There’s a right and a wrong way to ditch dead skin cells.

Everyone knows they’re supposed to be exfoliating but fewer seem to know how to do it correctly. Exfoliating is all about striking a balance: encouraging new cell growth by sloughing off dead cells without harming the healthy.

Don’t

  • Don’t over exfoliate. Dear over-zealous buffer, you’re doing more harm than good. Over exfoliating can damage the outer layer of your skin, permanently.
  • Don’t use a scrub with large particles (you know what apricot scented drugstore product we’re talking about). These reap havoc on your skin.
  • Don’t expose your skin to the sun or harsh elements after exfoliating. Be mindful that a protective layer of skin has been removed – wear sun protection, a hat, or stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Don’t exfoliate until sunburned skin is healed, breakouts clear up, or an irritated complexion is soothed.


Do

  • Do take cues from your skin. Directions and frequency printed on packaging are there to help guide you, but exfoliating isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. Some dermatologists recommend twice weekly, others go as far to say daily. We prefer that you test a new product on a small portion of your face twice during a week before adding or subtracting treatments. Ease your skin into the routine.
  • Do work up to adding another exfoliation to your weekly routine if your skin reacts positively.
  • Do reduce treatments if your skin becomes red, flaky, irritated or peels.
  • Do give an exfoliator a month or two to see results. An exfoliator should make your skin immediately smoother, but that glow may take a little time.
  • Do take care of your skin post exfoliation. Apply a serum that will heal and invigorate new cell growth and a moisturizer with sun protection for the day or nourishing properties for the night.
  • Do remember the rest of your body. Our faces are not the only areas that need a little extra love. Make Green Clean and pumice gloves part of your daily routine in the shower. Pay special attention to elbows, knees, and areas prone to ingrowns.


Chemical or Scrub?
That’s the question we hear the most. There’s no reason these two need to be pitted against each other, and using a scrub doesn’t have to be a more invasive or harsher way to exfoliate. We prefer scrubs that are extremely fine and will buff without irritating. Check out the super fine pumice in our Power Scrub Exfoliating Wash. A scrub and peel can be used in the same routine – consider using a peel in the evening and following up with a scrub the following morning, once a week. Use the scrub or peel by its lonesome a few days after doubling up. We like Glycolic Acid so much we formulated our Power Peel to use the acid to reveal your skin’s radiance.

And remember, if you’re worried you’ve over-exfoliated and are experiencing any extreme redness or bleeding, get to your dermatologist or aesthetician ASAP.

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