Regular cleansing helps to remove some of the dead skin cells from the face, but some always remain which can give the face a dull, lifeless appearance. Exfoliation is the process of sloughing off the dead skin cells, which are then replaced by fresh cells underneath. If this is done regularly, it will speed up the turnover and replacement of cells, which helps to open blocked pores. Exfoliation makes the skin feel smoother and softer, it improves the texture, and make the skin look fresh and clean.
Using a complexion brush when cleansing your face is one method of exfoliation, as it is the exfoliating face mask. Best of all are the special cleansing grains and facial scrubs that are designed to gently slough off dead skin. Most of these contain tiny particles of natural ingredients and feel slightly rough to touch. The grains and particle create gentle friction that scrubs away the dead skin cells, and can be used on all types of skin, although they should be used less frequently on dry or sensitive skin.
Exfoliants leave the skin feeling very smooth, but they may stimulate the sebaceous glands and leave the skin oilier than before. Most are intended to be used once a week - they should not be used daily. Exfoliation should always be done after cleansing the face. Most exfoliants are applied to slightly dampened skin; follow the manufacturer's instructions for this. Apply a thin layer of exfoliant on the skin, avoiding the eye and lip area. Rub gently, using circular motions, then tissue away or rinse off the excess. Always apply moisturizer after exfoliation.
Personal Skin Care Plan
Exfoliant for Oily Skin - Use an oil-absorbing scrub every other day; do not exfoliate acne.
Exfoliant for Combination Skin - Use a gentle scrub mask two or three times a week.
Exfoliant for Dry Skin - Use a cream based mild scrub once a week.
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