When it comes to ensuring super soft skin, exfoliating is key. No, it’s more than key. It’s the only thing. Well, that and moisturizer. But here’s the deal: without first exfoliating away those dead, dull, dry and yucky skin cells that are clogging your pores and hiding your luminosity, your pricey (or not so pricey) beauty products can’t work their magic. Experts Elizabeth Murchison from Guinot and Katrina Lynam from ESPA share 5 exfoliation tips to ensure your skin is always soft, smooth and supple.

Exfoliate at night. The best time to exfoliate is in the evening after cleansing and toning your skin. While you sleep, your skincare products will penetrate more deeply and be more effective because you’ve exfoliated.

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Exfoliate in the shower. If you exfoliate in the shower, you’ll have the added benefit of steam to help open the pores and stimulate circulation.

Exfoliate before Shaving. If you plan on waxing or shaving, exfoliate first since the act of exfoliation encourages ingrown hairs to come to the surface.

Exfoliate after Sun. If you exfoliate away the outer most layer of your skin before you go in the sun, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s rays.

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Exfoliate often. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, exfoliating too often can stimulate your oil glands so aim for once a week. Have normal or combination skin? Exfoliate twice a week. Dry or dehydrated skin can be exfoliated two to three times a week to encourage cell turnover. Have sensitive skin? Just once a week will do.

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