New year, new skin. No, really. Exfoliating brings fresh new skin cells to the surface so you look healthier and younger. While we maintain that true microdermabrasion should be done by a pro, regular at-home exfoliation means removing the dull, dead and dry cells that are clogging pores and keeping you from glowing. Think you know how to exfoliate already? Well, we’ve got a few, simple tips everyone should follow. Here’s what you should know before you start sloughing:

  • Dry, acne-prone and sensitive skin types should stick to very gentle physical exfoliants (scrubs) or chemical exfoliants (products with an exfoliating acid, like alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA). Use it only a couple times a week and always follow with a good moisturizer.
  • Normal skin? Use either a scrub or a chemical exfoliant on the regular and of course moisturize after.
  • Use your anti-aging products at night and exfoliate in the morning. While freshly exfoliated skin will absorb the active ingredients in your skincare products readily, be careful about which products you use. Retinol, for instance, is a chemical exfoliant used in anti-aging moisturizers. You may find that the combination of a scrub and retinol is irritating. Even a more gentle AHA moisturizer might be too much. Instead, focus on using your nourishing products, like a moisturizing serum or hyaluronic acid cream.

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