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Clean Up Well: How To Exfoliate Your Face The Savvy Way

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 up the wattage on dull, dry and lackluster skin, giving it 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 Facial Wipes: the quick and easy way to exfoliate

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 Vitamins 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 away make-up.

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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 the exfoliating scrub onto warm, wet skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse with warm water and pat gently dry.

2. If you’re a washcloth kind of gal—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® Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash is super mellow on skin, and soaking up excess oil as it scrubs is its specialty.

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Exfoliating dos and don'ts

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 acne-prone, you may be over-exfoliating. Skin still looking a little lackluster? 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 to avoid damaging the skin.

Simple Soothing Facial Scrub and Exfoliating Facial Wipes sitting on the edge of a bath

When you've found the best exfoliating scrub or best exfoliating face wash for you, with these tips, you’re all set to get your exfoliation fix the savvy way. Here’s to happy, naturally healthy-looking skin!

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