Why You Should Add a Facial Mask to Your Skincare Routine

Why You Should Add a Facial Mask to Your Skincare Routine

Skin Exfoliation is important

TIPS ON HOW TO USE FACIAL MASKS & FINDING THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOUR SKIN CONCERN

Skincare facial masks are a great addition to everyone’s Regimen routine because they can enhance results. Think of facial masks as a way to give your regular skincare some extra “oomph.” In fact, dermatologists often supplement their treatments or facial products with precise facial masks to visibly minimize the symptoms associated with the skin concern. For instance, those on acne protocols use masks to gently clear pores or calm the red, inflamed skin associated with active acne—let facial masks do the work for you!

Do Facial Masks Actually Work?

Facial masks are on the rise due to a new focus on self-care, but Rodan + Fields masks are here to make you look as good as you feel. Rodan + Fields developed specific formulations to address secondary skin concerns like clogged pores, the occasional breakout, dull skin, fine lines and wrinkles, redness or dry skin. The great news is that you can mask match—choose a mask that boosts your regular Regimen results—or mix and mask—choose a facial mask to address a secondary skin concern!

Filling Skin Needs With Rodan + Fields Skincare Facial Masks

Dr. Katie Rodan, Dr. Kathy Fields and the team of scientists at Rodan + Fields developed facial masks for the top common skin concerns that bring people in to see a dermatologist. As the facial masks contain unique ingredients, they can also be paired with the corresponding Regimen (e.g., Redefine Regimen + Redefine Rejuvenation Mask) to boost results—without the visit to the doctor’s office!

Sometimes addressing skin concerns can feel like playing whack-a-mole: you get one under control, only to realize now you’re dealing with dryness, fine lines, and other issues. In this case, facial masks can also come to the rescue. Use them to address skin concerns outside of a primary Regimen (e.g. a Redefine Regimen user could use the Reverse Radiance Mask to address dullness and uneven skin tone).

On top of that, facial masks are so easy to use. Forget mixing, preparations, and cutting out paper masks that never fit right. Simply apply to clean, dry skin, set a 10-minute timer, rinse thoroughly and apply your remaining skincare routine—no painful removal!

Which Facial Mask Should I Use?

Here is a rundown of the available facial mask skincare to help you identify which is best for your skin. As usual, anyone with sensitive skin should patch test the mask on a small area of the jawline for 10 minutes prior to full face application.

Redefine Rejuvenation Mask: Boost Youthful-Looking Skin

Who? Struggling with signs of aging? As you age, your skin’s defenses weaken and skin loses elasticity and moisture. The Redefine Rejuvenation Mask is for someone who wants to visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve the appearance of firmness, and moisturize skin over time.

Why? The bubbling gel-foam formulation includes Jojoba beads to buff off any dry, scaly spots to prepare skin for super hydrating 3D3P technology to draw in and lock hydration onto skin for immediately smoother, younger-looking skin.

Reverse Radiance Mask: Ready for Radiance

Who? Are you noticing skin dullness, uneven skin tone or excessive pigmentation due to unprotected exposure to the sun?

Why? This golden metallic mask uses turmeric to visibly even skin tone and glycolic acid for smoother and brighter-looking skin—plus you’ll feel like a golden goddess while you use the Reverse Radiance Mask. Our proprietary Retinal-MD Vitamin A technology—the highest potency available without a prescription—will visibly smooth and firm the skin.

Unblemish Clarifying Mask: Blemishes Begone

Who? Do you have excessive oil, clogged pores, breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, acne or blemishes? Banish those blemishes! See more balanced skin in just 10 minutes with the Unblemish Clarifying Mask.

Why? The active 10% sulfur dries down excess oil and acne blemishes, and tea tree helps purify and refresh skin. Oat bran extract smooths and reduces visible redness and blotchiness associated with breakouts. Be sure to stay away from eyes and keep towel by the sink as you rinse thoroughly.

Recharge Detox Mask: Best for Skin Detox

Who? Do you see clogged pores, dull skin and dryness, and you want to detoxify and degrease the skin without leaving it dry and parched?

Why? This unique mask combines charcoal to detoxify and draw out impurities, and volcanic sand to exfoliate, revealing a radiant complexion and smooth skin texture. The Recharge Detox Mask helps to nourish and balance skin by both breaking down excess oil and depositing antioxidant-rich conditioning coconut and avocado oils, and mango seed butter.

