Skin Care Tip of the Day: By removing dry skin cells, you reveal healthy and vibrant skin. When caring for your skin, the phrase “out with the old, in with the new” really holds true. Exfoliation removes expired, dry skin cells making way for new, healthy, plump skin cells. It also helps to reduce blemishes and break outs, lessen clogged pores, rid the skin of dryness and lighten brown spots and hyperpigmentation—all while smoothing the skin.
What are the different types of exfoliants? There are two types of exfoliants. First, a “chemical” or “acid” exfoliant does the work for you. You apply it, leave it on the skin, and it works to dissolve the dry skin cells. These exfoliants include ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, AHA’s and BHA’s, and enzymes such as Pumpkin, Papaya, and Pineapple. Try Renée Rouleau AHA Smoothing Serum 10%, 17%, or 20%, and occasionally treat your skin to our Triple Berry Smoothing Peel…
Second, a “physical” exfoliant means that you have to manually do the work. These exfoliants include facial brushes, sponges, and facial scrubs. Try Renée Rouleau Mint Buffing Beads or Micro Crystal Cream. A combination of both physical and chemical exfoliants will give your skin the best results.
How often should you exfoliate?
For chemical exfoliation: I suggest that you use one of our AHA Smoothing Serums at night only, for seven nights on, seven nights off alternating with a hydrating serum. (See our collection of specialty serums.) As for our at-home peels, I suggest using these a few times a month to give your skin a boost of exfoliation.
For physical exfoliation: I suggest using a facial scrub 2-3 times a week. If you use the Clarisonic facial brush, you would use this in place of a facial scrub since it provides physical exfoliation. It’s not recommended to use both as you don’t want to over-exfoliate.
Read my review: Is The Clarisonic Brush Harmful Or Helpful To The Skin?
Exfoliation can provide tremendous skin benefit for achieving clear, healthy and beautiful skin—but you certainly don’t want to over-do it.
For more information check out my article about the importance of exfoliation.
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