Now, the nitty gritty

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Should i ex­fo­li­ate in the morn­ing or night? ei­ther is fine, but if you use treat­ments at night like retinol, you may want to ex­fo­li­ate be­fore bed, as your skin will be more re­cep­tive once dead sur­face cells have been re­moved, says Dr. en­gel­man. what if i have a bad re­ac­tion? use a one per­cent hy­dro­cor­ti­sone cream on the area to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion, says derma heidi wal­dorf, md. and switch to a gen­tle cleanser and mois­tur­izer, like those from avène or cetaphil, un­til skin calms down. are mi­crobeads bad for the planet? plas­tic beads, of­ten found in scrubs, go down the drain and can even­tu­ally pol­lute rivers, lakes, and oceans. in De­cem­ber, pres­i­dent obama signed a bill into law that bans the man­u­fac­ture of cos­metic prod­ucts con­tain­ing mi­crobeads in the u.s. as of July 2017. many ma­jor com­pa­nies, such as unilever, proc­ter and gam­ble, John­son and John­son, and l’oréal, have al­ready elim­i­nated or are in the process of phas­ing out the beads, opt­ing for biodegrad­able, nat­u­ral al­ter­na­tives, such as rice, wax, and bam­boo ex­tracts. Should i avoid my eye area? Some ex­fo­lia­tors (such as Der­ma­log­ica Daily mi­cro­fo­liant, p2,550) are specif­i­cally made for the del­i­cate eye tis­sue. al­ways check the la­bel, and never use a scrub. can’t i Just use my body Scrub? no. body scrubs of­ten have harsher, larger gran­ules, made to even out the thicker, tougher skin below the neck. can i get a Der­mgrade peel at home? the pros of­ten use su­per­po­tent for­mu­las, which re­quire med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion. a close al­ter­na­tive: us­ing a peel pad sys­tem (try kiehl’s over-night bi­o­log­i­cal peel, p2,895, or phi­los­o­phy mi­crode­liv­ery in-home vi­ta­min c pep­tide peel, p3,995). the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fects cre­ate asur­face sim­i­lar to alow-grade med­i­cal peel over time. July 2016 cos­mopoli­tan

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