Exfoliating is a very important part of taking care of your skin, it’s important to slough away dead skin cells, to leave behind smoother skin, which not only looks brighter and healthier, but allows your products to penetrate better. There are many scrubs/exfoliating product on the market – some have more of a ‘scrub’ than others, some contain hydrating ingredients to keep dry skins balanced, while others contain bacteria fighting ingredients like salicylic acid for oilier skin types, so pick one to suit your skin type. To maximise the ‘scrub factor’, try using your scrub on clean dry skin, but don’t go over-board! Remember, the key to exfoliating is to be gentle – your skin is fragile! Also remember stay away from scrubs that use microbeads that are bad for the environment, and don’t scrub more than a couple of times a week!
If traditional scrubs aren’t for you, or you want to gently exfoliate more regularly, try using an acid exfoliating toner after cleansing, to help cell turnover without the abrasion. Lookout for products with AHA’s like glycolic acid (from sugar cane) and lactic acid (from milk), and BHA’s like salicylic acid (particularly great for acne) – as with traditional scrubs, your skincare products will penetrate better after a swipe of acid! I would avoid using a scrub and then an acid on the same morning or night – just pick one :)
PS. if you experience a slight tingle, don’t worry that’s totally normal and won’t last long.