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04 May 2020

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. And, when it comes to exfoliators, 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 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 favourites are usually formulated with skin-smoothing particles.

ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel exfoliates and purify tired, lacklustre skin. Non-abrasive, skin is left soft, revitalised and radiant. For a deeper cleanse, use ELEMIS Skin Buff 1-2 times a week to re-energise dull skin while revealing a brighter, more vibrant look.


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. Perfect for anyone concerned with dull or uneven skin tone and lack of radiance, or for anyone looking to exfoliate in a gentle way that respects the skin's delicate acid mantle.

Which Exfoliator Is Right For Me?

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!

ELEMIS Papaya Enzyme Peel, $109.00
ELEMIS Skin Buff, $99.00
ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads, $132.00

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