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Scrub your way to healthier, younger looking skin
What’s standing between you and a radiant complexion? Odds are, a buildup of dull, dead skin. The fastest way to reveal smoother, younger looking skin is to exfoliate with a scrub or at-home peel, and these days you can find options at every price point. But before you scrub-a-dub-dub, make sure you’re using the best exfoliant for your skin type.
Chemical exfoliation: Ingredients like glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids dissolve the “glue” that holds dead skin cells on the surface. As a result, these acids reduce the depth of surface wrinkles, smooth the skin and help keep skin in the clear. ONE TO TRY: B. Kamins offers glycolic acid treatments in 6, 8 and 10 percent concentrations so you can choose based on your sensitivity level. (If you’re fair-skinned or this is your first foray into chemical exfoliation, start with the Glycolic-6.) Starting at $44, bkamins.com
Manual exfoliation: Also called physical exfoliation, this process relies on a rough surface or small abrasive particles that slough dead cells away to smooth and buff the skin. Because manual exfoliation can be potentially irritating, it’s best avoided by those with sensitive skin or active acne. ONE TO TRY: Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion contains pharmaceutical-grade crystals that leave you with a radiant glow. $75, drbrandtskincare.com
Enzyme-based exfoliation: These products utilize enzymes that literally eat away dead skin cells to reveal smoother, fresher skin. And because enzymes have the ability to shut themselves off, they leave healthy skin intact and are great for more sensitive skin. ONE TO TRY: June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Mask contains a variety of fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate while moisturizing and helping to tighten the skin on both the face and body. $60, junejacobs.com
Inside tip: When you remove the uppermost layers of the skin, you leave yourself more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun, so be sure to use SPF 30 on a daily basis while using exfoliants-or every day for that matter!