TIPS + TRICKS | To scrub or not to scrub...
Exfoliation - how much is too much?I want to preface this by stating that exfoliation is very personal. What works wonders for one person might yield disastrous results for another. So don't blindly follow advice when it comes to exfoliation. Really check in with your skin to determine if a product or technique is working. You want soft and glowing, not red and dry. Okay, on to the good stuff.
Physical or chemical? To be honest, I like incorporating both. Physical is great for heartier, congested skin types. I recommend starting with a physical exfoliator two times per week and adjusting from there. You can overdo it, especially if you are using a cleansing cloth to remove your oil or balm at night AND a chemical exfoliator. Yes, the cleansing cloth counts. If you have congested skin prone to breakouts, in addition to a physical exfoliator, I recommend adding a nightly chemical exfoliating serum. This will really help to keep pores clear.
What about sensitive skin? A cleansing cloth at night might be all that you need. Another great option is honey. A honey cleanser gently exfoliates without over-drying AND it can double as a delicious mask. Additionally, sensitive skin types can try incorporating a chemical exfoliating serum a few times per week or use an enzyme-based exfoliating mask once per week.
The mini-facial. For a wonderful weekly treat, try applying an enzyme-based exfoliating mask for 5 to 15 minutes and follow with a physical exfoliating mask for another 5 to 15 minutes. As you are rinsing, massage the exfoliating mask over your skin. It's so good!
Anything else? Avoid plastic microbeads and sharp fragments in your physical exfoliators.
Need specific product suggestions? I got you covered!