Whenever I get a bride-to-be in my chair, I explain to them the importance of exfoliating prior to their wedding day. Here’s why!
Exfoliating sheds your skin of the old, dead skin cells that are preventing your new, silky smooth skin from showing through. Not only does this make your skin look duller, it can also make your makeup look extra caked on and dry. It also prevents your daily skincare regimen from working properly and penetrating deep enough.
The key to getting a good exfoliation is knowing the difference between physical and chemical exfoliators. A chemical exfoliator doesn’t have the grainy texture like it’s physical counterpart. Instead, it’s smooth to the touch and is packed with exfoliating acids such as alpha hydroxyl acid, or AHA, and fruit acids. This is often the more gentle option when it comes to exfoliating.
Physical exfoliators on the other hand are more abrasive. These products tend to include ingredients like grains and jojoba beads. These technically scrub the service and is what most people tend to think of when it comes to exfoliating. They are often referred to as a “scrub” for this reason. My biggest suggestion when it comes to physical exfoliators is to be super careful which one you pick. There are many out on the market that are very harmful to your skin and actually create microscopic cuts along your face each time you use them. This obviously leads to nothing good – so please, consult your esthetician, makeup artist, or another professional who knows which are the best to use!
My personal favorite is the Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask. It stays on for only 5 minutes, comes off gently, and removes all the dead skin preventing your makeup from applying its best and leaves skin looking and feeling its healthiest!
The good news is you only have to exfoliate 1-2 times per week! Over exfoliating can lead to sensitivity and redness.
BONUS PRO TIP: Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips! You’ll need them to be extra soft and supple for your wedding day!
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