Soothe Rescue Mask: Save Irritable Skin

Who? Do you have skin that feels dry, tired, red, irritated, sensitive or taxed from the environment (wind, heat, sun, cold)? The Soothe Rescue Mask is for anyone that believes that their skin needs some TLC.

Why? This green facial mask contains hydration-attracting glycerin to help maintain the protective moisture barrier, plus calamine and other botanicals to neutralize or help visibly calm skin.

How Do I Use a Facial Mask With My Current Skincare Routine?

Your mask can fit easily into your skincare routine morning or night—plus you can use it while you brush your teeth or take care of other things—multi-masking at its finest! First, remove all your makeup, then cleanse with your Regimen’s face wash. Be sure to pat your face dry before applying the mask. Keep it on for 10 minutes then rinse and continue with your regular routine.

Can I Blend Two Facial Masks Together?

It might seem tempting to make your masks do double time by blending them together, but blending formulas reduces the effectiveness since now you have 50% of the formulation. Also, mask formulations are not created to be combined—each one is tested for safety, effectiveness, and stability by itself and not with additional ingredients.

But there is another way that you can mix and mask! Apply each mask on a separate area of your face. For instance, if you have occasional breakouts on the chin but dry skin with lines and wrinkles, we have your combo. Apply Unblemish Clarifying Mask on the chin and Redefine Rejuvenation Mask on the remainder of your face and neck. What if your skin looks dull and has discoloration, but your nose has clogged pores? Apply the Recharge Detox mask to the nose and Reverse Radiance Mask on the other areas. Get creative and have fun with it!

Guide to using multiple facial masks.

Tips for Your Best Results

  • Apply enough product so that you cannot see your skin through the product.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water, keep a towel nearby and your eyes closed, and be sure to clean the nasal folds.
  • Don’t overwork your skin. Skin might be more vulnerable with masking, so refrain from using the AMP MD micro-exfoliating derma roller or the Pore Cleansing MD System prior to or after masking.
  • Make a date with yourself! Mark your calendar so that you remember to find some relaxation time and better-looking skin once to twice a week.
  • A skincare facial mask cannot replace your skincare Regimen. For your best results, use the Regimen twice daily to get and keep great skin. A two to three-times-a-week mask application does not provide a multi-faceted solution for your primary skin concern but remember that it can boost results or address a secondary issue.
  • Your skin changes with time, through the seasons, and your lifestyle choices, so be open to expanding your mask choices. Soothe Rescue Mask should be a staple for any vacation since it addresses irritation and dryness from travel.
  • Exfoliating helps get rid of a layer of dead skin cells and allows the ingredients in your mask to get to the surface cells and pores easier. We recommend using Enhancements Micro-Dermabrasion Paste.
  • Take 10 for yourself—that’s all you need! Leaving a mask on for an extra-long time doesn’t ensure it will work better. Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging and set your cell phone timer.
  • All in all, make the application your own and alternate masks through the seasons and as you age.     Unmask healthier-looking skin!

Written by Mary Radford, RN

Mary Radford, RNBA, has an extensive background in Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, and Aesthetic Spas. She worked side by side with Dr. Katie Rodan as a Registered Nurse in her dermatology office before being recruited to Rodan + Fields in 2004, where she currently focuses on Field Education + Tools.

 

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study.

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How to Get Rid of Dead Skin On Your Face Safely

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin On Your Face Safely

Safe Skin Care

Your skin naturally sheds around a million cells a day. Knowing how to get rid of dead skin on your face properly is crucial knowledge for a healthy, fresh complexion. Also known as skin rejuvenation, the act of removing dead skin can be complicated to get right. Wondering where to start? Read on to learn how to do it safely and effectively. 

What Causes Dead Skin on the Face?

The skin is our biggest organ of the body, and is exposed to the outside world. Skin is constantly protecting us from environmental factors including the sun’s UV rays, pollution, changing weather and temperatures. Dead skin is basically dead skin cells that sit on the surface of the skin, caused by the natural cell turnover that’s happening every second.  Therefore, dead skin on the face is caused by environmental stressors, a new skincare product, skin damage or simply the cell turnover rate.

How to Get Rid of Dead Skin On your Face

The best way to rejuvenate and remove dead skin from the face is to gently treat skin with exfoliants or moisturizers, depending on your skin type. Since different exfoliators may not work for every skin type, it’s essential to consider skin type before choosing an exfoliation method. By consistently keeping your complexion free of excessive dead skin cells, skin will look and feel fresh, healthy and vibrant.

