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Does it seem like no matter what you do, your complexion looks a little lackluster? Or perhaps you just have dry skin? Well, it turns out you could be missing a crucial step in your skin care routine. And that would be exfoliation! The easiest way to add this to your skin care routine is by using a face scrub. Here, learn about benefits of face scrubs, how to find the best face scrub for your skin type, and how to exfoliate skin with a face scrub correctly.
Exfoliating is the act of sloughing off dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. There are two kinds of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Face scrubs are a form of mechanical exfoliation, meaning you’d use one to physically scrub your skin’s surface with it. On the other hand, chemical exfoliation involves using salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid, or enzymes to chemically break down the surface buildup. Today, as you know, we’re here to focus on mechanical exfoliation.
When dead skin cells buildup on the surface of your skin, they can result in your complexion looking dull. That’s where exfoliation—namely a face scrub—can come in handy. When you rid the surface of your skin of dead skin cell buildup, this can leave your complexion looking brighter and feeling smoother.
When it comes to using a face scrub as part of your skin care routine, look for one that’s formulated for your specific skin type and needs. There’s no hard and fast rule about how often you should exfoliate—some people can benefit from daily use of a face scrub, while others may only need to use one once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds so that you can determine how often you should incorporate a face scrub into your individual skin care routine.
Dry, dull skin can be the result of many factors. What’s more, it can pop up on just about any skin type. The key is to find a face scrub that works for your skin type to buff away those dry, dead skin cells that are making your skin look less than radiant, while simultaneously tending to your other skin care concerns. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub, formulated with three sugars and crushed cocoa, leaves skin feeling softer and smoother. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, formulated with three sugars and kiwi seeds, effectively removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of skin and polishes away dead skin. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub, formulated with three sugars and grapeseed, immediately gives skin a glowing appearance and leaves skin feeling baby-soft, smooth, and comforted with continued use over time.
Once you’ve made your face scrub selection from our options above, smooth a small amount onto clean, dry skin, making sure to avoid your eye area. Massage the face scrub all over your skin gently. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, pat dry, and follow up with moisturizer. The L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help lock in hydration. And of course, if you’re using a face scrub in the morning, follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (or a moisturizer with SPF) in the morning 15-30 minutes before you head outside!
You officially have the 411 on face scrubs. Put it to good use! To learn how to take your skin care routine a step further with face masks, here are Our Best Face Masks for Any Skin Type.