As the cold gets colder, I’ve been on a mission to pay special attention to my skin. Over the Holidays, my normally pretty under control skin broke out with all sorts of blemishes and I really got frustrated that it started to change so drastically. Once January came around, I did a blog post on how I was restarting my skin care for 2015. Now in mid February, I finally feel like I’m once again in a good place with my skin. However, it’s not about fix it and forget it. I have to continue to give it special attention and gentle care. Now that I’ve got it under control with my fixed routine, I’ve moved on to the next phase – weekly exfoliation.
I have oily skin and I’m in my 30s. This means my skin cells renew themselves more slowly and it’s harder for dead cells to make their exit. Leaving my skin looking dull and ashen. Exfoliating removes the surface layer of dead cells from my face, revealing skin that’s smoother and silkier. It also allows the products that I’m using to penetrate better into my skin.
A person with very sensitive skin might not need to exfoliate very frequently as this can irritate the skin. But since my skin is very oily and since I’m confident that I’ve got it in a good place, I’ve started exfoliating my skin about once a week. I’ve been using these simple steps to exfoliate my skin at home before I shower before bed. I only use a dry washcloth, Proactiv Renewing Cleanser, Proactiv Repairing Treatment moisturizer and warm water.
- Using a dry washcloth, I gently dry scrub my face in upward, circular motions. For the most part, I’m pretty gentle but around my nose area, forehead, temples and chin, I scrub a little bit harder. Also I use a dry washcloth to help remove the dead skin cells. A wet cloth will not be able to remove all the dry dead skin cells as well as a dry washcloth will. As I’m scrubbing, I can literally see bits of my dead skin start to flake away.
- Once I’m done dry scrubbing my face, I apply my Proactiv Renewing Cleanser, and continue to scrub in upward circular motions. Since I’ve already removed the dead skin cells, the product will now be able to penetrate more deeply into my pores. I use Proactiv, but using a grain cleanser of your choice will have the same effect. Another nice alternative is Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.
- Once I’ve finished dry cleansing my face, I just jump into the shower and wash off my face. When I’m out of the shower, I moisturize my damp skin with Proactiv Repairing Treatment. Again, I use Proactiv, but you can use a moisturizer of your choice that already works well for your skin type.
That’s it! Three easy step to exfoliate your skin at home. While I’m sleeping, the products will work to repair and moisturize my skin. Leaving it soft and radiant in the morning. Hurrah!