Exfoliation is an essential part of any skincare routine, especially if you have oily skin. It helps to clear the layers of dead skin cells that we shed every day, thus keeping pores clear, and also helps skin to take on a radiant, glowing complexion.
I'm a big fan of exfoliating and have to keep myself in check, remembering not to overdo it. It's recommended that you exfoliate your face anywhere between 1-3 times a week, depending on the sensitivity and type of your skin, as well as the type of product that you're using. Watch out for products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA's) such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid and lactic acid. While these are gentle and excellent at penetrating deep into the skin to unclog pores, if your cleanser or face wash already features one of these ingredients, a separate exfoliating product won't be necessary – you'll simply strip healthy layers of skin cells, leaving you sensitive.
I tend to stick to the three-day rule and exfoliate every third day; how about you, are you a keen exfoliator or is it low down on your list of priorities? How often do you exfoliate?