Refresh Your Routine: Exfoliate
Step Three: Exfoliate
If that doesn’t convince you to exfoliate, I’m not sure what will. But before you rush to exfoliate your face ten times over to make up for past mistakes, let’s quickly discuss how often you should be doing so. Just to make things a tad more complicated, over-exfoliation is also an issue. If you exfoliate too often you can cause irritation. Skin has a natural barrier designed to protect and to lock in moisture. When you over-exfoliate, it upsets the barrier. It’s easy to avoid any dramas if you stick to exfoliating three times a week and only use high quality exfoliants.
Like goldilocks and her porridge, you need to figure out which Eminence exfoliant will be perfect for you. There are two types of exfoliation: granular and non-granular. This comes back to the texture you enjoy. The Pear and Poppy Microderm Polisher is a granular exfoliant, containing ground poppy seeds and fine walnuts to create a gritty feeling whereas the Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant and Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant are powder based and although they contain a granule, it is much finer. Power exfoliants can be mixed with a cleanser for a flash two-in-one facial.
However, if you’d prefer something even gentler, non-granular may be a better option. The VitaSkin Exfoliating Peels are one of Eminence’s best kept secrets. The peels are applied in a circular motion with a cotton round to gently remove dead skin cells and reveal a radiant complexion. The two sides of the included cotton rounds have different textures for you to choose what will suit your skin. Rae advises for combination skin to use the more textured side for the t-zone and the less textured for the cheeks. This will deliver a more targeted exfoliation for a smooth, buffed finish. The best thing about the exfoliating peels is that you can choose the skin concern you would like to target. Breakouts, hyperpigmentation, ageing, or sensitivity, there is a peel to suit everyone. All four peels are loaded with powerhouse organic ingredients to exfoliate and treat.
With the wide range of exfoliants Eminence offers, it’s easy to forget that once upon a time, exfoliation wasn’t this simple. Rae let me know that there used to be a strong belief that for an exfoliant to work, you really needed to ‘feel’ it. This led to abrasive and damaging exfoliants that could cause small tears in the skin. Thankfully, that is behind us. Repeat after me, skincare shouldn’t be painful. Products like the VitaSkin Peels mean you can exfoliate without feeling a thing and enjoy all the benefits. Yes please!
To really take your exfoliation to the next level, consider the Arctic Berry Peptide Peel System. The three-step process is designed to exfoliate, activate, and illuminate, and is perfect to keep that glow going in-between spa treatments! This kit is a must-have for anyone concerned with ageing or hyperpigmentation. Included is a peel treatment to use once a week and a daily moisturiser that contains a peptide illuminating complex to boost collagen naturally. What are you waiting for?
Tune back in next week for the final instalment and last two steps for your revamped new year routine.
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