Some of us think we’re too sensitive for a scrub. And if you’re acne-prone, a peel just seems insane. But exfoliation can benefit every skin type. “In addition to revealing fresh skin cells, exfoliat ing removes dead cells from pores, making them appear smaller,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a Manhattan derm. Make-up also looks better, says Stalina Glot, an aesthetician at Haven Spa in New York City. “It’s like sanding a wall before you paint.” The other major perk: “Removing the buildup enhances your skin’s ability to absorb everything else, from acne medicine to anti-aging serum,” says Dr Rachel. Find the routine that’s right for your type, and get glowing.
MY SKIN’S DRY. WILL EXFOLIATING STRIP IT?
Not necessarily. In fact, flakes can inhibit the full penetration of moisturiser. In addition, “oil can get trapped and cause tiny, pimple-like bumps,” says Stalina. Your best bet: gentle chemical exfoliators (an AHA-rich serum dissolves bonds between dead cells) or a light facial scrub (Biotique’s infused with papaya and super-fine particles that dissolve dead cells and unclog pores). Try one, immediately followed by a gentle hydrating lotion, every two or three days.
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