Physical Products

An exfoliating face mask or treatment, by default, are heroes when it comes to dead skin on the face. Exfoliators buff away dead skin cells and reveal the new skin layer below. This results in a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion. If skin dryness, redness or other issues are present, rely on moisturizers for a few days before exfoliators. This helps to prevent a damaged skin barrier. Once skin seems hydrated and ready, you can rely on exfoliants to finish the job. If you choose to exfoliate, make sure your skin is ready in that the exfoliant doesn’t damage your skin, lead to breakouts, or increase redness. Examples of exfoliants include peels, scrubs, and microdermabrasion treatments. Sometimes a great exfoliating face wash can even be effective at removing dead skin from the face.

Chemical Products

Chemicals can either make or break your skin’s condition when it comes to removing dead skin. Chemical products can very successfully remove dead skin cells, but they can also dry or irritate skin. Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and chemical peels are some of the most common treatments used for removing dead skin on the face. Chemical peels are very popular in salons or as an at-home treatment, and generally affordable and relatively safe. Dead skin cells are usually removed easily, with one treatment being successful at proper removal.

Products to Avoid

It might seem counterintuitive, but there are certain exfoliating products you should avoid for getting rid of dead skin on the face. Exfoliants formulated for use on the body, for example, should never be used on the delicate skin on the face. Peels and other products with harsher, active ingredients should be considered for your particular skin type or left on the shelf for the time being. It is also wise to resist the urge to over-exfoliate, as you could damage the skin barrier and make the skin vulnerable to redness and sensitivity and other reactions.

Consider Skin Type

Remember to read all labels and use products designed and formulated for your particular skin type. By remaining diligent about which products you are using, especially on your delicate complexion, you can avoid the dryness that sometimes accompanies dead skin cells. Becoming well-versed in your skin type and the products, ingredients and skincare routines that suit it, you are fully taking care and control of your skin health. Not sure what your skin type is? Here is a quick guide:

Normal

Normal skin does not show signs of peeling or excessive oiliness anywhere on the face. Normal skin also does not usually show signs of redness, enlarged pores, or feeling of sensitivity.

Sensitive

Sensitive skin is something you can feel, but also something you can see.  Visible or feelings of dryness, redness, burning, or itchiness are signs of skin sensitivity.

Oily

Oily skin is common, especially in younger demographics. People with oily skin have excess oil and shine in their T-zones or all over the face. Large pores may also be visible.

Dry

Dry skin often has visible symptoms of peeling, flaking, red areas, and dehydration. Physical symptoms include the feeling of tightness or taut skin.

Combination

The most common skin type, combination skin is known to be oily in the T-zone (across your forehead, down your nose, to your chin) and then dry or normal in the other areas. Lipids are unevenly distributed throughout your complexion.

Preventing Dead Skin on Your Face

The key to preventing dead skin on your skin is by being diligent with skin protection, cleanliness, exfoliation, and moisturization. Always remember that balance is key, and do nothing in excess when it comes to your skin. Products like a facial serum can help keep that balance in between more abrasive treatments. By working with your natural cell turnover and oils, you can improve and prevent dead skin on the face.

In Conclusion

Skin cells have a very short lifespan, so it is completely natural that dead skin builds up on your face. By keeping skin happy and healthy, you may not even notice it very often.

Sources

  1. US National Library of Medicine. Wound Healing and Nutrition: Going Beyond Dressings With a Balanced Care Plan.
  2. American Academy of Dermatology Association. How to Safely Exfoliate at Home.
  3. Journal of Aesthetic Nursing. An introduction to superficial, medium, deep and combination chemical peels.
  4. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Determine Your Skin Type.

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study.

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How to Choose Between Tinted Moisturizer & Foundation

How to Choose Between Tinted Moisturizer & Foundation

Skin Exfoliation is important

A few decades ago, your only option for covering up uneven (and maybe breakout-prone) skin was a thick, cakey foundation. These days, there are a lot more options when it comes to coverage, from high-quality foundations to smooth, silky tinted moisturizers. But what are the pros and cons of each, and how can you decide which one is right for your skin? Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Tinted Moisturizer?

A tinted moisturizer is a moisturizing makeup product used for light to medium coverage. “A tinted moisturizer is meant to enhance one’s complexion and is not designed to be used as a moisturizer in your regular skincare routine,” explains Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Michele Green.

In other words, while it offers moisturizing benefits on top of coverage, it shouldn’t replace your regular moisturizer.

