Facial Exfoliation 101: Everything You Need to Know

Facial Exfoliation 101: Everything You Need to Know

Are you in the know about facial exfoliation? Sure, you might know enough to use a face scrub from time to time, but how deep does your knowledge really go? If you aren’t sure how often exfoliating should fit into your skin care routine, or haven’t considered that there a multitude of ways to slough away dead skin cells from skin’s surface, it sounds like you’re in need of a crash course on facial exfoliation. Because as it turns out, exfoliation isn’t always as simple as using a scrub when the mood strikes. Find out how often facial exfoliation is necessary, how to exfoliate using different popular methods, and the answer to a much-discussed question—does a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush exfoliate?

How Often Should You Exfoliate?

Try to adopt your best friend’s sloughing schedule and you just might find that what works wonders for their skin doesn’t do you any favors. The reason being, not everyone needs the same amount of exfoliation. While your friend may be able to exfoliate their face multiple times every week, once a week—or every other week—could be all your skin can handle. That’s why, even if you think your skin is tough, you won’t want to jump straight to exfoliating every day. It’s best to start with exfoliating just once a week and observing how your skin responds. When and if everything goes smoothly, you can consider (gradually) upping the frequency with which you exfoliate.

How to Exfoliate with a Face Scrub

Face scrubs are undeniably one of the most popular facial exfoliation methods. Next to facial cleansers and moisturizers, they’re one of the basics that hold a spot in most skin care collections. Formulated with exfoliating beads or grains, the scrubs help lift away dead skin cells along with dirt and oil, leaving behind smoother skin. Scrubs formulated with jojoba beads are a nice gentle option that are suitable for even those with sensitive skin.

How to Exfoliate with a Chemical Exfoliator

The concept of a chemical exfoliator may raise the hairs on the back of your neck, conjuring images of intense chemical peels, but they can actually be a gentler way to practice facial exfoliation. Hence, why products formulated with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid have been rapidly rising in popularity. The gentle acids, delivered in cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and more, exfoliate the surface of your skin without relying on manual exfoliation.

Does the Clarisonic Facial Brush Exfoliate?

After learning about exfoliating tools, you might assume you know just the thing to use—the Clarisonic. However, the idea that the Clarisonic facial brush exfoliates is actually a myth! While the Clarisonic is designed to provide your skin with a deep clean that helps to cleanse pores and remove dirt, oil, and other impurities that can dull the skin, it doesn’t exactly exfoliate. Rather, cleansing with a Clarisonic is the perfect first step prior to your chosen method of exfoliation to help accelerate surface skin cell renewal.

However, while the Clarisonic facial brushes don’t exfoliate the skin, Clarisonic’s Smart Profile Uplift with the Smart Turbo Massage Body brush head is the perfect choice for body exfoliation. If you’re in search of a way to slough away dead skin cells below your neck, pair the two for the ultimate body exfoliation.

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