Baby soft skin is my most favorite skincare ROI that I could ever receive… wellll…. non-pigmented, clear skin doesn’t hurt either, but I absolutely adore when I wake up with baby soft skin. Who’s with me!? I think because my skin can often be so dry and dull, I strive so hard to get dewey, soft skin because it makes me feel glowing & beautiful! Whatever your reason for soft skin, we’re here to help you get there!
#CheekyConfidential With any exfoliating skincare routine, it’s crucial that you wear sufficient sunscreen especially on the days after a good exfoliation.
When it comes to exfoliating, there is a TON of room for error! Not only can over exfoliating lead to dryness, redness and irritation, it can actually lead to long term damage which none of us want! Exfoliating is really simple in and of itself though.. it’s basically the process of removing the dead, top layers of your skin to expose new, soft skin. Our skin sheds its top layer every 30-45 days depending on your age & the older you get, the more your skin is need of proper exfoliation.
What to know about proper exfoliation….
- Exfoliate at night rather than in the morning
- Don’t forget to exfoliate your neck and hands
- Suffer from body acne? Lather up the whole bod with a great exfoliator
- Rubbing off your mask or exfoliating product with a towel is considered extra exfoliation so be sure to pat dry
- Consider applying hydrating products like serums, moisturizers, or an overnight mask immediately after you exfoliate for best results
- Coarser is not always better
- You can actually over exfoliate your skin
- Over exfoliating your skin can cause dryness & irritation
- Skin care brushes like Clarisonic’s are technically considered an exfoliant
- Proper exfoliation can actually help your skin soak in the products that much more
- Perform your exfoliation by going in circular motions
- Don’t exfoliate on top of irritated or burned skin
Oily, Acne Prone Skin Routine
Glycolic acid is one of the best exfoliating products on the market for acne. A product containing 10%+ glycolic acid, used 2-3 times a week, is an important part of an anti-acne skincare routine.
*Dry Skin Routine
Enzyme-based exfoliants are gentle & effective and can be used 1 to 3 times per week to help remove dead cells, excess oil, and surface debris. (I have sensitive skin & personally love glycolic acids, so to each their own)
Combination Skin Routine
Salicylic acid can be extremely gentle when it needs to be & an amazing exfoliator for the areas that need it most. Consider using a salicylic-based exfoliator 1-3 times a week.
*Sensitive Skin Routine
Consider a gentle alpha hydroxy acid like lactic acid. Consider exfoliating once a week & avoid using a towel to take off the exfoliating mask – it’ll offer even more exfoliation than . you probably need.
*Be careful not to over exfoliate
My Exfoliation Routine
- 2-3 times a week I use Dr. Gross’ Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peels
- I apply Glytone Rejuvenating Mini Peel mask once a week or once every other week (leave on for 10 minutes) – Glytone’s Mini Peel mask gives me crazy soft skin
- Each Saturday morning I apply the Hanacure mask which pulls impurities from my skin
- I probably shave my face twice a week at most which is a great way to exfoliate your skin – I most definitely do it before a night out with my hubby or friends… makeup and skincare products go on smoothly and I’ve got super soft skin
Note: None of these are extremely aggressive or coarse which is really important to note for those of you with sensitive, dry skin.
Let us know how you exfoliate in the comments section below!