A Guide to Exfoliating

Exfoliating skin products are designed to remove the top layer of dry or dead skin cells to make room for new skin. Severe exfoliating methods include chemical peels and micro-dermabrasion treatments, but gentle exfoliating can be performed by you, right in your own bathroom.

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Gentle daily exfoliating is the vital step in your skin care regime. It's one step that is vastly overlooked, but one that will grant you the petal-soft, glowing skin you've always wanted. Chances are if you spied on that 35+ year-old that works in your office with the supple, dewy skin - you'd catch her in her bathroom exfoliating.

Removing dead skin cells helps give your skin a youthful, fresh look. Just think of it as throwing out the old and welcoming the new. Once you uncover plump, new skin cells your skin will be dying to absorb moisturizer more readily.

If you decide to incorporate exfoliation into your skin care routine, you'll notice a drastic difference in your skin almost instantly.

First, determine your skin type:

  • If you have normal skin, you can use a gentle exfoliator daily.
  • If you have oily skin, exfoliate 4 times per week.
  • If you have dry skin, exfoliate 1 per week.
  • If you have combination skin, exfoliate 4 or 5 times per week.
  • If you have sensitive skin, exfoliate only once or twice (at most) per week.
To exfoliate properly:
  • Regardless of when you exfoliate, you will have to perform it more in the summer then in the winter. In the summer skin is sweaty; which causes dead skin cells to stick around.
  • Exfoliation can be done in the shower each morning. Just put your exfoliating scrub or exfoliating cloths in your shower caddy and scrub your face just before you get out of the shower.
  • Men naturally exfoliate their faces every time they shave. This rids their face of dead or dry skin cells and keeps their skin younger-looking for longer.
  • After you exfoliate always follow with moisturizer.

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