To the good people of the world: you should exfoliate.
No, really. You should. And we’re not just talking about any kind of exfoliation, like exfoliating our thunder thighs, which, let’s be real, feels really great; we’re talking about exfoliating your face. That beautiful face of yours.
Consider the following: over the course of 24 hours, you’ve been pelted with acid rain, walked through the exhaust fumes of a truck transporting baby kale (very trendy), been slapped in the face with a Taco Bell chalupa (it happens), grabbed leftover Chinese food out of the trash, ate it (SO hungry), and then touched your face constantly while nervous in a board meeting.
Or you just went to the gym, worked out, and sweat.
Regardless, you’ve likely weathered your skin cells to the core and basically killed them. No, yeah, they’re totally dead. And probably dry. Dead and dry. Take a piece of tape, apply it to your face, and peel it off — if you see some flaky skin…
You should exfoliate, a.k.a. take off that layer of dead skin to help stimulate new cell production, prepare your face for shaving, reduce ingrown hairs, and give your skin an overall more even, smooth appearance. We basically sound like a Neutrogena commercial.
BUT, big question is: why do so many guys not realize this? LIFE IS SUCH A MYSTERY. Nevertheless, here’s what we use.
Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System
We use a gentle, basic cleanser (Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser) and typically exfoliate 2-4 times a week while taking a shower/ also singing The Weeknd’s new album. Kidding. We sing Katy Perry. Of note: we opt for the Sensitive Brush Head since this allows us to exfoliate more often without irritating our skin.
Baxter of California Facial Scrub or Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub
These two scrubs are what we pack for the gym or when we’re traveling. For a softer, more milky scrub, we opt for Baxter. For a quick wake-me-up scrub, we opt for Kiehl’s.
We’ve Got Time for a Mask
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack or Lush Don’t Look At Me
The greatest gift of all is the gift of time, and when we have it, we mask. We like to use masks that have exfoliants in them in order to take advantage of the exfoliation when washing the mask away. The Mega Greens Galaxy Pack includes orange peel, and the Don’t Look At Me mask includes ground rice. If we had to rank the two, Glossier wins… always.
Exfoliate. Moisturize. Repeat (just not every day).
Question is: does anyone out there use another exfoliant that they swear by?!
I really enjoy using the Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream, it’s really refreshing and doesn’t leave your skin stinging. Caution though: It’s packaged exactly the same as their Deep Cleansing Exfoliator, and I only realized my mistake after applying it on my face in the shower. Luckily Sephora exchanges everything!