We get it! It can be super overwhelming and confusing trying to find the right exfoliant.
Gone are the days of harsh, gritty scrubs, stripping your skin of its natural oils and leaving you with dry and flaky skin…which is kind of the opposite of the point of exfoliating.
Now there are almost too many options to choose from, you can exfoliate your skin by using a granular scrub, a purpose-made chemical product or exfoliation tools such as an electric cleansing/exfoliating brush - but which is best?
What Does Exfoliating Do?
Simply put, exfoliating helps remove unwanted dull, dead skin cells so your skin will look healthier, brighter and your other skincare products can work their magic.
Every 30 days or so, your skin naturally loses dead skin cells. New skin cells create the top layers of your skin and if the dead cells don’t shed, your skin may become dull, dry and flaky.
Exfoliating eliminates those dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to help speed up that process.
So, is there a more gentle option available for those worried about overdoing it?
Well, you’re in luck because we have just found our new go-to product - a DAILY Milkfoliant!
What the heck is a Milkfoliant?
Dermalogica has released an exfoliating powder that calms and soothes while also helping to top up the moisture levels of your skin without stripping your natural oils.
Plus it’s vegan, cruelty-free and the bottle is made from 50% recycled plastic.
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
Now you don’t have to play a guessing game about when your skin will need a good buff because with Dermalogica’s Milkfoliant you can add exfoliating into your everyday routine.
Caroline Parker, Dermalogica New Zealand's Head of Education explains the product is “packed with Oat, Coconut, and botanical extracts rich in Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) - a splash of water transforms this powder into a rich, creamy lather that gently polishes away dead skin cells.”
Daily Milkfoliant is clinically proven to smooth skin calmly; with 90% of consumers having significant smoothness after just one use!
How to Exfoliate Your Skin:
When exfoliating, it’s important to be gentle on your skin. Being too harsh can be drying and could lead to microtears of the skin.
Dermalogica’s Daily Milkfoliant is great because it comes as a powder and you can be reassured that no harsh grits will be tearing at your skin or stripping you of your natural oils.
After cleansing, dispense a half-teaspoon into wet hands and create a creamy lather by rubbing your hands together. Apply to the face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly.
After exfoliating, apply a nourishing body moisturiser to help keep your skin glowing.
Avoid exfoliating if you have any cuts, open wounds or sunburn on your skin.
What are the Benefits of Exfoliating?
Exfoliation not only removes dead skin from your face and body but also helps with other skincare concerns and increases the performance of your normal skincare routine, resulting in healthy, glowing skin.
Here are some of our favourite benefits of exfoliating:
Reduce blemished skin and breakouts
You might assume exfoliating isn't for you if you have acne or breakouts, but a good exfoliation routine could be just what you need if you have acne-prone or blemished skin.
Exfoliating can help clear pores and reduce the growth of whiteheads and blackheads if you suffer from breakouts.
A gentle exfoliation routine can aid in the breakdown of bacteria and speed up the production of new skin cells.
Keep your skin hydrated
If you’re guilty of dodging exfoliation, it’s likely your skin is also suffering from dehydration.
The layers of dead skin cells can build up, making it harder for your skin to absorb the hydrating moisturisers you apply.
You can buff away dead skin cells and eliminate dry, flaky skin by exfoliating regularly.
Follow up by applying a moisturiser to the new skin cells to help improve moisture absorption and reap the benefits of healthy, hydrated skin.
Stimulate blood flow
Did you know that exfoliating your skin improves blood flow? Exfoliating promotes blood flow, which aids in the elimination of toxins and impurities.
This enhanced blood circulation reduces the appearance of cellulite, increases skin elasticity, and gives you an amazing radiant glow.
Daily Milkfoliant comes in a 74g bottle selling for $119, so you’re really getting bang for your buck!
Find it at authorised Dermalogica Skin Centres, Department Stores, Life Pharmacies and online at dermalogica.co.nz.
This article was produced by The Edge in association with Dermalogica, New Zealand.