We Answer: Do You Really Need To Exfoliate?

Think your beauty routine can be whittled down to cleanser and an SPF that doubles as a moisturizer? Well, you’re not SO far off, and we totally support “You Do You!,” but if you’re asking us as beauty experts, uh, no. You cannot. Or we should say: you should not.

Because, girl, your skin needs a scrub down and that soap isn’t gonna cut it.

You need to exfoliate.

Why You Need To Exfoliate

Your skin is constantly – and we mean constantly! – rebuilding itself by producing new skin cells on the regular. And while this is great for your skin’s healing potential (it’s what heals a pimple, cut, or sunburn), it also means that sometimes there’s a skin cell traffic jam where your old skin cells haven’t yet gotten out of the way and the new ones are already coming in.

The younger you are, the better your old skin cells are at moving on out of the way and sloughing off. But as you age, your skin becomes stickier and those old skin cells tend to stick around well past their welcome.

The result of a skin cell traffic jam: clogged pores, dull skin, and a sallow complexion. Oh, and more fines lines and wrinkles too. Generally: bad news.

So, how, you ask, do you keep skin cell traffic moving? YOU EXFOLIATE!

Think of exfoliating like the highly-effective traffic cop of skincare, ensuring all your skin cells do what they’re supposed to do.

Skipping too many exfoliations and, well, you’re firing the traffic cop keeping everything in order (aka flawless!).

How Often Should You Exfoliate

Ideally, you’ll gently cleanse daily with a very mild physical exfoliant (like Ayur-Medic Antibacterial Wash with Exfoliating Beads) or a gentle chemical exfoliant (like SkinCeuticals Purifying Cleanser with glycolic acid).

Then, at least once a week (but ideally more like 2-3 times a week), you’ll pull out the bigger guns and get a bit more aggressive with a scrub (like Arcona Cranberry Gommage) or an acid based mask (like Goldfaden MD Fresh-A-Peel).

And then every 6-8 weeks you’ll get a facial where they’ll go even deeper.

What’s The Bare Minimum On This Exfoliating Situation?

At the bare minimum, toss a teaspoon of white sugar in to your cleaner a few times a week to give your skin a healthy scrub-a-dub-dub.

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