Ask the Expert: How often should I exfoliate? Should I use a scrub?
First, I’m so happy to hear that you’re exfoliating your skin. Exfoliation is essential to a bright, healthy looking complexion because it removes the dull, layer of skin obscuring your skin’s natural radiance. Whisking away that dead layer also ensures that your precious serums, oils and moisturizers penetrate deeply so they can work their magic! Finally, exfoliation prevents congestion; when we remove that old layer, we clear out the pores, reducing the chance of blockages and breakouts.
I encourage my clients to exfoliate at least once per week, and for most, preferably twice a week. However, frequency is not the only measure of a powerful exfoliation protocol, how we exfoliate is also important to our results.
There are two types of exfoliation products: granular scrubs and active acids in a solution of liquid or gel. I prefer the acid route by a long shot. Granular scrubs confine their work to the surface of the skin, limiting effectiveness, while at the same time carrying a risk of micro-tearing and irritation. Granular scrubs are particularly unsuitable for those of us who are prone to breakouts because they can spread bacteria. Acid-based exfoliants do a more thorough job by penetrating the skin's layers more deeply. Each acid has different benefits including oil control, cell regeneration, and hydration support—to name just a few. So, get on your exfoliation program this week and let your skin’s beauty shine!
Who it's for: Normal, dry, dehydrated skin.
Why we love it: Three acids, glycolic, lactic and pyruvic combine to create gentle, super-powered exfoliation treatment.
Who it's for: Oily, congested, acne prone skin.
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