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Does it seem like no matter what you do, your complexion looks a little lackluster? Well, it turns out you could be missing a crucial skin care step. And that would be exfoliation! The easiest way to add this to your skin care routine is by using a facial scrub. Here, find out the benefits of facial scrubs, how to find the right one for your skin type, and the right way to actually use one.
Exfoliating is the act of sloughing off dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. There are two kinds of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Facial 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), or enzymes to chemically break down the surface buildup.
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 facial scrub—can come in handy.
When it comes to using a facial 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 facial 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 an exfoliating facial scrub into your individual routine.
Formulated with natural apricot beads, the L'Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub helps to gently exfoliate dull, dead skin cells and remove all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup. To use, pop out the included Scrublet™, dampen the surface and pour a bit of the scrub onto it, then cleanse your complexion and pop the Scrublet™ back in. Using the Scrublet™, which is made of a gentle, flexible material, can help you cleanse more effectively.
A dull, uneven skin tone can make skin look older—and skin’s natural ability to shed surface dead skin cells declines with age, resulting in dull, uneven tone and loss of radiance. The L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser is formulated with gentle micro-pearls and glycolic acid to help exfoliate dullness and impurities to improve skin tone. Morning and night, lather the scrub cleanser into wet hands and gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions, avoiding your eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. This scrub cleanser can help make skin look brighter immediately and more even with continued use over time. Just one note: Since AHAs like glycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, be sure to apply a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, like the L'Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30, in the morning after using this scrub cleanser.
Once you’re done rinsing off your facial scrub, don’t towel dry just yet. Instead, apply a moisturizer to damp skin to help lock in hydration. 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 water to help lock in hydration. And of course, follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning 15-30 minutes before you head outside!
You officially have the 411 on facial scrubs. Put it to good use!