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Exfoliating is an important part of a skincare routine since it helps to rejuvenate the cells, and create a foundation for softer, smoother skin.
But what products are best for beginners? Treat your skin the right way by using some of our holy grail items, ideal for women with normal to sensitive skin.
How should I exfoliate?
Most people think of exfoliating as an abrasive way of stripping the skin of its natural oils. There are a number of ways to exfoliate the skin on your face and body without turning bright red; one of which is perfect for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Warm a muslin cloth under a hot faucet, then remove any excess water. Use a cleanser on wet skin, and work the product in with your fingers. Gently wipe the cleanser off with the muslin cloth in large, downward swipes. After you’re done with this step, open the cloth and lay it directly over your face; this helps to open the pores and exfoliate skin without continuous scrubbing.
The Body Shop Muslin Cloth, $3.95
Scrubs are the most popular way to quickly and effectively exfoliate the skin, and are available anywhere from the supermarket to a high-end department store. Apply a pea-sized amount over damp skin, then work the product in with your fingers. If your skin is sensitive, don’t use formulas with added microbeads since they could potentially cause additional redness.
DermaVeen Daily Nourish Facial Exfoliator, $12.99
If your skin is prone to redness and inflammation, use a powder exfoliator in your skincare routine. Not only are powders less abrasive, but they are also a great idea if you want your product to last forever.
Sprinkle a pea-sized amount into your hand, then add some lukewarm water to the mixture. Work up a lather, then apply over your face, neck and décolletage.
Dermalogica Daily Mircofoliant, $70
A Personal Microderm (PMD) is a manual exfoliating system which helps to remove makeup, and unclog pores. Use with a gentle cleanser, scrub, or facial mask, and gently create a lather; focusing on areas such as the forehead, chin, and cheeks.
Clarisonic Mia 2 Pink, $199
What should I do now?
After you have exfoliated your skin, apply a gentle toner over the entire face. Focus the product into the t-zone, chin and cheeks since these are the places most women experience acne or scarring.
Wait for your skin to soak it all up, then apply moisturiser. Skin will feel soft, and smooth almost immediately!
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Giving your skin an occasional deep-clean helps to ward off dry patches, unexpected acne and even keeps your skin looking bright and healthy. Micro-dermabrasion has been popular over the last few years since it effectively penetrates the skin cells, removing dirt and bacteria from the surface.
Many of these dermabrasion kits are now available at home, which means we are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking care of our skin.
How often should I deep-clean?
This will vary according to skin type and texture – especially if you suffer from super-dry skin. If you’re new to this, try and deep-clean your skin once a week. Only you will be able to determine how much attention your skin needs, but 1-2 times a week is enough.
How can I deep-clean my skin?
There are many ways to effectively deep-clean your pores, whether you choose to do it at home yourself or have a professional treatment.
Exfoliate: Exfoliating is an essential way to keep your pores clean and healthy if you’re on a budget. Invest in quality products which are suited to your particular skin type, and do your research before buying something you haven’t used before. Try and avoid scrubs which have micro-beads since this could potentially scratch your skin and cause more bad than good, especially around the eyes which is hyper-sensitive.
Facials: A great way to deep-clean your pores is by having a facial every now and then. Keep it down to 1-2 times a month, and really take note if your skin feels better or worse after the procedure. Facials are important since they carefully cleanse the skin and remove impurities that you might not be able to reach at home.
PMD: Personal Microderm is a product designed to give you a professional microdermabrasion treatment in the comfort of your own home. Although these products can be quite expensive, they will last for years – the only thing you would need to replace is the brush. This product is designed to cleanse the stratum corneum (otherwise known as the topmost layer of your skin). This is the layer where we apply moisturiser, oils, serums and makeup which can often build-up and block our pores over time. Systems such as the PMD and Clarisonic are designed to give you a deep-clean treatment in the comfort of your own home.
What else can I do to deep-clean my skin?
Regularly cleanse your skin and remember to let it breathe. Facial oils and beauty balms are important since they deeply hydrate the skin, without blocking your pores. Work these products into your problem areas such as the t-zone to avoid dry patches and premature ageing.
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