Benefits of tinted moisturizer

One of the top benefits of a tinted moisturizer is that on top of providing light to medium coverage, it will also moisturize your skin. “Most formulas are packed with humectant moisturizing ingredients,” explains Dr. Green. “Humectants draw moisture from the atmosphere and encourage moisture retention within the skin, providing a hydrating effect and a radiant, healthy glow.

Cons of tinted moisturizer

The only real con to a tinted moisturizer is that it won’t offer heavy coverage. So if you’re looking for more coverage, you might want to opt for a foundation.

What type of skin is it suitable for?

According to Dr. Green, tinted moisturizers are suitable for all skin types. “Tinted moisturizers are available in varying finishes and formulas, meaning that no matter what skin type you have, there is a tinted moisturizer that will suit your skin,” she explains. “Individuals who have oily skin and are prone to acne breakouts should select a tinted moisturizer that is non-comedogenic. If a skincare product is labeled as non-comedogenic, it indicates that it won’t clog the pores, helping to prevent acne breakouts from occurring. Those who have dry skin should instead opt for a tinted moisturizer that contains hydrating skincare ingredients.”

Not sure what type of skin you have? “To determine your skin type, wash your skin with a gentle cleanser. Without applying any skincare products, your natural skin texture and tone will give you clues as to what skin type you have,” suggests Dr. Green. “Check the appearance of your skin several hours after washing. If you’re shiny, you have oily skin. If you’re flaky, red, or irritated, you have dry skin. Having patches of oily and dry skin means that you have combination skin. Normal skin won’t be dry or flaky but will look and feel hydrated and healthy.”

What is Foundation?

Foundation is a makeup product meant to provide a base, or foundation, for the rest of your makeup. “Foundation provides medium to full coverage and creates an even-toned complexion,” explains Dr. Green.

Stumped as to what the difference between tinted moisturizer and foundation is? Here’s everything you need to know.

Benefits of foundation

The main benefit of foundation, according to Dr. Green, is that “it will provide full coverage and help to camouflage the appearance of areas of facial hyperpigmentation such as age spots that a product like a tinted moisturizer won’t be able to conceal.”

Cons of foundation

If you’re prone to breakouts or acne, it’s important to be very careful when choosing a foundation, because the wrong foundation can worsen any existing issues related to breaking out.

“Individuals who are prone to acne may find that many foundations cause comedonal acne as a result of the pores becoming clogged,” explains Dr. Green. “Individuals with dry skin may notice that many foundations make their skin appear flaky and uneven. The key to preventing skin irritation and acne lesions from developing is to find a foundation or tinted moisturizer that caters to the unique needs of your skin type.”

What type of skin is it suitable for?

Foundation is suitable for all skin types, according to Dr. Green, but it’s important to carefully read ingredients to make sure the foundation you choose won’t irritate your skin, cause breakout, the list goes on.

Final Thoughts on Tinted Moisturizers vs Foundation

So, is tinted moisturizer better than foundation, or vice versa? Dr. Green says it’s not as simple as that — it all comes down to your preference around use of makeup, both from a coverage and skincare perspective.

“So long as the product is used correctly and the chosen foundation or tinted moisturizer is appropriate for the user’s skin type, either product is okay for use,” she says. “A makeup or skincare product can potentially cause skin irritation or acne breakouts if the formula of the product is not suited to the skin type of the user. In other words, neither a tinted moisturizer or a foundation is inherently bad for your skin health unless the product is not meant to be used with your skin type.”

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study.

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Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

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How to Even Skin Tone on Your Face

How to Even Skin Tone on Your Face

How to even your skin tone

If you suffer from uneven skin tone, rest assured that you’re not alone. “Uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation is often characterized by skin discoloration and is a result of an overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin and hair color,” explains cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green. “This overproduction of melanin often occurs unevenly which results in dark spots and patches.”

While common—a form of hyperpigmentation called melasma impacts approximately five million people in the United States and has a prevalence rate of 40% in some populations—anyone who has ever dealt with this issue has probably wondered how to get even the skin tone on their face. Here’s everything you need to know.

What Causes An Uneven Skin Tone?

There are many factors that contribute to uneven skin tone, according to Dr. Green. These include:

Hormones

According to Dr. Green, hormonal fluctuations can cause an increased risk of hyperpigmentation, especially in the form of melasma. “Many individuals may experience this while taking oral contraceptives or during pregnancy,” she notes.

Genetics

For some people, an uneven skin tone is as simple as a genetic predisposition. “Individuals are more prone to uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation based on their family history,” Dr Green says. “For example, there is a strong hereditary component to the hyperpigmentation disorder melasma with half of the patients reporting a positive family history.”

