A lot of steps go into gorgeous skin: cleansing, moisturizing, and habitually wearing sunscreen all play an important part. But for head-turning, next-level radiant skin, exfoliation needs to be part of your skin-care equation. “Exfoliating the face and body is incredibly important, as it rids the skin of buildup and dead skin cells,” board-certified dermatologist Howard Sobel tells Allure. “Exfoliating leaves your skin looking brighter, smoother, and healthier.”
All of us could benefit from a more even texture and complexion, and incorporating exfoliation into your routine is the key to getting there. And in addition to lessening the look of dullness and roughness, the act of sloughing skin can also help keep it clear and less likely to break out. “Exfoliators help cleanse skin, remove impurities, and prevent blackhead and whitehead formation,” says board-certified dermatologist Shari Sperling.
But much like Goldilocks and her porridge, it can take some trial and error to find the exfoliating regiment that’s right for you. “I advise patients to exfoliate regularly, from once a week for everyone to once or twice a day if you have issues such as acne, rough elbows, dry skin,” says board-certified dermatologist Loretta Ciraldo. (We have a guide for deciding how often might work best for you, of course.)
Once you have the frequency figured out, it’s time to hone in on the product and technique — but despite how popular they are, you’re not limited to just scrubs, with their physically exfoliating little particles. Depending on your skin concerns, you might be more of the once-weekly glycolic acid peel type, the nightly dry brushing type, or somewhere in between. It can feel overwhelming to figure out where to start, which is why we asked dermatologists to help us narrow down all the options.
Ahead, find their expert picks for cleansers, body lotions, serums, and more ways to exfoliate away those old skin cells and reveal the glow underneath.
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