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How and When to Exfoliate Your Face

Facial Exfoliation 101: When, How & Why

View in slideshow OK, so what is the difference between a chemical and normal exfoliator?
"It is often personal preference which dictates your choice, time as well as money are factors to consider. A scrub is very quick and easy and relatively inexpensive to purchase and fine if you have a young, male/female, non-sensitive skin type (without breakouts).
"It is a quick option for men as it’s great to also prep the beard before shaving. You can get for treatment style physical exfoliants, these often have crystal type granules in, these are excellent for a sun damage skin or mature skin that would benefit for the stimulation to the skin surface whilst improving the ‘thickened’ skin texture. Using a facial brush or a buff puff also work in the same fashion by ‘sloughing off’ the surface dead skin cells and debris.
"Chemical exfoliants are normally high performing treatment products that are more complex in nature. They may require a little more time to use, often the treatment exfoliants need to be left on the skin for 10 to 15 minutes, and cost more to purchase. These are great for just about all skin types (unless extremely sensitive). They work at dissolving and or breaking down the bonds that hold a dead skin cell onto the skin surface."

When it comes to exfoliating the face, we've heard (and read) a lot of different opinions. Some say once or twice a week is ample, others say you can do it everyday. Herein lies the facial exfoliation debate — when should we do it? How should we do it and why? What is a chemical exfoliant and can sensitive skin sufferers use one? So many questions! We turned to Emma Hobson, education manager for Asia, Australia and New Zealand at The International Dermal Institute, for answers. Keep reading.

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