Is dull and flaky skin killing your beauty game? Then chances are that you still haven’t upgraded your skin care routine to include exfoliation. Apart from the usual cleansing-toning-moisturising routine; you also need to inculcate exfoliation in your skin care regimen.

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, dirt, grime and oil that sits on the surface of your skin. So ladies, if you want clean, smooth and glowing skin, exfoliation is what you need! However, with exfoliation come several doubts. But don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered...

How often should you exfoliate?
 

How often should you exfoliate?

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin; but it is important to use a gentle scrub and exfoliate not more than thrice a week. Reach out for the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Face Scrub that is made with 100% natural moisturisers and exfoliants. However, keep in mind that over-exfoliating can create tiny cracks in the skin barrier that can lead to more loss of hydration.

When is the best time to exfoliate?
 

When is the best time to exfoliate?

Because your skin renews itself in the night, it is best to exfoliate in the mornings to slough away dead skin. Always remember to exfoliate clean skin. If you’re using a scrub, follow-up with exfoliation in the shower after you’ve washed your face with a mild and gentle cleanser, such as the Lakmé Deep Cleanser Cleansing Milk.

Is it a good idea to exfoliate before wearing makeup?
 

Is it a good idea to exfoliate before wearing makeup?

It’s always a great idea to prep your skin by exfoliating before applying any product on your face. You don’t want to put foundation over flaky skin, do you? If you want your makeup to glide on smoothly and your skin to look radiant, then exfoliate before.

How long should you scrub your face for?
 

How long should you scrub your face for?

Over-scrubbing your face can do more harm than good. The length of time you lather does not correlate to how well you cleansed your face. Therefore, aim for 30-40 seconds or else it might lead to irritated and red skin as well as aggravate breakouts.

What is the correct method of exfoliating?
 

What is the correct method of exfoliating?

For gentle yet thorough cleansing, your fingertips make for the best tool. Your fingers provide a light massage during your cleanse which in turn stimulates circulation. Remember to not rub your skin too hard while exfoliating.