All of us have been programmed to follow certain skincare rules since we were teenagers. From washing and moisturising our face twice a day to religiously slathering on sunscreen, we dare not skip these. But exfoliation is the unspoken nugget of healthy pore information that has quite often been overlooked.

The wrong method of exfoliation can harm cause damage to the skin, which is why it is important to use a scrub and technique that’s best suited to your skin type. Below, we break down how to exfoliate according to each skin type so that you can get the best of this miracle technique...

For dry skin
 

For dry skin

If you have dry skin, your pores are always thirsty. This is why it is important to ensure that you’re not using a product that’s making your skin thirstier. Use a gentle exfoliator such as the St.Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub & Mask twice a week. It smoothens dry skin and helps even out your skin texture.

For oily skin
 

For oily skin

Over exfoliation is the biggest mistake that people with oily skin make, while it is strongly recommended that you do so only 3-4 times a week. Exfoliation helps keep acne, blackheads and clogged pores at bay. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Face Scrub removes excess of oil and dirt from your skin and prevents sebum or pore build-up that leads to acne.

For sensitive skin
 

For sensitive skin

It is generally believed that exfoliation is not for sensitive skin, but this is just a myth. People with sensitive skin need to ensure that they use a gentle, more natural scrub just once or twice a week. Avoid products that contain lactic acid as it can easily inflame and irritate your skin. The St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub can be your best bet for sensitive skin. This citrusy face scrub helps polish skin’s imperfections, soothes rough skin and leaves you with a glowing face.

For combination skin
 

For combination skin

People with combination skin may need to use more than one exfoliator. If you have an oily T-zone, then use a scrub meant for oily skin in that area. If your cheeks tend to be dry, use a moisturising scrub such as the St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub two or three times a week, which is suitable for all skin types. Just be sure not to over-exfoliate, which can lead to redness, irritation, and even dryness.

For normal skin
 

For normal skin

For people with well-balanced, normal skin, use a scrub that gives you a range of other skincare benefits. Use one with moisturising as well as anti-ageing benefits that help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and boost collagen levels. The St. Ives Energizing Coconut & Coffee Scrub repairs skin and keeps it looking flawless and glowing.