We’re about to drop some big numbers on you. *takes a deep breath* Your skin automatically loses up to 200 million skin cells every. hour. That’s about five thousand million skin cells a day. (Mind. Blown.) Our skin is pretty tough. And the outer layer (called the epidermis) is truly the CEO at serving as a barrier to protect against gunk like dirt, debris, UV light, and pollution. You know, the “elements.” That’s why it’s so important to take good care of your skin so it can keep doing its job.
One way to get your glow up is by using a face exfoliant scrub or exfoliating cleanser in your skincare routine. Regular exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells and unclog dirt and debris in your pores — the exfoliant benefits you’re here for.
Facial scrubs fall into two categories:
- Chemical exfoliant scrubs, like the name suggests, use chemicals to go deep into pores to remove gunk and unclog them. And by chemicals, we mean skin-safe ingredients such as salicylic acid.
- Physical exfoliant scrubs, on the other hand, are formulated with tiny non-plastic beads, sugars, or other particles to physically (or manually) rub off dead skin cells. Some people use cleansing brushes or pads for the same effect.
Here are 3 tips for using a face scrub:
- Exfoliate at least once a week to start. When your skin adapts, you can bump it up to two or three times a week.
- Be gentle! It’s tempting to want to dig into your skin. But, you don’t need to. Lightly massage the scrub over your skin.
- Keep the afterglow up by protecting your freshly exfoliated skin with sunscreen during the day.
Choosing an Exfoliant
Curious which exfoliant scrub is right for you? This guide should help.
Exfoliants for Dry Skin
You’ll benefit from a face scrub made with dry skin in mind. A physical exfoliant, like an exfoliating pad, will help smooth out dry patches and get rid of any lingering flakiness. Brighter skin is just a swipe away.
Face Scrub for Blackheads
Get yourself an exfoliating cleanser that contains an acne fighting ingredient like salicylic acid. This chemical exfoliant will help dislodge the gunk in your pores to clear blackheads and helps prevent new ones from forming.
Exfoliants for Sensitive Skin
Physical scrubs are effective at removing the gunk yet gentle enough for sensitive skin types. We recommend looking for an exfoliator for sensitive skin that’s formulated with a finer texture.
Face Scrub for Oily Skin
Oily skin can generally use either chemical or physical exfoliants. Take your pick. If your oily skin is prone to breaking out though, try a face scrub containing salicylic acid to get those blemishes back under control.
Clean & Clear® has a range of face scrubs for all skin types. Yep, you! Shop now to elevate your skincare game.