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How to Exfoliate your Skin

What does it mean to exfoliate yours skin? Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin using a chemical or granular substance. Skin usually turns over every 30 days however a good exfoliation can help speed up the process for brighter and healthier skin. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps to maintaining a good skin care regimen.

The best way to exfoliate your skin is in a circular motion with a granular substance. There are many products out there that can help with exfoliation but finding the right one for you will be the most difficult and that is the reason that you should speak to a skin care specialist.

Exfoliating benefits include:

• Removes dead skin cells

• Brighter Complexion

• Let’s products (serums and moisturizers) absorb better

• Clears and minimizes pore size

• Accelerates cell turnover

There are two types of exfoliation processes which include physical and chemical. Your choice will depend on the tolerance of your skin and your personal preference. Physical exfoliation will use abrasive, yet gentle, ingredients or tools to smooth and brighten the skin. The tools necessary to do this light exfoliation can be a cleansing brush, sponge, towel or facial scrub. The best way to see what works best is to try all of these tools and see which works best. Allow a few days between using each exfoliation tool. Over exfoliating can cause redness and flareups.

Here is the best way to apply a facial scrub. First, wash your face with a cleanser then pat dry. Afterwards, apply a quarter size amount into the palm of your hands and apply on your face in a gentle circular motion for about 30-60 seconds avoiding the eyes. Then wash with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Then follow with your regular skin care regimen. Doing this once to twice a week will depend on the tolerance of the skin. Being vigilant about your skin care routine and being aware of the reaction of each exfoliate should help you understand which works best for your skin type.

On the other hand, chemical exfoliates use fruit enzymes, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid to loosen and stimulate cell turnover. There are many chemical exfoliates on the market but they can also be harsh on the skin if not applied properly. The best way to get the best results is to seek a skin care specialist to provide you with the proper chemical exfoliation. They will observe the chemical reaction to your skin to ensure that your skin isn’t overly exfoliated.

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