If you’re feeling the effects of the recent festive excesses, your skin may be dull and fatigued. Now, more than ever, your skin is crying out for a good exfoliation and face mask. Detox your skin this new year and make sure to keep up the habit as part of your weekly skincare routine.
You should exfoliate your skin at least once a week – any more and you run the risk of damaging the delicate skin barrier, which will lead to angry, red skin. Removing dead skin cells promotes new skin cell growth, ensuring smooth and elastic skin. In general, here are two types of exfoliators to choose from: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliators include ingredients like acids and enzymes, while physical exfoliators include scrubs, facial cleansing brushes and even the humble wash cloth. Chemical exfoliators are more gentle on skin and are ideal for dry, dehydrated, sensitive and acne-prone skins. Normal and combination skins can handle physical exfoliation better.
After exfoliating, it’s time to soothe the skin with a mask. If you have oily skin, opt for clay-based masks that will help absorb excess oil. Combination types will benefit from ingredients such as almond, oatmeal and honey, which exfoliate gently and help retain moisture. Dry skin types should seek out seaweed and hyaluronic acid-based masks and other super hydrating ingredients such as shea butter or cocoa. Apply onto freshly exfoliated skin that you’ve gently patted dry, kick back and enjoy! Follow with a hydrating moisturising cream and if you’re heading outside, slather on the sunscreen.
Our pick of scrubs
1. The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
Made with probiotics and lactic acid, this scrub exfoliates, hydrates and promotes collagen production, as well as targeting fine lines as a bonus. Ideal for breakouts and acne-prone skin.
2. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Exfoliating Cleansing Powder
Made with charcoal to help prevent clogged pores, this is another scrub suitable to oily and problem skin.
3. Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer
If you’re after smooth, glowing skin – and who isn’t – Dermalogica’s hydroxy acid, green tea and rooibos based exfoliant can be used daily to brighten skin. Suitable for all skin types.
4. Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub
Packed with antioxidants, this crystal exfoliator also features hyaluronic acid, nourishing seaweed and organic red tea extracts to help eradicate dull skin. Suitable for all skin types.
5. St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask
This two-in-one product works both as a scrub and mask. Ideal for dry skin types, it’s made with oatmeal, honey and walnut.
Our pick of masks
1. Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub
Perfect for ridding skin of impurities and pollutants, this face mask, which is ideal for oily skin, is gentle enough to be used daily.
2. Missha Black Ghassoul Tightening Mask
This wash-off mask is great for cleansing pores and tightening the skin. Ideal for oily skin.
3. Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask
If you’re prone to blemishes but have dry skin, this face mask from Lush – made with antiseptic honey – is just the thing. It acts as a mask and exfoliator in one and smells delightful.
4. Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Formula Antioxidant Facial Mask
This award-winning mask is ideal for normal and dry skin types. Not only does it smell gorgeous, it also exfoliates gently, leaving you with brighter skin.
5. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
This mask for problem skin is not only a bargain, but can be applied to your face as well as body.