Scrub time: how often should you exfoliate?

It’s one of the age-old beauty questions – and everyone seems to have an opinion on it! How often should you exfoliate your face? Well, it may surprise you to learn that it’s less frequently than you think.

Why exfoliate?

Over time, our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells, which can leave your complexion looking dull, dry and tired. By sloughing off those nasty old cells, you’ll reveal a brighter, smoother complexion. Exfoliation also tricks the skin into producing new cells, so it’s an essential in your anti-ageing arsenal (don’t forget, it’s never too early to begin an anti-ageing routine). Using a scrub that contains cleansing ingredients such as green tea and calendula will also help reduce inflammation and irritation, and prevent clogged pores and blemishes.

How often should I exfoliate?

If you're prone to sensitive skin, limit your facial exfoliation to once or twice a week – any more than that and you may start to see signs of redness and irritation. For those who have skin that falls more into the oily or combination camp, then you can safely exfoliate twice a week, so long as you’re using a gentle retoning facial scrub that doesn’t strip the skin of the good stuff.

What happens if I exfoliate too often?

Did you know that if you over-exfoliate, you’re actually more prone to breakouts? When you remove too much of the skin’s natural oils and defences, it goes into overdrive, producing more oil, which can lead to more breakouts. Most dermatologists agree that exfoliating three times a week is the absolute maximum, but the majority of people should be aiming for once or twice a week tops. You may find that your skin is drier during winter, so that would be a good time to increase the frequency and see how your skin reacts. Listen to your skin, and only exfoliate when it tells you it’s ready for a decent scrub.

How do I get the most out of my exfoliator?

Use the Blessed by Nature retoning facial scrub once a week after cleansing your skin, and then follow it up with a purifying face masque for a deeper clean and a natural glow year-round. 

Why you love Blessed by Nature’s Retoning Facial Scrub

We're not the only ones who loves this scrub – it seems you guys do too! Here’s what you had to say:

 

“Love how the crushed walnut shell scrubs away and dead skin, it smells divine and natural and the use of oils leaves the skin non dry and smelling fantastic. I find this scrub very invigorating.” Jessica

 

“I love the size of the granules and the texture of this scrub, and loved how smooth and soft it made my skin feel.” Gill

 

“I love the soft, gel-like consistency of this product, it’s not too thick and left my skin feeling soft and refreshed!” Meghan

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