Is your skin feeling dry and your moisturizer isn’t really helping? Did you go out and get a product that is supposed to be super moisturizing and it didn’t help?
Does your makeup foundation not look as good as it used to on your skin?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s most likely because you have dead skin build up. That means, it’s time to exfoliate!
Everybody needs to exfoliate. Why? Dead skin can build up on the surface of your skin can inhibit the penetration of your moisturizers and other skincare products.
Everybody’s cellular turnover is different (the rate that your new skin cells come up to the surface and old ones are shed off). But for most people it’s 2-4 weeks.
Even if you have sensitive skin there are exfoliants out there for you.
Here are some tips on picking the correct exfoliant:
You are unique and so is your skin Your skin is one of a kind! Which is why I always say you have to “listen to your skin”.
Our bodies are always telling us something, when we’re in pain, it’s telling us something is wrong. When it’s inflamed there’s always a reason. So your skin really isn’t any different, it will let you know what it likes and what it doesn’t.
The type of exfoliant you should use totally depends on your skin type and what your concerns are.
If your skin is sensitive- does it get red to the touch? Then you most likely have sensitive skin. A powder or cream exfoliant with mild exfoliating acids is good for sensitive skin. Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant has lactic and hydroxy acids which are super easy on the skin and it can be used daily. I love this one!
If your skin is combination Be careful not to overdo the exfoliating! A lot of times I would see clients with normal/combo skin and they purchase an exfoliating product. The first time they use it they love it so they use it everyday because they think the more the better! Then unfortunately they’ll start to get sensitive skin and wonder why. Oops!
So my recommendation for combo skin is a cleanser with salicylic acid in it, use it only once a day, preferably in the morning. Then once a week use a retinol exfoliant or a granular exfoliant to get super smooth skin and a wonderful glow!
If your skin is oily and you never have had any sensitivity to products or exfoliants you’re probably okay to mix some exfoliants to really shed off some skin so your pores don’t get clogged.
Retinol exfoliants are exfoliating and great for evening out your skin tone. I like one with an added antioxidant for fighting off those nasty free-radicals. PCA Skin’s Retinol Clarity Treatment® has retinol in it plus salicylic acid to keep acne from flaring up. It also has antioxidants with nourishing ingredients that won’t clog your pores.
Then, once a week, do a granular scrub or a microdermabrasion scrub to get your skin super soft.
If you have acne, I would not recommend a granular scrub. Glycolic acid or salicylic acid, which are forms of alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s), exfoliate without irritation- as long as you don’t overdo it and use other products such as moisturizers for oily skin to keep your skin balanced. Click here to check out my acne page.
Always use a daily sunscreen when using exfoliants and when you go on vacation this spring or summer. Lay off the exfoliants for a few days before and during your vacation if you’re planning on being outside a lot. And don’t forget to re-apply your sunscreen!
More exfoliant reviews coming soon!
Disclaimer: The products I recommended on this post were not given to me to sample by the companies. I carried them at my Boutique and recommended them to my clients.