Exfoliating is recommended as part of any successful skincare routine. It clears away dead skin cells, make up and dirt and by improving your skin tone it makes it look and feel smoother and softer.
Whilst there is no doubt that exfoliating brings many benefits, it can be very easy to go overboard and caution should be exercised but we are hear to help you get it right.
Exfoliate in the morning
Your skin repairs and regenerates as you sleep so the best time to apply a scrub is when you wake so it takes way the night before and leaves you fresh faced for the day ahead.
Get it Right for You
Look for round granules that are gentle easily roll on your face rather than ones that are jagged and cause irritation, redness patches and even damage the skin.
Consider Your Skin Type
You need to find the right exfoliator for your skin type or you could do more damage than good.
For dry and ageing skin go for the Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant. Chemical and physical exfoliants work together on the texture of the skin with the help of self-heating technology that is activated when exposed to water. A burst of heat aids the penetration of active ingredients into the skin, whilst vitamins and C reverse the signs of premature ageing.
Dermalogica Pore Control Scrub is great for teenage skin and anyone prone to acne. This gentle lotion helps clear clogging dead skin cells using microbeads and the skin is purified by natural earth clays that soak up excess oil. Licorice, Green Tea and Menthol offer soothing, anti-inflammatory cooling benefits and the Tea Tree oil is antiseptic and antimicrobial so kills bacteria. After use apply the Dermalogica Matte Moisturiser which will mop up surface shine thanks to special oil-absorbers and offer sun protection, something that is important after using a scrub.
Exfoliate As Appropriate
The skin is delicate so doesn’t necessarily need exfoliating daily. Generally once or twice a week is enough to clear dead cells and help regulate the oil levels in your skin, leaving it feel soft and looking smooth.
That said, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Rice-based enzyme powder activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal. The active agents help regulate melanin production whilst clearing away dead cells. A super-soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal calms inflammation, leaving the skin extraordinarily clear and refreshed.
Use Circular Movements
Using light, circular movements as you exfoliate is key to success. Spend around two minutes on your face covering your cheeks, chin and forehead before your neck and chest. Rinse with warm water and pat dry using a clean muslin cloth or soft towel.
You can use the Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush to help supercharge your routine. Used with the relevant products, the durable, hygienic, nylon bristles loosen dead cells and debris from the skin for amazing, clear results.
Keep Exfoliators Away from the Eyes
The skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive and should be avoided when exfoliating. After you have exfoliated however, do not ignore the eyes. Try patting a little Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair around the eye area, blending inward from the outer corner. This excellent eye treatment is packed with antioxidant Vitamin C and Wild Yam, which help repair prematurely-aging skin and smooth fine lines.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
As well as taking away dead skin cells exfoliators can remove some of the skin’s oil so it is vital to prepare and protect your face. Use a serum followed by an age appropriate SPF moisturiser that contains SPF to keep your skin happy and safe.
Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance is an ultra-rich moisturiser that is perfect for use after exfoliating. Vitamin C smooths the appearance of dry lines and skin damage, leaving skin soft and supple and soothing Coneflower and Hydrocotyl, combined with extracts of Grape Seed and Wild Yam, help reduce the signs of prematurely-ageing skin, leaving it smooth and firmer-looking.