Why Exfoliating Your Face Is a Must!


Exfoliation is a fundamental part of any skin care routine and is used to remove debris, such as dead skin, toxins, and makeup residue to help improve the skin's appearance and radiance. In addition to helping clean the skin, exfoliating also helps your skin absorb the nutrients and moisturizers that you apply. After exfoliation, the skin gives off a vibrant glow that you can notice immediately!

Exfoliation removes dead cells that naturally shed from the skin’s surface layer by using a chemical substance or exfoliating tools. It is essential to get rid of dead skin cells that cannot be removed without the help of exfoliation as they can build up causing your skin to look unbalanced and dull.

Benefits of Exfoliating the face:

  1. Stimulates cell turnover
  2. Removes toxins from clogged pores and allows your skin to breathe
  3. Helps reduces breakouts
  4. Helps reduce wrinkles and the signs of aging
  5. Gives your face an instant glow

    There are two types of face exfoliators:

    1. Mechanical exfoliates
    2. Chemical exfoliates

    What is the best exfoliator for your face?

    The best exfoliating method to use on your face depends on your skin type and daily routine. You can find many products that are specific to each skin type:

    Oily skin

    People who have oily skin need to choose a face scrub that is oil-free and exfoliate more often than people with normal or dry skin.

    Neutrogena® Oil Balancing Daily Exfoliator with Lime is a good choice for people with oily skin as it does not only clean your skin but also helps tighten pores and leaves your skin feeling soft.


    If you suffer from frequent acne breakouts, you can use a daily exfoliating wash designed to reduce breakouts, such as Neutrogena® Fresh & Clear Daily Exfoliator with Pink Grapefruit, which is enhanced with vitamin C to help clear breakouts and microbeads that diminish roughness without irritating your skin.

    For those of you who suffer from blackheads, use Neutrogena® Visibly Clear® Blackhead Eliminating Daily Face Scrub, which not only exfoliates your skin but also purifies it to help rid the skin of debris and cause blackheads.

    Normal skin

    Normal skin is non-oily and does not irritate easily. People with normal skin can use various exfoliation methods without negative side effects such as Neutrogena® Deep Clean® Invigorating Face Scrub.

    Dry Skin

    It is beneficial for people with dry skin to use an effective moisturizer after exfoliating the face. Exfoliating helps the skin increase the absorption of the moisturizer and the nutrients it contains which in turn promotes hydration.

    Sensitive Skin

    Sensitive skin is easily irritated when new products are not applied with care. It is important for people with sensitive skin to watch for changes in their skin when they use a new product and to stop using it immediately if any side effects occur. Those with sensitive skin are advised to use a facial scrubber once or twice a week.

    Combination Skin

    Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry skin, where areas of the skin, such as the nose, chin and forehead which is called the T-zone, are greasy while the rest of the face is dry.

    People who have dry, sensitive, or combination skin can use a gentle product designed to suit all skin types. Products that are non-irritating and enriched with soothing ingredients.

    Exfoliation not only gives your skin a beautiful, bright look that you can immediately notice, but it also keeps it healthy and helps reduce skin problems, such as acne, wrinkles, and signs of aging.


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    2. https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/routine/safely-exfoliate-at-home
    3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92761/