HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE?
Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? It turns out—yes.
There are few things as satisfying as touching your face after using exfoliating scrub and marveling at how smooth your skin feels.
You might be tempted to do it all day, every day to chase that “ooh so soft” feeling, but there are a few things you need to consider.
To clarify, we’re going to be focusing on physical exfoliation today, rather than chemical exfoliation. What’s the difference? In short, physical exfoliation uses small particles—we use sugar, salt, walnut powder and Icelandic volcanic sand—to scrub away rough, flaky skin and let smoother skin glow through. Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves acids—such as AHAs and BHAs—to loosen the “glue” that holds the dead surface layer of skin together (cute, right?) and reveal the newer, fresher skin underneath.
Want to know more about chemical exfoliation? Don’t worry, that post is coming.
So, how often should you exfoliate your face? We say 2-3 times a week for normal and combination skin, and 1-2 times a week if you’re sensitive. Over-exfoliating can cause irritation or—in a cruel twist of fate—lead to more dryness and flaking (you know, the reasons you started exfoliating to begin with).
We also recommend physical exfoliation at night after cleansing. That way, your freshly unveiled skin has the chance to soak in all the benefits of your nighttime skincare routine before going out into the world.
Ready to say goodbye to roughness and reveal radiant skin? Here are our favorite physical exfoliators:
Pore-Balance™ Facial Sauna Scrub, with Icelandic volcanic sand, Green Fusion Complex™ and neem seed oil, is inspired by the detoxifying benefits of the Scandinavian sauna cycle. This exfoliating scrub warms on contact, then cools as you massage away dirt, oil and any rough skin.
Inspired by a refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, Lemonade Smoothing Scrub™ brings life back to dull, rough skin. This dual-action face scrub does double-duty to physically and chemically exfoliate your complexion-—it instantly retexturizes, polishes and reduces the look of pores. High-potency AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) help loosen and lift dead skin cells, while lemon peel powder and ultra-fine sugar exfoliants gently sweep away rough skin.
Now that you’ve buffed away the old, make way for the new. Replenish your skin with Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer for instant hydration.This vegan, nutrient-rich moisturizer deeply hydrates and strengthens your moisture barrier all day, helping skin hold onto moisture better. It’s made with the powerful ingredients your skin craves—amino acids, peptides, ceramides, collagen and hyaluronic acid—to bring moisture, bounce and resiliency back to all skin types, including sensitive and blemish-prone. With results you’ll see instantly, this daily moisturizer fits into every skincare routine and feels extra luxurious after a good scrub.
So, are you ready to leave your rough days behind?
Don’t forget to show us your #OleGlow on social and tag us at @olehenriksen so we can admire your smooth skin!