Four Reasons You Need To Exfoliate

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There are many benefits of regular exfoliation. As we get older, skin-cell turnover slows down and exofoliating can help speed up the normal sheding cycle. Exfoliating can rid the skin's dull, outer layer as well as all of the flaws that reside there, like fine lines, dark spots and blemishes. Plus, your skin-care products can better penetrate your skin. Here are our top four reasons to exfoliate on a regular basis:

1. Even out skin texture. “The granules polish the skin, leaving it with a softer, smoother texture. It’s like using sandpaper on coarse, unevenly textured wood—step-by-step it becomes smooth,” says Los Angeles aesthetician Ole Henriksen.

2. Fight the signs of aging. With age, the skin’s ability to naturally exfoliate slows down. When the skin is laden with dead cells, lines, wrinkles and dryness become more apparent. “Removing dead skin reveals fresher, brighter, younger looking skin,” says Mt. Pleasant, SC, dermatologist Marguerite Germain, MD.

3. Prevent blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts. When the pores get clogged with dead skin and oil gets stuck beneath the surface, pimples can occur.

4. Minimize dark spots. Long after a blemish has healed, a red, brown or purple mark may remain. But each time you exfoliate, you’re removing the top layer of skin to diminish the appearance of discoloration.

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  • Jaime

    very good explanation

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  • Gracie

    The appearance of my skin changed drastically (for the better) when I started exfoliating regularly. I invested in a great skincare plan, use the products religiously, and within a few weeks, people noticed the difference. It feels better, too. Highly recommend it!

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  • Claudio Pinto
    Master Aesthetician - New York, NY

    One of the best things one can do for their skin is exfoliate - BUT overdoing can cause worse problems - When you overdo you are causing your body to produce more oil than necessary therefore causing breakouts - When exfoliating I strongly recommend and use myself a potent retina-a cream at night - Glycolic Cleansers also do a great job and 2x a week depending on your skin thickness using a nice exfoliator - It helps your skin look more refreshed and speeds up the cell renewal - My favorite glycolic cleanser is http://www.gloprofessional.com/10-glycolic-cleanser and also the daily polishing cleanser thats gentle and safe to use on a daily basis http://www.gloprofessional.com/daily-polishing-cleanser - Start your mornings the right way, with glowing and flawless skin! DO not forget your SPF everyday!!!!!!

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