Exfoliators: What They Are And How To Use Them

When you’re looking for new facial care products, pacing up and down the skincare aisle probably doesn’t help. So much is available—moisturizers, masks, exfoliators, spot treatments, etc. Even when you do finally decide on a product, you probably don’t even really know what it does! This used to happen to me all the time. I used to just buy exfoliators because I figured since they have the little beads, they’d be the most effective at clearing up my skin. In a way, I was kind of right.

Exfoliators are the bomb.com because all the gritty stuff in it is designed to remove all the dead skin and makeup on your face. Because your skin comes into contact with so much stuff on a daily basis (even air), it’s hard to keep your pores clear. If your pores (the teeny tiny little holes on your face) are all gooped up, mad breakouts start to occur and that just sucks. Good news is, using exfoliators is actually pretty easy:

Wet Your Face

This step is super important because you need to soften the dead skin cells before actually exfoliating. If not, your face may feel irritated and that would be a bummer.

Rub It All Over Your Face

Make sure to get every nook and cranny. You want the grainy part of the exfoliator to get into every single pore possible to do its work.

Massage In Circular Motions

By doing this, you’re allowing the exfoliator to work into the pores. Careful not to be too aggressive! You might rub your skin red. #ouch

Rinse Your Face Off

Make sure not to use a towel to rub the exfoliator off your face—your face is really sensitive and the rubbing motion will irritate it a bunch.

Pat Dry

Key word of this is to PAT it dry. Again, you don’t want to irritate your skin. It doesn’t have to be totally dry, so you don’t have to be that hardcore.

Do This Twice A Week (At Least) 

Okay, so dermatologists usually recommend you use an exfoliator twice a week, but I use mine every night. If you’re new to the world of exfoliators, start off with twice a week and if you find you need to use it more often, up the ante to three times a week then reevaluate.