5 Things You Need to Know Before Exfoliating Your Face

If you have sensitive skin, you probably stay away from scrubs because you don’t want your skin to be a red, raw-looking mess. And if you’re acne-prone, a peel definitely seems insane because breakouts, right? Wrong. Turns out exfoliation can benefit every skin type.


In addition to revealing fresh skin cells, exfoliating removes dead cells from pores, making them appear smaller, leaving your makeup looking better. So, find out the routine that’s right for your skin type and get glowing.


1. In case you wondering if exfoliating will strip your dry skin? No. Not necessarily. Your best bet: gentle chemical exfoliators or a light facial scrub like Simple Skincare’s Smoothing Facial Scrub.




2. If you are acne prone and have an oily face; just make sure to stay away from rough physical scrubs which can contribute to breakouts. Try Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask.




3. If you are extra sensitive, Gritty scrubs are definitely off-limits, but most people can benefit from a mild, short-contact exfoliating product. Consider a cleanser or toner rich in fruit or plant enzymes, twice a week, to deep clean gently. opt for MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Hydrating Mist.




4. What should I do with my normal skin? Normal usually means combo — an oily T-zone and dry cheeks — which can benefit from the Goldilocks of exfoliators: baking soda. Go for products like BeautyRx Skincare by Dr. Schultz Advanced Exfoliating Therapy Pads.





5. Should I exfoliate in the morning or night?
Either is fine, but if you use treatments at night like retinol, you may want to exfoliate before bed, as your skin will be more receptive once dead surface cells have been removed.