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Achieving natural light can be quite challenging. When too much dead skin clings to the surface of your skin, your skin can look a bit dull and dull — which can make you look tired or even aged. How to fix? Exfoliates dead skin well.

Using a quality exfoliant results in “smooth, radiant, and plumper skin,” says dermatologist Suzanne Friedler, MD, Advanced Dermatology PC, New York City. Exfoliating also allows active anti-aging ingredients (like retinol) to penetrate deeper into your skin. Over time, removing the top layer and bringing healthier skin cells forward will help you age more gracefully and reduce wrinkles, she says.

There are two types of exfoliation: chemical and physical. Chemical refers to ingredients such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid, commonly found in peels and pads. They are known to smooth and really bring out the glow of the skin. Facial scrubs or brushes contain microbeads or ingredients like sugar or coffee that physically exfoliate — but they tend to be more abrasive. It all depends on what your skin reacts best to.

That said, you can easily overdo it, no matter which one you choose. “The important thing is to be gentle. Dr. Friedler, who generally recommends exfoliating at least once a week. The top layer of skin plays an important role in retaining moisture and preventing irritants from entering, so more is not always better.

Go too rough and you can cause inflammation, something that can create hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones. Red and raw? Stop using it. If you’re looking to exfoliate your face, avoid using products designed for the body. They may contain harsher exfoliants or heavy pore-clogging moisturizers, like shea butter or mineral oil, says Dr. Friedler.

Whether you use a physical or chemical exfoliant (or both on different days!), you can find options to suit your budget and more self-treating options for your routine. My Sunday night skincare routine. Either way, glowing skin awaits! Here are eight great options that will transform your skin for the better.

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Neutrogena Microdermabrasion Starter Kit

Microdermabrasion treatments are a gentler way to fade acne scars, age spots, or sun spots. This Neutrogena kit includes an applicator that uses “micro vibrations” to firm and brighten the look of your skin. You’ll attach one of dozens of single-use tablets — formulated with ultrafine crystals — and massage in three times a week for smoother skin.


CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser

Yes, we just said don’t use an exfoliator every day, but there are exceptions to this rule. If you have oily skin, using a salicylic acid face wash regularly can help keep your skin breakout-free. “A cleanser with salicylic acid acts as a mild exfoliator to keep pores clear and can be part of your daily routine if you suffer from acne,” says Dr. In addition to cleansing the face, this CeraVe product is also great for acne-prone skin.


Clarisonic Mia 2 . Skin Cleansing System

Dr. Friedler uses Clarisonic on her skin in the shower once a week or every other week for a good exfoliation. “These can be great if you want a deep clean, but are best used occasionally,” she says. Clarisonic uses “micro-massage” technology to really penetrate your pores, so you can remove makeup, dirt, oil or sweat that tends to stay behind. Simply apply your favorite cleaner to the brush head, run it under running water, choose your favorite speed and gently brush in a circular motion while it works its magic.


boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

This refreshing exfoliating gel acts as a physical and chemical exfoliant. The formula is made of molecules that actually bond together while you work, helping you to remove any dead cells or debris from the surface of your skin (it’s a unique care experience). – you will Have you seen it? and feel your skin shines up while you hit the ball!). Then the alpha-hydroxy acids from different fruits go deeper to actually remove the oil or bacteria. Thanks to its combination of soothing botanicals and no preservatives, it will even work great for sensitive skin types.


m-61 by Bluemercury PowerGlow Peel

This one-step peel features a combination of glycolic and salicylic acids to remove dead cells and minimize pores — ideal if you’re battling breakouts as the treatment improves texture and tone. overall look of your skin. The pre-soaked wet wipes also contain chamomile and lavender to soothe redness or irritation. Just be aware that it can take some time to work: start by using them at bedtime three times per week and apply your favorite moisturizer (to prevent flaking or dryness). as your skin adjusts). Return if your skin is sensitive, or finally use daily as your skin can handle it. A good sunscreen in the morning is also essential.


Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Scrub

This budget-friendly job really gets the job done. Soybean extract moisturizes and brightens skin, while micro-particles gently polish skin. Because it’s oil-free and hypoallergenic (so it won’t clog your pores), you don’t need to worry about breakouts if you have acne.


Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

Suitable for normal, oily, combination, or dry skin, these pre-soaked pads contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), as well as glycolic, salicylic, malic, lactic, and citric acids to help even tone and texture and smooth. lines. In a two-step process, the first pad exfoliates while the second neutralizes AHAs to balance the active ingredients. Trust us — you’ll notice a difference even within a few days of use. To the rave reviews, one Amazon user wrote: “This is amazing and a top 5 holy grail desert island – never leave home without it. It negated the need for the platform. Buy it, use it, love it. ”


Dermadoctor Kakadu Intensive Peeling Patch C

Perfect for aging or mature skin, this powerful peel targets lines and wrinkles with seven alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, which accelerate cell turnover for healthy-looking skin. stronger in the future. Kakadu plums provide skin-lightening vitamin C while antioxidants protect your skin from further damage. Result? A supple, hydrated skin. While peels tend to be expensive, many reviewers recommend cutting them in half if you’re just starting out. This will help your skin adjust and give you more effects.

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