How important is regular exfoliation? Very, if you want to reap the benefits of nature’s potent oils. When you’re on your back under the determined hands of a facialist (my preferred lady in the biz of glow is Taryn at Dermalogica), you’ll want to seek out proven effectiveness over a mid-afternoon snooze. Clinical white spaces aside, you still can get spa-like results at home if you remind yourself to exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Unhurried crubbing away the dead skin cells allows your face oil to sink in on the spot. Apply exfoliators to slightly damp, makeup-free skin in the evening, and massage for 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing thoroughly.
Got problematic skin? Harsh scrubbing is definitely not the way to go. Excessive rub-downs and washing actually strip away the lipid barrier, which leads to inflammation. Be gentle with your sweeping motions. Regular can help diminish the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing the dull, lackluster skin. And, your serums get to work straight away. A major don't when exfoliating is to pressed to hard to get a deeper scrub. You won't get that, but rather micro-tears in your skin!
Clarisonic ($119): Removes makeup up to six times better than handwashing or other traditional methods. Sensitive skins fear not – you have two speeds to choose from and the froth that follows helps get your cleanser deep into those pores to clean out the grim the day. Use morning and night.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant ($50): Salicylic and Lactic acids help this super brightening resurfacer expose a healthy, fresh glow through thermal warming action, but the added benefits come from…you guessed it – essential oils! A honeyed sweetness (from Lemon Peel, Rose Damascena and Geranium, Clove and Rosewood oils) hovers over skin when warmed by rubbing with ease. Use 1-2 times a week following the Overnight Repair Serum.
Scientific Skincare White Bamboo Exfoliator ($68): The fragrance-free formula uses Acai Fruit Extract to smooth out skin while Green and White Tea extracts soothe while warming up on skin when applied in circular motions. Interesting as the good doc also recommends leaving this grittier scrub on the skin after scrubbing for an additional 3 minutes as a treatment mask, which fully detox’s the epidermis. Use 1-2 a week following the Intensive Repair Serum.
Scrub-a-dub dub, baby for a totally rejuvenated face!