By Noelle Graf
As we settle into the dog days of summer, the last thing we want are clogged pores that keep our skin from looking and feeling its best. What we would like is smoother skin and a more radiant complexion.
Exfoliating is one of the quickest ways to clear the skin of sweat, dirt, dead skin cells and other toxins that clog pores and keep skin from looking refreshed. While many of us neglect the exfoliating step on a regular basis, it’s especially important to make it part of your healthy skincare routine during the transition season.
Why Exfoliate Your Face?
Skin cells renew about every 21 to 28 days, making their way to the surface in four to six weeks. As we age, skin cell turnover actually slows down, taking even longer to regenerate. If skin cells aren’t sloughed away once they hit the end of the life cycle, they can cause skin to look dull and lifeless. Exfoliating helps move the process along and renew the complexion with fresher, younger looking skin.
Polish and Perfect
Exfoliating should be the second step in any skincare routine, right after cleansing. Dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin types only need to exfoliate once or twice a week, while oily and combination skin types can benefit from more frequent sloughing.
Whether you choose a textured surface scrub or a chemical scrub containing alpha-hydroxy and glycolic acids, the ultimate goal of exfoliating is to make it easier for the skin to absorb moisturizers and serums, so skin receives the maximum benefits from your skincare routine. A rich-textured, ultra-gentle scrub like L’Essentials Micro-Exfoliant combines micro-fine jojoba beads with an infusion of Bio-Suisse certified organic botanicals for some serious smoothing power. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve hydration, clear clogged pores and enhance luminosity for a softer, smoother complexion.
AHA and BHA Skin Resurfacing
Dull skin is no match for Luzern’s L’Essentials Au Vin Exfoliating Peel Pads. Ideal for mature or sun-damaged skin, these super-exfoliating, pre-soaked pads support natural cell turnover and expose younger-looking skin. These dual-acid skin resurfacing pads:
- Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Brighten for a fresher complexion
- Refine pores and smooth skin texture
Best of all, they are easy and gentle enough to use at home, requiring no recovery time. Skin is left looking and feeling refreshed and perfectly prepared for a more effective skin care routine as we transition into a new season.
Healthy skincare tip: Don’t over exfoliate! After cleansing, put a small amount of exfoliant in the palm of your hand. Wet it and press gently into skin, rather than grinding away in a big circle. This helps protect the skin from tiny tears that can have long-term effects. Remember, healthy skincare isn’t a marathon. We’re in it for the long haul, so be super gentle with how you treat your skin.
Pre-Serum Exfoliating Essence
For truly delicate or sensitive skin, a gentle pre-serum exfoliating toner like L’Essentials Balancing Essence can calm, refine, replenish and refresh skin to properly prepare it for the next steps in the skincare routine. Loaded with replenishing Swiss extracts, glacial water and white willow bark, this weightless, aqueous exfoliating toner instantly absorbs to close pores, balance moisture, and tone the skin.