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Scrub up well: how to become face-exfoliation savvy.

Seems simple, right? And it is - when you know how! It’s no secret – exfoliating your face is great for buffing and brightening skin. But did you know that harsh rubbing can irritate our skin. Red, inflamed, upset skin. No thank you! Luckily there’s a savvy way to exfoliate that’s gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ready to get glowing?

So, why is exfoliating a skincare essential?

Get this. Skin cells regenerate non-stop, and it takes about a month for new skin cells to work their way up to the skin’s surface. Dead skin cells shed naturally (about 40,000 every hour!), but when skin cells linger on the skin’s surface they can clog pores. By exfoliating regularly, you can help turn the wattage up on dull, dry, and lacklustre skin, with a bright, Insta-ready glow.

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How often should you exfoliate your face?

If you’re new to exfoliating, now is a great time to start! First, test your chosen product on a small patch of skin, before gradually building it up to taking a regular spot in your skincare routine. Feeling a little sensitive? A weekly scrub easy does it. Want to reclaim control over oily skin? Taking it up to twice a week should hit the spot for absorbing excess oil and keeping breakout-prone skin clean and clear. So, which to choose?

Simple’s best exfoliating essentials:

Simple® Kind To Skin Exfoliating Wipes:

These clever double-sided exfoliating face wipes cleanse and exfoliate in one, making them perfect for when you’re in a hurry or on-the-go! Made with the purest skin-loving ingredients, and enriched with Vitamin B, E, and Aloe Vera, they revive your skin and leave it feeling smooth and refreshed.

How to use:
Step 1: Gently wipe the exfoliating side over the face and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area
Step 2: Work the smooth side over the face, neck, and eye area to cleanse and whisk make-up away

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Simple Kind To Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub: for perfectly smooth and glowing skin This exfoliating face scrub is enriched with skin-nourishing goodness like Pro-vitamin B5, Vitamin E, and Rice Granules, it gently yet effectively buffs away dead skin cells, revealing your skin’s natural, healthy-looking glow, and a brighter, more even-textured tone.

How to Use:
Think there’s just a single way to scrub? Where’s the fun in that! Keep your skincare routine fresh and switch it up with our fave three ways to work your scrub:

1. Keep fingertips light as you massage it onto warm, wet skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse with warm water and pat gently dry

2. If you’re a face cloth kind of girl - or trying out that new facial cleansing brush - work it in small circular motions, keeping pressure light so not to tug and stretch delicate skin. It’ll help dislodge dirt and make-up from pores, cleanse away excess oil, and slough away those dead skin cells

3. Can’t wait a week for your next face scrub fix? Switch your cleanser for a daily exfoliating face wash. Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub is super-mellow on skin, and soaking up excess oil as it scrubs is its speciality

Simple Soothing Facial Scrub and Exfoliating Facial Wipes sitting on bathroom sink

Exfoliating dos and don’t

Do: Choose natural, skin-loving ingredients like antioxidant-rich Rice Powder. Not only is it a natural when it comes to exfoliating, it helps absorb oil as it works

Don’t: Apply too much pressure. It can lead to irritation - leaving you and your skin feeling a little red-faced

Do: Let your skin decide how often you scrub. If your skin is becoming more red, sensitive, or spot-prone you may be over-exfoliating. Skin still looking a little lacklustre? Take it up a notch and add an extra face scrub sesh this week

Don’t: Exfoliate irritated skin. Let upset skin calm down before scrubbing up to avoid damaging the skin

We’re all set to get our exfoliation fix the savvy way. Here’s to happy, naturally healthy-looking skin!