Dull, dead skin cells – they’re ev­ery­where!

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty -

No, you’re not see­ing things – that prob­a­bly is an ashy tint on your face. “We shed mil­lions of dead skin cells a day, so un­less you do some­thing to ac­tively re­move the ones that don’t fall o nat­u­rally, you’re go­ing to have a grey­ish look, what­ever your skin tone,” says Dr Mona Go­hara, clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of der­ma­tol­ogy. Think of that dead-cell buildup like dust. Un­til you wipe it clean, it’s a dingy layer that pre­vents skin from re­flect­ing the light that gives o your glow.

THE SO­LU­TION

You need to gen­tly ex­fo­li­ate once or twice a week. “Scrubs with sugar or jo­joba es­ters are mild enough for even sen­si­tive skin, and grainy

scrubs with pul­verised nut shells are good for every­one else,” says direc­tor of cos­metic and clin­i­cal der­ma­tol­ogy Dr Joshua Ze­ich­ner. Peels use al­pha and beta hy­droxy acids to re­move dead skin cells; look for for­mu­las that con­tain sooth­ing in­gre­di­ents, like aloe and green tea, to help min­imise ir­ri­ta­tion and red­ness.

[1] Clin­ique Pep-start 2-In-1 Ex­fo­li­at­ing Cleanser R295 [2] The Body Shop Vi­ta­min C Glow-re­veal­ing Liq­uid Peel R175 [3] Gatineau Peel­ing Ex­pert Mi­cro­der­mabra­sion Ex­fo­li­at­ing Cream with Mi­cro-beads R450

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