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4 secrets to perfect exfoliation

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Beauty

4 secrets to perfect exfoliation

Much has been made in the beauty and skincare world about exfoliating. There are those who swear by it for smooth, softer skin, and those who say it can be too harsh. The bottom line is this – exfoliation is key to flawless skin and clean pores – if it is done the correct way and you adjust it based on your skin condition and type. Read on for our top tips on how to exfoliate the proper way.

Exfoliating fact:
“Harsh scrubbing is definitely not the answer!” Dr. Mary Lupo, the dermatologist for cult beauty brand Philosophy warns when it comes to problematic and sensitive skin. “Excessive washing only strips the lipid barrier, which increases inflammation.” The rub? Be kind. “It's best to use gentle sweeping motions with a soft washcloth and a skin-loving cleanser.”

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Exfoliating fact: “Even sensitive skin may benefit from gentle exfoliation,” says Lupo. “Instead of daily physical exfoliation, choose a gentle weekly exfoliation that bathes skin in oxygen, as it rapidly exfoliates, smooths and hydrates to help brighten skin and clear away dead skin cells.” This allows your treatments and moisturizers to work more effectively, while leaving the skin with a beautiful glow.

“With the exception of active acne, exfoliation can help clarify and support skin that may be prone to breakouts,” Lupo says. “By removing the debris clogging pores and compromising the skin's moisture barrier, your treatments and moisturizers will work more effectively.”

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Exfoliating fact: You want smooth, blackhead-free, glowing skin, so the more you exfoliate, the better—that’s what many of us think, only to end up with irritated skin. “Over-exfoliating can cause redness and dehydration—which can then make medicated creams less tolerable,” says Toronto-based dermatologist Benjamin Barankin. He recommends exfoliating once a week in the winter and twice weekly in the summer months.

Exfoliating fact: Don’t scrimp on the product—take a good scoop of the exfoliator, “enough to apply a good coat of it on your whole body,” says Sara deRuiter, spa director of Body Blitz spa in Toronto and using a firm pressure (you know your body best as to what your skin can tolerate), start from your limbs and in circular motions, work towards your heart. Pay special attention to commonly dry areas, like knees and elbows, and to any problem spots such as hips and thighs.

 

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The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Glam Glow

Working with your body’s natural moisturizing collagen, this 10-minute mud mask will not only gently exfoliate your skin, but will also absorb the built-up dirt, leaving it looking smooth and radiant. Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatement ($76), at Sephora, sephora.ca. Cult faves: 10 skin care cleansing products

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Glam Glow Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Neutrogrena

The popular face wash just got an upgrade with the addition of micro-beads for a more thorough facial cleansing. Neutrogrena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub ($10), drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada. Clear skin: The 10 best acne treatments

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Neutrogrena Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Fresh

With already a cult following for the brown sugar body polish, the face-exfoliating mask offers the same formula that includes brown sugar and antioxidant-rich wild strawberries, leaving clean and revitalizing results. Fresh Sugar Face Polish ($68), at Sephora, sephora.ca. Skin care: The 10 best body scrubs for glowing skin

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Fresh Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Dermalogica

A beauty editor favourite, this deep cleansing exfoliating powder is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($74), at select spas and skincare centers. Must read: 5 signs you have sensitive skin

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Dermalogica Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: NeoStrata

A Beauty Grand Prix finalist, the activator and the crystals team up together exfoliating the superficial layers of the skin and boasts glowing skin after just one treatment. NeoStrata Skin Resurfacing Duo ($73), at drugstores across Canada. Beauty Grand Prix: The 17 best products for the skin

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of NeoStrata Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Eminence

Don’t shy away from this organic 3-step process just yet. With a blend of arctic berries, lingonberry seed oil and hibiscus seed extract, this invigorating exfoliating process might save you a trip or two to your facialist. Eminence Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System ($130), check eminenceorganics.com for spa locations. Natural beauty: The top organic moisturizers

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Eminence Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Diptyque

Who doesn’t love a multi-use product for the price of one? This 2-in-1 treatment will not only act as a face scrub via exfoliating elements of the marble powder, but can also be used as a mask and work as a 5-10 minute treatment to assist with skin regeneration. Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay ($78), at Holt Renfrew. Spring 2014 beauty trends: Flawless skin

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Diptyque Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Olay

Combining the work of foaming bubbles and micro-beads, this exfoliating cleanser will not only whisk away the impurities, but also leave you feeling refreshed and looking radiant. Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser ($8-16), available in mass retailers across Canada. Skin care: Your winter to spring transition

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Olay Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Tata Harper

Leave this mask exfoliator on for 20 minutes and let the chemical ingredients work its magic. You will see instant results. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($62), at beautymark.ca. Skin care: The 12 best toners for every skin type

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Tata Harper Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: La Roche-Posay

Sensitive skin may be hassle when it comes to looking for the ideal exfoliator, but with the help of the superfine cleansing agents, this Beauty Grand Prix finalist may be the answer to your problem. La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($20), at drugstores across Canada. Beauty Grand Prix: The 17 best products for the skin

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of La Roche-Posay Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Darphin

Indulge in this multi-action face exfoliant to not only help shoo away dead skin cells, but also target fine lines and wrinkles to leave your skin look rejuvenated and radiant. Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion ($107), at Holt Renfrew. Gallery: The 10 best anti aging products

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Darphin Credits: ELLE Canada

The 13 best face exfoliators

Best face exfoliators: Garnier

Pamper yourself with this gel exfoliator infused with grapefruit and pomegranate extracts to help reveal your skin look softer and rid of impurities. Garnier Clean+ Balancing Gel Exfoliator ($11), at drugstores and mass-market retailers across Canada. Skin care: The 12 best makeup remover wipes

By: Renee Tse Source: Courtesy of Garnier Credits: ELLE Canada
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