Exfoliation has got to be one of the best ways to keep skin looking glowy, fresh and bright…not to mention keeping those fine lines at bay. I get asked quite often for skincare advice, and I’ll always ask if they exfoliate on a regular basis-sometimes it’s yes…but often it’s no.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to regularly exfoliate your skin. Sloughing off dead skin cells and keeping pores clear.
I will break this post into two parts- manual exfoliation and chemical exfoliation.
Manual exfoliation includes your scrubs, wash cloths and tools, such as the Clarisonic.
Physically scrubbing the skin with the right products/tools can slough off skin cells and reveal a brighter complexion.
I exfoliate in some form everyday, but if you’re just new to the world of scrubbing down your skin-start off with two to three days.
The humble facecloth:
This is such a simple and gentle way of daily exfoliating your skin-simply cleanse the skin and instead of splashing away the excess cleanser, wipe away with a warm, damp washcloth-rinse and repeat.
Electronic facial brush such as the Clarisonic:
With an array of brush heads to choose from, the Clarisonic can give you a gentle to intensive exfoliation with your normal cleanser-I’m fairly new to using this and I have to say I’m a convert. In fact, my dermatologist asked me at my last appointment what I was doing differently, as my skin looked “exquisite” -I told him I’d started using the Clarisonic and he said he wasn’t surprised as he’d seen such wonderful results with it!
This is an area you need to be quite choosy with-not all exfoliating cleansers are created equal.
Now, I’m sure everyone remembers a certain drug store exfoliator with apricot shells? Well, let me tell you that those shells, if looked at under a magnifying glass, have sharp jagged edges that create tiny slices in your skin-not exactly the goal…
The are many exfoliating cleansers on the market today-most being fairly mild-but there is one I’ve stumbled upon that blows all others out the water. Lancer skin polish is a fine paste that will scrub intensely and leave you with skin smooth and radiant. Developed by Dr Lancer of Los Angeles, a world renowned dermatologist-this skin polish does what most others cannot-it’s simply the best I’ve found. It’s a pricy little product though, so I advise you to grab a sample from Sephora and try it out first-the results will speak for themselves.
I’ve also pictured a mask/exfoliator from Clinique that does a wonderful job detoxifying and exfoliating-I’ll do this perhaps once per week and the Lancer three times.
So the take home here would be to grab yourself a washcloth tonight when you cleanse and start seeking out perhaps one other form of exfoliator-you’ll be glowing within a week!