Millions of skin cells die every day. It’s a normal process, part of skin maintenance, so to speak. But when dead skin cells aren’t properly removed, they can clog pores and leave skin looking dull and lifeless.
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface layer of skin, revealing the fresher, healthier layer underneath. It can be done manually, using an abrasive product like a mitt, washcloth or topical scrub, or it can be done chemically (usually a spa or physician’s service), using products containing enzymes or acid to loosen skin cells.
For the best looking complexion, experts recommend exfoliating once or twice a week. People with oily skin can exfoliate more frequently, and those with dry skin might even consider once every other week or once a month.
The following tips will have you exfoliating like an expert in no time:
“¢First, thoroughly clean skin to remove makeup residue.
“¢ Using warm (never hot) water and a scrub product, work in an upward circular motion to loosen dead skin cells.
“¢ Rub gently, do not scrub!
“¢ Rinse with water and pat dry with a towel.
“¢ Apply toner, then moisturizer after exfoliating.
“¢ Do not exfoliate when your skin is sunburned or has an open wound.
“¢ Do not use body exfoliating products on your face, as they are more harsh and may irritate your skin.
“¢ Use a loofah to exfoliate your body and a pumice stone to smooth your feet.