Exfoliating. It’s just a matter of finding something nice and abrasive and giving your face a good scrub, right? Sure…or you could do it the beauty editor way and really start to see results! Beauty IQ’s Melissa, shares her step-by-step guide to exfoliation…
If we want to learn how to exfoliate properly, we’ve got to ask ourselves what the point of doing it is in the first place. The benefits of skin exfoliation (which literally means ‘removing the surface’) are many, but most commonly include:
- Improved skin cell turnover
- Remove impurities such as make-up, dirt and sweat
- Unclog pores and blackheads
- Decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Better absorption of serums and moisturisers
- Clearer, more uniform skin tone
- Regulate sebum production
- Reduction in dry patches and flakiness
Which exfoliator is for me?
Ideal for use 1- 2 weekly on dry, tough, blemished or sun-damaged skin. The alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids in chemical exfoliators cause the outer layer of the skin to ‘melt’ or lift away, allowing new, healthy cells to surface.
Ideal for use 1- 2 weekly on sensitive, oily, normal or combination skin. Physical exfoliators slough off dead skin cells, so the new ones can come through, via abrasive ingredients such as micro-beads, salt, sugar or coffee.
Ideal for use daily on all skin types. The Clarisonic will clean the face six times deeper than traditional cleansing, using sonic frequencies to flush out impurities like make-up, dirt and oil, allowing better penetration of skincare products.
How to exfoliate
- Remove all make-up, making sure the skin is as clean as possible
- Take your exfoliator and apply to your hands, warming it up slightly between your fingertips
- Using a circular, upwards and outwards motion, massage across the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin
- Make sure you get into all those nooks and crannies, like the folds of the nostrils and chin, cupid’s bow and jawline.
- Leave on for several minutes (chemical exfoliators normally need longer than physical exfoliators) before rinsing off with warm water.
- Ensure that the product is completely removed, being gentle with your skin as it may be sensitive.
Melissa’s expert tip
The best way to get the most out of your exfoliation is to use a Clarisonic. It will keep your skin extra clean and radiant on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that your once/twice weekly exfoliating treatments can work properly, without the hindrance of product build-up or grime. There’s no point exfoliating if your skin is still dirty!
See how Clarisonic works in this tutorial: