The skin is constantly renewed. The dry and dead skin cells make them look colorless and dull, it feels quickly rough and uneven. The remedy is a peeling cure, which works on the skin like fine sandpaper on wood: the peeling smoothes our outer shell. But an exfoliation can do even more: when removing the skin cells at the same time the circulation of the skin is stimulated, so that it radiates rosy and is more receptive to care substances. So that the scrub does not irritate, it should be tailored to the skin type.

Exfoliation: Adjust to skin type

The abrasive effect of a mechanical peel depends primarily on the size and smoothness of the abrasive particles used. Their use depends on the skin type. Fine plastic granules of polyethylene are rounded granules and have a smooth and uniform emery effect. They are therefore suitable for sensitive and less severely keratinized skin.

Peeling grains of vegetable origin (for example, almond or cereal bran, ground apricot kernels) are considerably coarser in the grain, have an irregular structure and a more intense emery effect. They are more suitable for large-pored, oily and calloused skin, but also as a full-body peeling. The same applies to sea salt and sugar.

Exfoliating forms

Depending on the application and abrasive grains used, there are different types of peels:

peelingskin type
Wash scrubsnormal to greasy
Peeling masksgreasy and large-pored
Bran and sea sand scrubsThick, thick, heavily horny
Peel-off masksnormal to dry, sensitive
Agent with erasing effectpoor circulation, large pores

Which peeling is suitable when?

  • Washing scrubs consist of a washing cream containing abrasive grains. The washing-active substances and abrasive particles cause the loose-fitting horn blades to detach. They are applied to the cleansed skin and massaged in a circular manner. Then everything is washed off thoroughly; normal skin: once a week; Oily skin: up to daily.
  • Peeling masks often contain, in addition to the abrasive particles, additional chemical substances such as salicylic acid (horn-releasing), allantoin (soothing), tensides (degreasing), healing or clay (healing, anti-inflammatory). The mask is allowed to dry and then wiped off with a damp cleaning cloth or sponge. Due to its strong degreasing effect is very good for the greasy and large-pored skin.
  • Bran and sea sand scrub: The cleaned bran is pulverized, mixed with water to a pulp and massaged on the skin, then washed off. Good for rough, thick and heavily keratinized skin.
  • Peel-off masks have a gel-like consistency, are applied thinly to the cleansed skin and peeled off the skin after drying as a whole. Excess horn particles are gently removed with. This exfoliation is very gentle and slightly astringent and therefore well suited for normal, dry and sensitive skin.
  • Irrigation agent is applied to the dry skin and allowed to dry. Then scrub the scrub with damp fingertips again. In trade, these preparations are often referred to as rubber creams. The simplest remedy is the brewer's yeast mixed with water. This exfoliation is good for the poorly perfused, large-pored skin.

3 scrubs to make your own

Before applying the exfoliating mask, clean the facial skin with a cleansing lotion and moisten slightly with lukewarm water.

  • Oil-sugar peeling (for dry and normal skin): Mix a few spoonfuls of sugar with a few splashes of olive or sesame oil and stir thoroughly to form a paste. Apply this (possibly with a brush) thick, leave for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  • Healing earth camomile peeling (for impure skin): Boil chamomile tea and allow to cool. Mix five to six tablespoons of it with three tablespoons of medicinal clay and mix well, creating a smooth paste. Apply (possibly with a brush), leave for a few minutes. Once it has dried, scrub gently with a damp towel and rinse off the rest thoroughly with lukewarm water. Apply a moisturizer.
  • Almond yoghurt scrub (for all skin types, with a tendency to pimples): three tablespoons. Mix natural yoghurt with three tablespoons of ground almonds (alternatively hazelnuts) and a teaspoon of honey or marigold extract. Apply the paste thickly (possibly with a brush), allow to work for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
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