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Exfoliating is the process of eliminating dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. The skin naturally sheds this top layer about every 30 days. However, as you age, the pace at which your body sheds old and dead skin cells begins to slow down. Exfoliation simply accelerates what the skin does on its own.

There are two main ways to exfoliate, the first being physical exfoliant. This method requires manual scrubbing or rubbing using exfoliating mitts, loofah sponges, cleansing scrubs, dry brushes, or pumice stones. This method is easy to do at home and offers immediate results. But if performed incorrectly, physical exfoliation can sometimes irritate your skin and cause PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). Be sure to keep your motions gentle and follow with your moisturize.

The second way to exfoliate is chemical exfoliators with hydroxy acids (such as glycolic acid, retinol, and lactic acid), which is a combination of safe-for-skin acids that chemically dissolve debris. Chemical exfoliation can offer more dramatic results.

For physical exfoliants strive for 1-3 times per week, depending on the products you apply and your sensitivity level.
Chemical exfoliants have a wider field of use. Most can be used 1-3 times a week for more delicate skin. Always read your skincare labels as not all exfoliants are created equally.

Determining the most suitable exfoliating technique for your skin type will minimize your chance of irritation and help you obtain the best possible result. Luckily at Eight Skincare we've tried and tested many exfoliators so, you didn't have to. Below are articles to help you find your perfect exfoliator!

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