Exfoliation is essential if you want to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh but there are some products that are a must if you want to make the most of this step in your skincare routine. Here are some of our exfoliation-enhancing skin essentials…
Cleansing Is Key
So this isn’t exactly a ‘post-exfoliation’ step but it is key if you want to achieve the best results from your chosen scrub or acid-based treatment. By effectively cleansing your skin beforehand, you’re enhancing the performance of your exfoliator by ensuring that it is sloughing away at dead cells, rather than just dirt and make-up. A must have for us is the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex which effectively removes excess oils, impurities and make-up from the surface of the skin while managing to go deep within the pores to loosen debris and bacteria. It’s ability to sweep away daily dirt makes it the perfect companion for your favourite exfoliator, plus it contains White Willow Bark Extract which prevents blemishes.
Keep Calm and Exfoliate On
You may find that some exfoliators can cause your skin to become inflamed or red. This is fine, unless you are facing severe pain and discomfort post-exfoliation, then you should stop using the product that is causing this. The best way to calm down the skin is to reach for a soothing serum to blanket your complexion in comfort and nourishment. We love the SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Serum which is enriched with botanical extracts of Cucumber, Thyme and Grapefruit along with Hyaluronic Acid to significantly soothe and balance stressed skin. Just apply three to five drops of this potent green product after exfoliating and you’ll not only find that your skin is sufficiently calmed, but it can also reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven pigmentation.
Choose The Right Moisturiser
While a single exfoliation session won’t strip your skin of all its moisture, carrying out this process repeatedly without using a good moisturiser can leave your skin feeling and looking dryer than it did pre-exfoliation. Just like the body needs water, the skin needs to stay hydrated in order to repair itself from external aggressors, so choosing a moisturiser like the Make P:rem Safe Me Relief Moisture Cream 12 which contains Glycerin, will lock moisture deep within the skin. When applied, this light cream provides maximum hydration for the skin while working to soothe irritation and inflammation using a cocktail of Nordic Berry Extract, Sage Oil and Ceramides.
Protection Is A Priority
If you’re on top of your skincare knowledge then you of course know that you need to apply sunscreen rain or shine. However, this step becomes extra important after exfoliating due to your skin being left highly sensitive and more susceptible to damage from UV rays. The Skincity Essentials Sun Protection SPF50 Stick is a solid sunscreen containing high factor UV filters alongside antioxidant Vitamin E to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays. It’s super easy to apply and features Sunflower Seed Extract which supports the skin’s collagen stores and maintains a strong epidermal barrier, ensuring skin remains balanced and healthy all year round.