Five Fab Facts About Exfoliation

By | August 5 2008 | 30 Comments


One of the best things you can do for your skin is to exfoliate it. Helping to ease congestion in spotty, blemished skin, it refines pores and can give dry skin back a bit of its lustre. But there’s more to exfoliating than whacking on some gritty stuff out of a tube every now and then. Here are a few things you may not know about how to get – and keep – skin looking its absolute best:

  1. Oils have a mild exfoliative effect and this makes them brilliant for use as a moisturiser before bedtime. Over night, skin is renewed and you’ll wake up looking fresher. Plus, oils are really nourishing, comforting and brilliant for dry complexions. Try Irish brand Nadur’s Radiant Face Rescue Serum. Decleor, Darphin, Trilogy and Weleda are all good choices too.
  2. Face cloths can help to gently resurface skin too – but not lovely fluffy ones. Nope, a cheaper, thinner version is yer only man. Use as a sort of Eve Lom/Liz Earle substitute with a creme or gel cleanser, and skin will be given that little extra bit of help.
  3. How often should we be scrubbin’ with the exfoliating grains, gels or pastes? Two to three times a week, and no more.
  4. Rice and fruit are brilliant ingredients for exfoliant products – the acids in fruit gently resurface skin without to much scrubbing, and rice is less harsh than pumice or the gritty grains you often find in cheaper brands.
  5. Exfoliating skin does more than just clear congestion and blemishes – it can make you look younger too. How? Dead skin cells settle in lines and make them appear deeper. Clear the gunk out and it stands to reason you’ll look less lined.

Got any good tips yourselves? Share them in a comment!

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30 Replies to "Five Fab Facts About Exfoliation"

  • MontyC says:

    I use a face cloth that I bought in Muji and it’s brilliant. Would never go back to not using one.

  • dreamgirl says:

    Modern friction by Origins is the bomb!
    Another “must have” has introduced me too!

  • Admin says:

    it just works, doesn’t it?

  • MontyC says:

    I use the clarins one with the orange bits in it and it’s fantastic

  • Dobby says:

    I use my Clarins Pure Melt cleansing gel with a scratchy face cloth and it’s really good.
    For “proper” exfoliating I use St Ives. I love those Apricot bits…havent found anyhting better!

  • Twinkletoes says:

    I love Dermalogica Microfoliant as well as the Modern Friction.

  • baby in a corner says:

    i don’t exfoliate as i use dr hauschka products and i don’t find my skin anymore flakey than it used to be. in fact its probably better!

  • liitlesis says:

    I use Origins Modern Friction and got a new Clinique Exfoliating Scrub, which is also excellent.

  • Poppins says:

    i use the mens yonka exfoliator and at nite about twice a week i put on bio oil, is that okay i wonder? its an oil so am presuming its got to be good? and ya i use a face cloth too.

  • Cathspyjamas says:

    Another vote for Daily Microfoliant – it’s genius in powder form.

  • Millie says:

    I use the Clarins one aswell, luvin it
    Still a bit spotty though
    Have started the Normaderm stuff, seems to be makin an improvement alrite, have to give it another few weeks 1st though to be sure

  • UnaSpoona says:

    I love the clarins one with orange bits for face as well – One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser I think its called – and have just discovered Clarins Smoothing Body Scrub For a New Skin which is just fab-i-lis – not too rough. I find some too rough for my skin and this is the perfect consistency.

    btw sorry have not been posting much lately but still reading avidly …when 5 week old baby allows! :D

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    I find that since using an oil cleanser and a retinol night cream that I don’t need to exfoliate any more. It’s mad. I ran out of my St. Ives and haven’t even replaced it yet. But if I do need to exfoliate again, then it’ll be the St. Ives all the way. It’s great stuff and cheap as chips.

  • Admin says:

    something like retinol does act as an exfoliant, so that’s probably why

  • ladyelvis says:

    I love the Dermalogica Microfoliant. But for emergiencies I use the Dermalogica daily resurfacer pads-they are so fab! really take off those horrible post-zit flaky patches. I’m a Dermalogica junkie now I think.

  • baby in a corner says:

    maybe its the dr h normalising oil that has a slight exfoliating effect?

  • Aphrodite says:

    Origins Modern Friction for me too yes indeedy

  • Breige says:

    I use St Ives usually when I do exfoliate but I recently heard that it’s not good for you.I got this from another site
    ‘The apricot in the product isn’t apricot seed, but poorly ground apricot pit. Therefore the edges are jagged and cause microscopic tears in delicate facial skin, leaving small wounds (though naked to the eye) that harbor bacteria and cause heaps of skin problems.’
    apparently someone else looked at it under a microscope and it was a very spiky looking.though I think the gentle sensitive skin version isn’t like that.
    I sometimes use an Olay scrub,it’s a heating one,can’t remember what it’s called

  • Admin says:

    Breige – oh, interesting! I must say I always found it way too scrubby and harsh meself.

  • Breige says:

    I quite like it as a scrub!Though yes,it can be a bit harsh sometimes,though I bought the sensitive one by mistake and it is a lot less harsh.though it certainly doesn’t sound good,the whole idea of letting extra bacteria in!a lot of exfoliants are like this though,too rough,you really need rounded/polished beads to prevent this from happening.on that same site I listed above,someone mentioned they use coffee and honey as an exfoliant!crazy.
    and I could be wrong but I think the oils work because in order to wash away oil,you need to actually dissolve it in oil(I learnt about it in science but can’t really remember the whole technical side to it!though it makes sense,water doesn’t dissolve oil)a lot of people on that website say they use Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)to cleanse,I’ll have a search around for some website about it.I think it can make some people’s skin break out though,but for those it works on,it’s supposed to be brilliant.I’ve never tried it though every now and again,I use Bio Oil as a moisturizer and take off the excess with some cotton wool,my skin is really soft in the morning after

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