There are three rules for great skin. 1: wear SPF every single day. 2: drink tons of water, and 3: exfoliate regularly.
Your face has layers and layers of dead skin and gunk on top of dewey, soft, glowing skin. I like to think of it as a croissant. So unless you want to have skin that resembles that of a french pastry with sun spots, I highly suggest you exfoliate regularly.
Here are 3 products I use and absolutely love, as well as a cheap DIY trick.
*Note. Exfoliate regularly doesn’t mean scrub your face like it’s a huge mosquito bite every chance you get.
You know those wipes you get when you eat wings or ribz? Well these are the same thing, but instead of wiping off BBQ sauce, you are wiping off fine lines, sun spots, acne, and a bunch of gunk, and are left with calmer, glowing, unbelievably soft skin. My mom just got me hooked on these. It’s a 2 step peel, and is fool proof. The first time I felt my cheeks after using it, I was amazed.
I’ve been using this for a while now and swear by it. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s cleared up my skin (I still struggle with acne a little, and it can also be used as a spot treatment), and really has evened out my skin tone. It even gives you a cool tingling sensation on your face when you apply it. I believe it has a combo of sugar cane extract and bilberry extract. Whatever it is, it works, and has successfully erased spring break of 2003 from my face (I think)
I wish I had a before and after pic for this one. I used to have this big dark freckle on my cheek (thank you Spring Break 2002) and tons of small red bumps around my chin. After using this bad boy for a few weeks, the red bumps went away. After 3 or so months, buh bye big dark spot. I swear by the Clarisonic. I’ve been using it regularly since 2008 (when I actually remember to charge it), and it’s the superman of exfoliation land.
4: At Home sugar scrub.
When I first learned about the sugar scrub, I totally doubted it. After trying it out, I am a believer in the power of sugar. All you do is this: after washing your face, gently scrub about a quarter size amount of sugar on your damp face until it tuns into a sticky goop. Contiue rubbing in small circles for another 30 seconds or so, then rinse. It’s basically an easy at home glycolic peel. I am known to take an extra sugar packet, or 12 at Starbucks so I can easily do this scrub a few times a week.
Hopefully there is some method here that will help someone out, and keep us all a little bit further from having a croissant face.