I like to exfoliate. It helps in keeping my skin healthy and fresh. It is also the best defense against signs of aging, dark spots, breakouts and ruddy skin. Like I always say, no amount of makeup can hide unhealthy skin.
For every skin type, there are certain exfoliation ingredients to look for to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
1. Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
Chemical exfoliators with beta hydroxy acids like salicylic acid is best for this skin type as it is very effective in penetrating oil glands, which loosens the bonds that hold dead skin cells together. It also helps avoid clogged pores, the major cause of breakouts. Try: St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub and Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.
2. Dry Skin
Chemical exfoliators with alpha hydroxy acids are best with this type of skin. It is great for surface exfoliation. It can also help fight wrinkles. If you have dry skin, make sure you scrub or exfoliate only once a week. Try: Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength and Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser.
3. Sensitive Skin
Avoid glycolic acids or retinoic acids, as these are very harsh. Instead, look for enzymatic exfoliators. These are normally found in pineapples and papayas. Enzymatic exfoliators are perfect for sensitive skin as they can dissolve dead skin cells with the least chance of irritation. Once a week is enough. Try: Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser and Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub Oil-Free.
4. Normal to Combination skin
Normal to combination are the least reactive types of skin, so your best bet is to look for exfoliating ingredients such as beta hydroxy acids and alpha hydroxy acids. Once or twice a week of facial scrubbing is ideal to get healthy, clear skin. Try: The Body Shop Honey & Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask and Avon Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant.
Be happy. Stay pretty.
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