My skin’s DRY. Will Exfoliating strip it?
No—in fact, flakes inhibit the full penetration of moisturizer. “Oil gets trapped, causing tiny, pimple-like bumps,” says Glot. Your best bet: gentle chemical exfoliators (an Aha-rich serum dissolves bonds between dead cells) or a light facial scrub (Doll Face’s [ uses jojoba beads). Follow with a hydrating lotion, every two or three days. weekly treatment: Transform skin from dull to dewy with this Kiehl’s mask [ that exfoliates with crushed cranberry seeds while turmeric extract leaves skin brighter and glowier.
But i’m oily and acneprone! Will i Break out?
Stay away from rough scrubs, which contribute to breakouts. Chemical versions—such as a face wash with glycolic or salicylic (the latter of which is in Pixi [ remove grime and penetrate oil to break down pore-clogging dead skin cells. weekly treatment: Clay and charcoal masks absorb excess oil. Try Bobbi Brown’s mask [
i’m WAY too sensitive...
Gritty scrubs are definitely off limits, but most people can benefit from a mild, short-contact exfoliating product. Consider a cleanser or toner rich in fruit or plant enzymes, twice a week, to deep clean gently, like Mario Badescu’s toner [ weekly treatment: Use a cool, wet washcloth in circular motions to loosen and sweep away dead skin cells.
What should i Do for my normal skin?
Normal usually means combo— an oily T-zone and dry cheeks—which can benefit from the Goldilocks of exfoliators: baking soda. In a waterless, powder-cleanser form like Murad’s [ it’s easy to adjust the strength: Add less water for a stronger scrub (perfect for the T-zone) and more for a gentler one (ideal for the cheeks). Do this two or three times a week. weekly treatment: Home peels are an option for problem-free skin. Start with a glycolic-acid concentration below 10 percent and slowly work your way up to stronger products. Try Altchek MD [ which help diminish fine lines and fade spots.