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How to Exfoliate Your Face the Right Way

11/10/2016



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Your morning routine can take a turn for the worst if just seconds after applying moisturizer, you notice dry, flaky skin appear. Your natural next move might be to go into defense mode and re-up the hydration, but those patchy spots could be a sign that you’ve skipped a critical cleansing step: exfoliation.

 

Exfoliation is the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis of your skin to promote the turnover of the live skin cells. As we age, the cell turnover process slows down. Cells begin to gather unevenly on the skin’s surface which can result in dry patches and a dull appearance. Through exfoliating, we can help remove the dead skin cells, reduce the appearance of large pores and restoring skin’s natural radiance.

 

Now that you know why you need to exfoliate your face, here’s the right way to do it:

 

Gently exfoliate in upward, circular motions

 

Twice a week before you go to bed, splash warm water onto skin and use a facial scrub. Apply your exfoliating scrub gently with the tips of your fingers and take care not to press too firmly or grind the scrub into your skin, as this could cause irritation. Work the exfoliating scrub over your face from the nose and cheeks outward and pay special attention to areas that are prone to breakouts. Exfoliate face pores for about three to five minutes and then take care to rinse all of the product from your skin so that the chemicals do not continue to irritate it.

 

Focus on the rough, dry patches

 

If you see the excessive dryness, you should set aside time to thoroughly examine your skin. Go outside in the daylight with clean skin and bring a mirror. This will help you to understand what is going on and the areas where you might need help. Concentrate exfoliating on the places where your complexion is especially dull, flaky or uneven.

 

Use a hydrating moisturizer after exfoliating

 

Wash your face with warm water, then gently pat dry with a towel. You’ll want to lock in moisture with a cream or your favorite anti-aging serum before heading to bed. Your mornings will be much brighter and your skin significantly smoother.

 

*Beauty Tip:

 

Open the pores before you apply the exfoliating scrub. This helps minimize damage to your skin during exfoliation. First, fill a sink with steaming hot water. Lean over the water and then cover your head and the area around the sink with a large towel so that the steam is trapped.  steam  your face for about ten to fifteen minutes. Not only is this one of the best ways to exfoliate the face, the heat may also help blood circulation beneath the skin.  make sure not to use steam that is too hot.



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