Getting Serious about Skincare: Exfoliation


Normally I have dry and somewhat acne prone skin - however I have been blessed with great skin while pregnant. I had almost no blemishes or breakouts while pregnant with Josie, and the same has stayed true for these last 9 months. With the knowledge that I can take a break from worrying for a little while - the last few years I have become extremely lazy in my routine. During this laziness I've found myself picking up inexpensive drug store face washes, including the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash containing the tiny micro scrubber beads (I know, i know! But I like the grapefruit scent and it's so cheap!)

Those tiny micro scrubber beads are pure evil - and I've been hearing it from friends in the skincare industry for years. But as of this week, they will now be illegal! If you're like me, and find yourself wanting to exfoliate, but are not sure which scrubbing route to take - this post is for you!

This week my best friend and skin care guru, Nichelle is back to talk to everyone at Touch of Curl about exfoliation. Her last post discussing her own personal skin care routine was one of the most talked about and re-shared posts I've had, so I'm glad she is back for our monthly feature!

Nichelle is a professionally trained and licensed Esthetician working in Manhattan. She was trained at the Aveda Institute in Soho, NY and has been working as an Esthetician in NY since graduating in 2013. She can be found working at Beaute Oblige 60th & Madison specializing in treatments such as Radio frequency for non-surgical face lift, Electro-Therapy Currents for Anti-Aging /Skin Tightening Treatment for the Face and Neck, and Ultra sound body contouring for tightening and cellulite reduction. She also works as a Skincare Training Expert for Bluemercury Salons, working throughout their various New York locations to train other Estheticians on their philosophy and practices. 

Nichelle: I am beyond excited about this new bill! For years I have been telling clients to stay away from scrubs. They cause microscopic tears on the skin which then makes the skin dry, leading to the skin producing more sebum (oil) to make up for the lack of moisture. They are also too large to get into your pores and therefore aren't clearing away any blackheads. When I was a teenager I used to use St. Ives Apricot Scrub (who didn't?) and a Clean and Clear scrub of some sort. While I was studying at The Aveda Institute my instructor explained the damage and suggested using these products on feet and elbows - but never the delicate skin on your face. Exfoliating is an important part of your skincare regimen so here are a few products for you to use instead of these. 

Clarisonic- with its soft bristles it's able to clear away debris in the pores. I don't suggest using it every day but 3 nights a week is good. I do a weekly mask and use my Clarisonic after the mask has set as part of the removal. 

Aveda Liquid Exfoliant- the active ingredient in this product is Salicylic acid. After cleansing and drying, use a clean cotton swab and swipe over your skin. Again use this a few times a week, not daily.

M-61 Power Peel Pads- These are a great option for travel. They come in individual one time use packets. The active ingredients are a small percent of salicylic and glycolic acid. Rub over clean dry skin for a minute or so in circular motions. The product will tingle as the acids penetrate the pores promoting cellular turnover. Leave on skin overnight.

Dermalogica Exfoliating Powder- I've saved my favorite for last! It's a gentle rice powder, small enough to clean pores, and can be used as often as you want. Sprinkle a little on fingertips, add a few drops of water and then clean your face. 

Lastly, for an ultimate skin rejuvenating exfoliation see your esthetician for a chemical peel! Contrary to popular belief they are not going to leave your skin red and irritated for days (despite what you may have seen on Sex & The City!) 

I hope you enjoyed these tips and suggestions for new exfoliating options, and thanks to Nichelle for guest posting!

Interested in more skincare and beauty posts? Check out this popular post on my everyday makeup essentials or this post on my pregnancy skin care routine! Or even better - comment or email topic ideas or questions for our next beauty segment with Nichelle!

Thanks for reading! 

Xoxo Colleen