Are You Exfoliating Correctly?
Using a face scrub may seem straightforward, but it turns out, there’s a right and wrong way to rid your face of dead skin cells. From the order that you apply a scrub with your other products, to the pressure you apply, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
To get the scoop on the best way to use the exfoliator in your medicine cabinet, we asked Beverly Hills-based esthetician Gina Mari to take a break from clients like Heidi Klum and Famke Janssen to answer our burning questions.
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GM: Exfoliating with a face scrub is an extremely effective way to slough off dead skin cells. When the skin is not properly exfoliated, dead skin cells will "stack up" and give your complexion a dull appearance. Pigmented areas will appear darker, and fine lines and wrinkles will seem deeper. Plus, when the skin is exfoliated, it will be more prepared for serums and moisturizers to penetrate properly.
GM: This is completely dependent on the individual's skin type. Our skin changes day to day due to changing hormone levels, therefore your routine may change. I believe it is important to have an open dialogue with your esthetician or dermatologist to discuss the frequency that’s right for you. [Editor’s Note: In the meantime, start with once a week.]
GM: I recommend a stronger scrub, like Ayur-Medic's Anti-Bacterial Wash ($27) for acne-prone skin, and their Orange Blossom Exfoliant Scrub ($27) for normal skin. AmorePacific has a wonderful Treatment Enzyme Peel ($60) that has powder-y granules that turns into a paste with warm water, which is great for all skin types. If your skin is extremely delicate, I recommend a pumpkin exfoliant or a papaya enzyme peel that doesn't contain actual granulated beads. [Editor’s Note: try the Resurfacing Mask ($55) from Tata Harper]
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