with abrasives and free the pores with careful massaging. Chemical and enzyme peelings need a certain exposure time. How long it is depends on the product. So be sure to follow the instructions here!
DIY: Make your own body scrub
Unfortunately, we no longer manufacture our FIVE Body Scrub. So that you can still get smooth legs, here is a simple and effective DIY recipe with sugar. You shouldn't eat that much of it anyway, but almost everyone has it at home. And because throwing away is not sustainable, let's make a body scrub out of it! This also has the advantage that the scrubbing particles completely dissolve when you shower and do not clog your drain. What you need for this:
- A base oil (coconut oil is great for smoothing, apricot oil is particularly mild and jojoba oil is a real all-rounder)
- Sugar (white or brown, totally stinky)
Mix both in a ratio of 1:1. The result is a thick paste that you rub onto damp skin in the shower in circular motions. Rinse, pat dry with a towel, done.