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Best exfoliating skincare products for face

Sure, you might know the merits of exfoliating: Sloughing off the dead layers of skin cells to reveal fresh, soft new skin cells, but why is exfoliating so important at different skin stages? What happens if you dont exfoliate? If youve got exfoliating questions, weve got answers, a few pro tips and a gentle, totally clean formulation at the ready.

 

WHY IS EXOFLIATING GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?

When youre younger, exfoliating is especially beneficial because cellular turnover happens daily. Unless theyre exfoliated away, dead skin cells can block pores and cause breakouts. Exfoliating gives your skin clarity and a dewy, just-off-the-yoga-mat glow.

When youre older, skin cells shed less frequently, leaving a layer of dead skin cells at the surface. Exfoliating gets rid of the layer of dead skin cells at the surface, helping your skin feel healthy and radiant. It also stimulates collagen production to give your skin a plumpness youll love.

Whatever your age, exfoliating has some powerful additional benefits: 

  • Detoxifying the skin through lymphatic drainage, an essential skincare step if you’re working in an environment dense with toxins or living in a city that sees more pollution

Pro Tip: The best time to exfoliate is in the morning, after a night of cellular turnover while you were sleeping. We recommend exfoliating just once a week. 

 

WHATS A GOOD EXFOLIATOR FOR YOUR FACE?

There are two kinds of exfoliants: 

1. The physical kind that uses grainy substances such as tiny beads to slough off skin cells

2. The chemical’ kind, masks and cleansers crafted with natural fruit enzymes that create a reaction to exfoliate without.

Since it can be easy to overdo physical exfoliators on the face and create irritation, for many, especially those with sensitive skin, the enzymatic mask exfoliants can actually be more gentle. Lean on your skin type to determine which type of exfoliant will work well for you. 

TRY:  Superfruit AHA Brightening Face Mask

Youll want to touch your silky-smooth skin all day after gently exfoliating and softening with this mask—rich in clay minerals and the natural alpha hydroxy acids of pomegranate, starfruit, kiwi, lychee, guava and more. 

Pro tip: For some added gentle exfoliation, use your fingertips and some warm water to re-moisten the mask just before removal. Gently massage the face for 20-30 seconds before rinsing completely.

 

WHY YOU SHOULDNT USE BODY EXFOLIATORS ON YOUR FACE

Weve heard customers say they love our Vanilla Moon Radiant Body Scrub so much, theyre using it on their face. No matter how much you like a body scrub, only use it on your body, not your face. 

Body scrubs have a harsher grit and higher oil content, perfect for tackling hard-working heels but too much for delicate cheeks that need to maintain natural cellular barriers. Learn more in our article Exfoliating Myths & Truths of this Crucial Skincare Step. 

Whichever type of facial exfoliant you use, keep it away from the eyes. The skin there is just too delicate for exfoliating. 

Pro Tip: Be sure to exfoliate with wet skin to lubricate the ingredients and minimize irritation. 

 

CAN EXFOLIATING REMOVE SCARS?

If youre looking for a way to help nourish a scar, we recommend a serum or concentrate rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, such as our Prickly Pear + Schisandra Youth Concentrate.  We cant promise that exfoliating or moisturizing will help reduce the appearance of a scar, but scars can benefit from the soothing and healing power of vitamin E and other targeted nutrients. 

 

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