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What do you know about exfoliation? 

  Everyone knows about exfoliating right? Wrong. The extent of most people’s knowledge is that it’s the scrubby stuff you use on your face because that skin lady told you to. Exfoliating is a crucial step in skin care, one that most people skip because they don’t think that their skin needs it. But it does. Do you use face masks? Who doesn't! But guess what, you need to exfoliate before otherwise it probably isn’t actually doing much for your skin. Exfoliation lifts away the dead skin cell, dirt, and oil to allow new cell production. So when you’re using all of your cleansers, masks and serums that should make your skin all glowy and smooth it’s now sitting onto of dead cells that don’t need it…because they're dead. Gently lifting away dead skin cells before applying your products will allow them to penetrate deeper into your skin for a more noticeable and  long lasting difference. Are you supposed to exfoliate every day? No, let’s not scrub off ALL of our skin. Two to three times a week should do it.

Here’s an example of how important exfoliation is. I have combination, highly reactive skin, that hyper-pigmentates. What that means is I have kinda oily kinda flakey skin that gets reallllllly mad if I don’t give it what it needs or try to use something new, then leaves dark spots that are a pain in the butt to get rid of. So what do I do? I use a gentle cleaner, an exfoliator three times a week, a toner, a lightening serum, and a purifying serum (that doubles as my moisturizer). For some people, I know that sounds like a lot but if it means that I can be confident on days that I don’t wear makeup, and I don’t have to be afraid of it not lasting the days I do, then I'm all in! Using the lightening serum, I just dab on a little where I need it making sure that the only thing I'm lightening are the dark spots. Putting lighteners all over will lighten all over, duh right? So by only putting it on the areas that have darkened I can lighten them to match the rest of my skin. While using lighteners is a great way to inhibit pigmentation, you also want to get rid of the skin that hyper pigmented in the first place.

This is where exfoliation comes in. As the serum is working to make sure that the skin doesn’t darken, the exfoliator is helping to slowly, and gently, remove the problem areas. It is also removing excess dirt and oil helping to prevent future problems. By using an exfoliator three times a week and the lightening serum twice a day I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference is my skin whereas a family member, who is also using the lightening serum, with only once monthly exfoliation has not experienced the same level of progress. Just remember, gentle exfoliation is key. Find something with finely milled granules so that it won’t be too abrasive on your skin causing more harm than good.


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