Exfoliating on a regular basis is key for healthy-looking skin, but timing is important, especially when your skincare regimen includes products that contain irritants.
So, just how soon after ridding your complexion of dead skin cells should you resume your regular beauty routine?
Since the skin is fresh and clean and your pores are open, it’s best to wait at least 24 hours before using any products that contain medical-grade or highly concentrated ingredients that are considered sensitizing, such as acids and retinoids. Always test a patch of your skin with a sensitizing product the day after exfoliation, just to be safe.
The same rule applies to skin that’s been treated with any type of peel, laser or resurfacing treatment.
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