Exfoliating is a Skin Care Game Changer

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This might be the best thing you do for your skin this year, or ever.

Regularly exfoliating might be the best thing you do for your skin this year, or ever. Our esthetician Dana tells us all we need to know about getting brighter, happier skin.

 Brightening scrub dispensing into hand

“So, what exactly is exfoliation?”

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Most common methods include physical exfoliation, which typically includes a granular scrub/polish or a tool like a cleansing brush or loofah. There is also chemical exfoliation with either a plant enzyme or acid like glycolic, lactic, or salicylic—both methods work to help dissolve dead skin cells and leave skin feeling nice and smooth.

Sun Bum’s Brightening Face Scrub contains both physical (organic cane sugar) and chemical (papaya & pineapple enzymes) exfoliators. And not only does it smell like a tropical oasis, but it works to unclog pores and gently removes dead, dull skin—revealing a brighter, softer looking complexion. When water is added, the sugar in the scrub softens and makes the exfoliation process extra gentle. It's a win win for your skin.

“Why is exfoliation important?"

Exfoliation is important because it helps maintain the overall health of our skin. By removing dull skin from the surface, you’re not only left with healthier, more vibrant looking skin, but you also increase the effectiveness of other skin care products by enhancing their ability to absorb. Exfoliating also helps prevent clogged pores and breakouts while stimulating collagen in the skin.

Man applying face scrub to face

“How often should I be exfoliating?”

I recommend exfoliating about 2-4 times per week, depending on skin type. But if you have more sensitive skin, start with 1-2 times a week to see how your skin reacts. Not sure what your skin type is? Read this to get a better idea.

Ps. You’ll want to be gentler with inflamed, acne-prone skin.

Girl washing face over sink

“What step in my skin care routine should I exfoliate?”

I recommend exfoliating clean skin (so wash your face first!) so that you aren’t pushing dirt, bacteria, and oil deeper into your pores (yuck!). After exfoliating and rinsing, you’ll want to apply your serum, eye cream, and moisturizing cream (or daily sunscreen moisturizer if you are exfoliating in the morning).

SELF CARE TIP: Treat your skin to a little TLC before bed; here are the steps for a DIY, at home facial.

  1. Cleanse your skin with the Daily Cleanser and rinse.
  2. Polish your skin with Brightening Face Scrub and rinse thoroughly.
  3. Apply Restoring Face Mask to the entire face, avoiding eye area.
  4. Relax for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove Face Mask and apply Hydrating Serum, Hydrating Eye Cream, and Restoring Night Cream
  6. Sweet dreams!