It isnâ€™t often that life provides the opportunity for a do-over. But every 30 days, explains Debra Jaliman, a New York Cityâ€“based dermatologist, our bodies create a whole new layer of skin that slowly works its way up to the surface as the old one is naturally sloughed off. As we age, this regenerative process slows down, and fresh skin takes longer to reveal itself. Gentle exfoliation can speed up the process. Who knew that flaking out could be a good thing?
Look for scrubs made of natural grains instead of plastic beads, which can stick around in the environment after theyâ€™ve gone down the drain.
1. Prep: Exfoliating should be your very last step before getting out of the shower, says Jaliman. You want skin to be as hydrated as possible so that the scrub doesnâ€™t scratch. Start with just once a week, then slowly increase to up to three times.