Exfoliation sloughs off dry, dead surface cells to help the skin work more efficiently and look fresher and younger. It also makes skin more receptive to moisturizer and can help keep blemishes at bay. Exfoliate one to three times a week, depending on your skin type – oilier skins should be exfoliated more often, while those with normal and dry skin will find that once a week is sufficient – and preferably at night. Whether a cream or gel, exfoliators should not be abrasive.
♦ Never rub too hard; (his not only causes the shin to become sore, but actually stimulates the oil glands to secrete more sebum than before.
♦ The first sign of excessive exfoliating is a red and “stripped” look on the delicate shin on the upper cheek area. If this happens, stop exfoliating until the skin has recovered completely.
♦ If you have combination skin, try exfoliating oily areas, such as the T-zone, two to three times a week, and limit yourself to a weekly treatment on dry, sensitive areas.
Cleanse the face and spread exfoliator evenly over it, avoiding the eyes and lips. Let exfoliator dry if necessary. Rub exfoliator in gently with the fingertips, focusing on any areas of acne. Do not rub too vigorously – if dry patches begin to appear or your skin feels very sensitive, you are probably exfoliating too hard or too often. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove all traces of exfoliator. Tone and moisturize, then wait for a few hours before applying any makeup.