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how to exfoliate

How To Exfoliate Your Face

Gentle exfoliation should be a regular step in your skin care regimen no matter what your skin type. Some dead cells are sloughed off when you wash your face with a cloth, brush, or sponge, but scrubs and exfoliating cleansers can further polish skin to improve texture, tone and clarity.

For oily and acne-prone skin, exfoliation removes the dead surface cells that clog pores and trigger breakouts. For dry skin, exfoliation polishes away dull, parched patches to reveal a healthy glow. In addition, regular exfoliation helps stimulate circulation and promote cellular renewal for smoother, vibrant, younger-looking skin.

Step-by-Step Guide
  1. Cleanse. Use your regular cleanser to remove dirt and debris. It's better to begin exfoliation with a clean face so that you do not rub impurities deeper into pores.
  2. Dampen. Splash lukewarm water over face and neck.
  3. Exfoliate. Use a facial scrub or exfoliating cleanser specifically designed for the face - body scrubs can scratch and irritate the skin on the face. Massage the product over the face and neck in gentle, circular motions using your fingers, brush or sponge. We recommend Face Oasis™ Dual-Action Exfoliating Cleanser or Sea Mineral Scrub.
  4. Rinse. Use lukewarm water, never hot, as it can irritate delicate new skin.
  5. Dry. Gently pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.
  6. Moisturize. Always follow exfoliation with a moisturizer suited for your skin type to help soothe newly exposed skin and replenish it with vital nutrients.
Helpful Hints
  • Always use sunscreen. Exfoliating can make your skin more susceptible to burning and damage from harmful UV rays.
  • Never use a body scrub on your face. It can irritate and scratch delicate skin.
  • Always avoid the delicate eye area where skin is thin and sensitive.
  • Avoid exfoliating if your skin is sunburned or has scratches or wounds.