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The Skincare Rules: Rule #1: Exfoliate

By Kanika Aggarwal

If you have been following our series on skin care rules so far, then you know the importance of cleansing, toning, moisturising, day care and night care. This brings us to the last and possibly the most important skin care rule: exfoliation.





Exfoliation is a procedure that helps the removal of dead cells from skin’s surface, which if allowed to remain can become a cause of various skin issues such as dullness, breakouts, whiteheads, blackheads etc. Regular exfoliation of our facial skin results in a fresh healthy glow, increased capacity of the skin to absorb moisture, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and diminished scarring from breakouts or acne.



Physical exfoliation of the skin can be done by using mildly abrasive products such as a silk mitts, soft micro-fibre washcloths, exfoliation sheets, micro-bead facial scrubs, or exfoliating masks. Salon procedures such as microdermabrasion are also very popular for physical skin exfoliation. Another option is chemical exfoliation. This method removes the dead cells using products containing salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), to name a few. These chemicals must be used in the presence of a medical professional.



Exfoliation is an abrasive procedure so it is only recommended to be done no more than 2-3 times a week. Additionally, exfoliants may cause skin irritation and redness. So, test a sample sized product on the back of your palm before you apply any product directly on your facial skin.



Skin exfoliation is one of the most important steps in skin care because it truly brings out your most beautiful skin texture, which is further enhanced by other skin care practices such as cleansing, toning, and moisturising. I hope you have found this series beneficial. Stay beautiful!





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Kanika Aggarwal is a professional makeup and henna artist, offering LIVE makeup classes and services in Chicagoland and Greater Toronto Area. Visit her website at www.beautyglamsham.com