Exfoliation, Yes. Exfoliators, No.
Removing dead cells keeps skin looking healthy and allows the good stuff in moisturizers and antiagers to sink in. But you don't need an overly aggressive exfoliating product to do it. Grooming brands are peddling an ever-increasing number of these face washes and scrubs, and their gritty formulas can irritate and inflame, says New York City dermatologist Rebecca Kleinerman. What should you use, then? A washcloth to gently wipe your face is exfoliation enough, Kleinerman says. Swipe (don't scrub) the cloth over your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin in a circular motion for a few seconds. For the rest of your skin, a once-over with body wash and a loofah is all the sloughing you need.