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How Do I Properly Exfoliate My Skin?

If you want to go the extra mile for your skin, try implementing exfoliating methods into your skincare routine. You cannot penetrate the deeper layers of skin just by cleansing. Exfoliating goes beneath the surface to extract dead skin cells, blackheads/whiteheads, and impurities like dirt and clogged pores. With these methods, you will notice smooth, purified skin like never before. 

PERLE Ultrasonic Spatula: Our personal favorite—this 24k gold-plated exfoliating device offers two modes: lift and cleanse. The cleanse function is designed to withdraw debris from those pesky pores. The ultrasonic frequencies combined with the thin spatula work deep within to loosen sebum from hard to reach areas like the chin and nose. Immediately after using, you will notice minimized pores and less texture on the face.  

How to use: Start with a fresh face. Press the ON/OFF button once to stimulate cleanse mode. We recommend keeping the skin moist with your favorite serum, oil, or mist so the spatula can glide seamlessly over the area. With the tip of the spatula facing down, press onto the area gently and sweep in upward motions. You will be able to see the impurities transferring onto the spatula as you work through each section of the face. We recommend using cleanse mode twice per week for best results.

Pro tip: Use PERLE after facial steaming, sauna or hot towel compress. This will open up the pores, making it easier to extract impurities. They will then be more susceptible to absorbing facial creams and serums.

Click Here to see Perle extracting whiteheads from clogged pores.

Exfoliating Masks: The possibilities are endless when you want to exfoliate with a mask. When you don’t exfoliate regularly, you leave a layer of dead skin cells on the surface that can make your face appear dull and flaky. Masks can aid in replenishing the skin while removing impurities like dirt and clogged pores.

Your skin type will best determine which mask is right for you. If you suffer from oily skin, we recommend a clay mask to draw out excess oil and leftover makeup after cleansing. For drier skin, we recommend a brightening peel-off mask that gently removes the top layer of debris and flaky skin. We recommend using exfoliating masks 3 times per week.

Pro tip: For hard to reach areas like the nose and chin, we recommend using pore strips. Gently wet the area and apply the strip, making sure it is flush against the skin with no folds or creases. Leave on for 10 minutes, or until the strip has become solid. Gently peel away to reveal sebum and dirt extracted from the skin. This process will aid in unclogging and minimizing the appearance of pores. 

Chemical Peels: This process requires patience and commitment, but the results are well worth the time. If you have never gotten a chemical peel before, we recommend visiting a dermatologist the first go. They will best determine which peel is right for your skin type. Chemical peels are tailored toward your skin and the goals you want to achieve. 

Chemical peels can achieve the following depending on which one is right for you: improving discoloration/scarring, brightening dull skin, reducing fine line and wrinkles, smoothing skin’s texture and overall appearance, and even reducing large pores and acne. 

If you are more experienced with chemical peels and want to perform one at home, make sure to do your research in finding which products are right for you. Watch this video from Carillion Clinic for a better breakdown of which ingredients will fit your needs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9U0FseGhQE

Pro tip: This process may cause redness and overall peeling of the top layer of dead skin cells, so try to plan a time when you can lay low for a few days. Depending on the harshness of the peel, you may experience peeling for up to 7 days. Talk to your dermatologist to see which peel is right for you!

Celebrity aesthetician Shekinah Garner recommends her Cosmelan MD peel for those with hyperpigmentation. Look at these results two weeks after the treatment on actress Shawna Craig!

Dry brushing the body: This popular method yields both physical and mental results. Your face isn’t the only thing that needs purification of dead skin and dirt. Dry brushing is done with a natural-bristle brush, so you should never experience pain or discomfort during this form of exfoliation. 

Dry brushing stimulates the lymph system so that you can rid your body of toxins and unwanted materials. The rule of thumb is to start low on the body and work upwards. Once you reach your upper body, brush in downwards motions, always sweeping towards your heart. 

This process gently removes dead skin cells and aids in blood circulation. You may also get a surge of endorphins while brushing, which will result in glowier, healthier-looking skin. You can dry brush every day and tailor the length of time to your schedule. 

Pro tip: Perform this process in the shower so you are not inhibited by clothing, and the dead skin cells can wash away. Focus more on the areas that are dry to produce smoother feeling skin. Dry brushing can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. Be patient with this process and perform consistently for noticeable results. 

About The Author
Tori Ihnen

Tori Ihnen

Tori is both the office manager for Daria Chuprys Permanent Makeup Studio and Golden Brows Academy, and the blog writer for DARCASE INC. Tori is originally from Kansas, and she relocated to Los Angeles 1 year ago. She graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Writing and a minor in Public Relations and Advertising. Tori is loving the LA life and all the opportunities she has had working with DARCASE. She is passionate about all things beauty and skincare, and she can't think of a better job than writing and informing others of this ever-changing industry.
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