When I was 15 years old, I bought my first exfoliator. I was pretty proud of this purchase at the time and expected it to work wonders for my pubescent, acne-ridden face. I loved the gritty stuff. I felt extra clean whenever I used it; plus, it smelled like apricots.
Seems simple, right? And it is - when you know how! But did you know that harsh rubbing can irritate our skin. Red, inflamed, upset skin.
TODAY does have affiliate relationships with various online retailers. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue. Maintaining beautiful skin isn't always easy and it usually takes a careful and consistent skin care routine. While you may know the right way to cleanse and hydrate , you could also be missing a vital step: exfoliating. Exfoliation is an incredibly important part of a skin care routine, helping shed dry, flaky skin and allowing you to feel fresh, bright — and maybe even look a bit younger!
Exfoliation is an essential part of a great skin care routine and cannot be skipped. Though there are numerous ways to exfoliate all exfoliation methods fall into two general categories - chemical exfoliation or physical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation uses acids such as glycolic or salicylic or enzymes like papaya to dissolve dead skin cells.