Skin Tone

The tone of your skin might make you more likely to develop hyperpigmentation. “Individuals with darker brown skin are more likely to develop an uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation since they naturally have more melanin,” Dr. Green says.

Laser Damage

Sometimes, a dermatologist or other skin expert might use a laser treatment that isn’t suited to your skin, which can lead to uneven skin tone. “If laser treatment is used on a skin tone that it is not well suited for, it can result in skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation,” Dr. Green says. “This is often because the energy or heat of the laser is too high for a particular skin tone and your body reacts by increasing melanin production.”

Steps to Even Your Facial Skin Tone

What can I do to brighten my face? How can I fix discoloration on my face? How can I prevent uneven skin tone? Dr. Green shares some answers to these questions and steps you can take to help even out skin tone:

Step 1: Start using sunscreen

Before thinking about the steps you should take to even out your facial tone, start by using sunscreen to prevent further damage. “Always use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and above daily and to reapply every two hours,” Dr. Green says.

Step 2: Use a vitamin C serum

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that inhibits melanin synthesis by downregulating the activity of the enzyme tyrosinase, Dr. Green says. “This will help fade hyperpigmentation that may appear as sunspots, age spots, and melasma.”

Step 3: Try a retinol

Known for its anti-aging benefits, retinol can help even out skin tone, too. “Retinol inhibits the activity of tyrosinase which helps to lighten the skin while also improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, which can help make skin look more even.”

Step 4: Consult a board-certified dermatologist to discuss cosmetic procedures

If you’re not getting the results you want from your skincare products, consider consulting a professional. “Consult with a board-certified dermatologist. Several cosmetic procedures can help like the Cosmelan Peel, Fraxel Laser, AlexTrivantage Laser, Clear + Brilliant, Chemical Peels, and more,” Dr. Green says.

Other Facial Skin Tone Treatments

Here are other things you can do to achieve an even skin tone on your face:

Natural treatments

Vitamin C serum is a great natural treatment option for uneven skin tone. “As a strong antioxidant ingredient, Vitamin C can combat the negative effects of harmful free radicals in the environment that contribute to the development of the signs of premature skin aging, including hyperpigmentation,” Dr. Green says. “Vitamin C also helps to inhibit melanin production in the skin, thus brightening overall skin complexion. Additionally, Vitamin C plays a role in the synthesis of collagen in the skin. By promoting skin cell regeneration and inducing the production of collagen, vitamin C improves both the texture and tone of the skin.”

Lifestyle Measures

The most important lifestyle measure you can take to even the skin tone on your face, Dr. Green says, is sun protection.

“Everyone should wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above regularly because it is one of the best and easiest ways to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation and prevent hyperpigmentation,” she says. “Pregnant women, in particular, should be diligent in applying sunscreen regularly. During pregnancy, it is common for patients to suffer from a skin condition known as melasma. Melasma often results due to hormonal fluctuations and presents itself as patches of skin that are darker than the patient’s natural skin tone. Sun exposure can worsen melasma and any hyperpigmentation so wearing sunscreen is especially important”

Medical Procedures

While you should always talk to your dermatologist about which procedures might be right for you, Dr. Green says chemical peels, laser treatments, and other procedures can be helpful when it comes to evening out skin tone. But as mentioned above, the wrong treatment can actually worsen hyperpigmentation—so make sure to have a thorough conversation beforehand.

How Can You Prevent an Uneven Skin Tone?

The very best thing you can do to prevent uneven skin tone? It probably won’t come as a surprise at this point, but you should apply sunscreen.

“The best thing you can do for your skin to prevent uneven skin tone from occurring or worsening is to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above daily and reapply every two hours,” Dr. Green says. “Sunscreen is great for protecting against hyperpigmentation that is a result of sun exposure. Excessive sun exposure will result in an increase in melanin production in the skin which ultimately manifests as hyperpigmentation.”

Key Takeaways

Long story short: Hyperpigmentation, otherwise known as uneven skin tone, is common—but there’s a lot you can do to make it less visible and protect your skin from further damage.

Reference Pages

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nomanazish/2019/10/31/how-to-get-an-even-skin-tone-according-to-dermatologists/

https://www.kiehls.com/skincare-advice/how-to-even-skin-tone.html

https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/how-to-get-even-skin

https://usa.renskincare.com/blogs/clean-thoughts/5-natural-ways-to-achieve-an-even-skin-tone

https://www.ipsy.com/blog/how-to-even-skin-tone

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study.

