Just imagine that you’re in the middle of your usual morning routine. You’ve reached the moisturizer part but suddenly, after applying it, you notice some flaky and dry patches of skin on your face. The next desperate step is to probably apply more and more moisturizer. However, most women usually forget a very important skin cleansing step: exfoliation. This particular step, or the lack thereof, is the very reason why you sometimes wake up with those patchy spots on your face. This is why we are going to share with you a complete guide on how to exfoliate your skin properly.

You don’t need much to exfoliate your skin, a good scrub and a moisturizer will do it. Of course, there are certain brushes that you can buy and use instead of your hands for a deeper cleansing, but this is a topic for another time. Experts are saying that a face scrub not only cleanses your skin but also breaks up whiteheads and gets rid of buildup in the pores. It makes your skin smoother and finally, it improves blood flow to the face, which gives you that natural glow.

Focus on the dry patches of skin!

It might look like your entire face is dry, but in reality, there are only certain spots that require thorough exfoliation. Go out in the daylight, take a mirror with you and examine your face. You need to focus your exfoliation process, especially on those dry and flaky areas because they require it the most. A scrub might be too much for the oily parts of your skin and might even irritate those areas.

Use circular motions and exfoliate upwards

According to experts, it’s best to exfoliate your skin twice a week. The common mistake people are doing is that they get proactive. Your skin is gentle, and you must be gentle with it in return. For those people who might have frail capillaries, you might need to apply a face oil before exfoliating. It protects your skin from the scrub. If you still notice excessive redness or irritation, exfoliate only once a week.

You should also gently rub your face with the scrub, whether it’s homemade (like brown sugar or a coffee-based one) or a cosmetic product. Let those particles do their job. You only need to provide that gliding motion for them to clean your skin. As for those exfoliating brushes, you can use one too. However, they are not suited for people with sensitive skin. So, be careful before investing in one!

Moisturize after exfoliation!

The last step is to wash your face with warm (NOT hot) water and then pat it (DON’T rub it) with a dry towel. Before your routine ends you might want to apply a hydrating moisturizer or an anti-aging serum. They are both great and will help your skin recover after the exfoliation process. They will also offer that extra hydration that the skin needs. Do this and you will notice that your skin will become much smoother and will have a natural glow.

Summing it all up

So, what did you think about our guide on how to exfoliate your skin? Will you do it once or twice a week from now on? We cannot wait to hear from you!

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