We determine the good, the bad and unthinkable skin care practices for scrubbing away dead skin to reveal a fresh, spring glow this season.
Exfoliating is one of those beauty regimens which everyone agrees is incredibly important—in theory. In practice, navigating the dos and don’ts of sloughing away our dead skin cells is considerably, well, bumpier. We chatted with Dr. Mary Lupo, the dermatologist for cult beauty brand Philosophy, about the best ways to exfoliate for healthy, glowing complexion this spring.
Myth #1: Your skin care routine and products can be the same year-round.
Fact: “Seasonal shifts can impact your skin and as the weather warms up, it's key to update your facial moisturizer,” says Lupo, who suggests finding a breathable, lightweight formula that hydrates skin without weighing it down. For spring, she recommends an oil-free moisturizer for normal to oily skin that’s rich in antioxidants to help absorb surface oil and leave a matte finish.
Myth #2: A body exfoliant can also be used on the face.
Fact: Not only do different body parts require individually tailored exfoliating products, but the intensity applied when scrubbing various areas of the skin should change too. “You can take a more intense approach below your chin, as the skin on your body is thicker,” explains Lupo. To exfoliate the body, she recommends Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash, which features tiny polylactic acid beads, a naturally derived alternative to traditional polyethylene beads, which are designed to effectively exfoliate the skin, leaving a smooth, even tone.
When it comes to more delicate areas like the face, Lupo insists on finding a formula that includes diatomaceous earth, a finely ground, natural material that removes dead skin cells and acts as a physical exfoliant. As she explains, “It’s gentle enough for sensitive, red skin. The formula should also include vitamin E to nurture skin.” Apply facial exfoliators daily to slightly damp, makeup-free skin in the morning and evening, and massage for 30 to 60 seconds before rinsing thoroughly.
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