Learn more about Rodan + Fields  and how you can get your most radiant skin ever. Trust your skin’s glow to the Doctors and to your consultant who know how to help you get your skin glowing.

Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

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How to Exfoliate Without Damaging Your Skin

How to Exfoliate Without Damaging Your Skin

Skin Exfoliation is important

We hear about exfoliation quite a bit as a means of keeping our skin smooth, moisturized, and healthy. After all, how can we get a glowing, healthy-looking complexion if we’re constantly dealing with dead skin cells that pile up?

But knowing that exfoliation is a good idea and knowing how to exfoliate are two entirely different things. Here, we break down exactly what exfoliation is, and how to exfoliate without damaging your skin.

What is exfoliation?

According to Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, the purpose of exfoliation is to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and clear out congested pores to reveal a brighter, smoother complexion.

“Exfoliation plays into the life cycle of skin cells which is about 3 months in children and about 28 days in adults,” she explains. “With age, the dead skin cells that accumulate tend to take longer to shed from the surface of the skin. Dead skin cells build up and clog pores and lead to a dry and dull complexion and rough texture.”

Benefits of exfoliating

The main benefit of exfoliation, according to Dr. Green, is to help speed up cell turnover rate. “Exfoliation also allows serums, treatments, and moisturizers applied afterward to penetrate deeper into the skin and deliver the best benefits,” she explains.

Skin types that are suitable for exfoliation

All skin types are suitable for exfoliation, but you might have to make some tweaks in terms of how you exfoliate based on your skin type. For example, chemical exfoliants, which typically contain beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) can be great for sensitive or dry skin, according to Dr. Green. AHAs are great for dry skin because they don’t cause irritation, while BHAs are great for oily or acne-prone skin. With normal skin, you should feel comfortable going with a physical or chemical exfoliant.

How to exfoliate without damaging your skin

If you want to exfoliate without damaging your skin, there are a few key components to keep in mind, according to Dr. Green.

“Exfoliating too often or scrubbing too hard can strip the skin’s natural protective barrier and remove the essential oils present that provide hydration and healthy skin,” she explains. “This can lead to redness, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, dryness, infection, or acne breakouts. Stripping the skin of essential moisturizing oils can cause the skin to respond by overproducing sebum, which can then become trapped in the pores and lead to the formation of acne breakouts.”

It’s best to start slowly and gradually increase frequency of exfoliant use if you want to avoid irritated skin. “There is nothing wrong with decreasing the frequency if your skin shows any signs of irritation,” Dr. Green says. “It is highly recommended that you discuss with a board-certified dermatologist to determine which exfoliant and skincare regimen would be best for your specific skin type. If you’re experiencing redness, itchiness, or irritation, avoid using any exfoliants until your skin is healed.”

How to exfoliate the face

Before trying an exfoliating cleanser on the face, Dr. Green recommends applying it to your inner arm first.

“If you are trying a new exfoliating product, perform a patch test on your inner arm before applying to the face to ensure that the product will not cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction,” she says. “To perform a patch test, place a small amount of the product on clean skin and leave the area be for at least 24 hours. If there is no skin irritation after use such as redness, swelling, itching, burning, or rash, then the product should be safe to use on the face.”

Exfoliation on the face should be performed two to three times a week, and always remember to use a moisturizer afterward.

How to exfoliate the body

Since the skin on the body tends to be less sensitive than skin on the face, it’s easier to exfoliate it without damaging the skin, but you should still perform Dr. Green’s patch test before exfoliating your entire body. With a really high-quality body scrub, you can exfoliate your body two to three times a week, and be sure to use a moisturizer afterward.

How to exfoliate the legs

With a body scrub and a brush or sponge, exfoliate your legs by using short, gentle strokes on the skin. Just make sure to avoid any areas that have cuts, as an exfoliating scrub can further irritate those areas and slow down the healing process.

How to exfoliate the feet

Exfoliating the feet is different from exfoliating other parts of the body. You’ll want to soak your feet a few times a week, then use a pumice stone to slough off dead skin cells. Be sure to moisturize afterward, just as you would when exfoliating other parts of the body.

How often should you exfoliate?

You should not exfoliate every day, as doing so can cause dryness or irritation. Two to three times per week is the ideal amount.

Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine. With the proper attention, care, and the right products, you can say goodbye to dead skin cells and easily exfoliate your skin without irritating it. Enjoy!

*All referenced results are based on an 8-week U.S. clinical and consumer study.

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Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle, and diet.

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*information is taken from The Skincare Source.

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