Beauty: Update Your Exfoliating Lineup

Spring is finally here, bringing with it that refreshing feeling of out with the old and in with the new. An easy way to wake ourselves up and shake off any dull and tired skin to reveal a more radiant complexion is of course with exfoliating.

Exfoliation is important as it aids in removing the dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. As we age, our cells ability to turnover slows down leaving us with a dull, lifeless complexion. By doing this weekly, it helps to get rid of the dead top layer of skin allowing moisturizers and serums to better penetrate into the skin and help foundation glide on more smoothly, in stead of just having them sit on the skin’s surface giving you build up on top of build up resulting in blocked pores, and a dull lifeless complexion.

It was the ancient Egyptians who first gave practice to exfoliation, and then in the Middle Ages wine was used as a chemical exfoliant, with tartaric acid as the active ingredient. Having exfoliating facials in the salon will help in deep cleansing the skin it is also ideally to use exfoliation products at home, some suggestions:

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads: 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid to help retexture and resurface, whilst witch hazel helps tone. Also contains hyaluronic acid to aid in moisturising and refreshing the skin whilst blue daisy soothes and calms.

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator: Contains jojoba beads, olive stone exfoliators and seaweed to refresh and clarify the skin, aids to refine pores whilst deeply cleansing the skin. Suitable for combination/oily skin.  Skin will feel super-soft and beautifully clean with every use.

Monu Micro Exfoliant: This powerful dual-action microdermabrasion treatment works to redefine skin texture and reduce appearance of fine lines and pores. Using only the purest of ingredients to leave skin smooth refreshed and revitalized. How to apply: massage into the face and neck avoiding eye area, use 2-3 times per week for oily or congested skin, use 1-2 times per week for acneic, dry or mature skin types. Rinse with warm water.

Ole Henriksen ‘Walnut Complexion Scrub’ face exfoliator: When activated in water the finely ground walnut powder foams up to help enhance the skin’s natural renewal cycle leaving the skin awaken and refreshed. Apply to wet skin and massage in circular motions then rinse with warm water, apply toner, cream and eye care after. Use twice or thrice a week in place of your regular cleanser, in case of excess impurities and oil or makeup, cleanse with your regular cleanser first.

Facetheory Exfoliating Cleanser with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Pumice Stones: Soap-free AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser with glycolic acid, salicylic acid and willow bark extract. Tiny pieces of pumice provide a very gentle exfoliation without harmful environmental effects of microbeads. Great for leaving skin feeling cleansed, purified, fresh and soft and without any redness. Can help to reduce appearance of enlarged pores and helps combat against blocked pores.