Re-evaluating Your Skincare Routine  - Why Exfoliate? | People Magazine

Re-evaluating Your Skincare Routine  – Why Exfoliate?

Exfoliation is probably the most over- and under-used step in anybody’s skincare regime.  Some people over exfoliate skin to such an extent that more oil and sensitivity is created as a protective mechanism.  Some people forget this crucial step in their skincare regime all together, leaving a dull lack lustre skin as a result of a build-up of dead cells. If exfoliation is incorporated into your skincare routine more often and correctly, you will be guaranteed of a more radiant, youthful and revitalised complexion. Stephanie-Anne Dickenson, Optiphi’s Training Specialist explains why exfoliation should be part of your skincare regime.

How often should you exfoliate?

It all depends on your skin type.  Oily, congested skins should exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week to prevent clogging of the pores due to the oil-dead cell build-up.

Mature and dryer skins should exfoliate at least once or twice a week, depending on the sensitivity of the skin, as dry skins are more prone to sensitivity and dehydration.  The more the skin is routinely exfoliated, the faster and more efficient the cellular turnover of the skin will be.   The blood circulation is stimulated and accelerated and the formation of expression lines will be prevented.   This is vitally important for your overall ‘glow’ and ensuring that effective penetration of active ingredients.

What should you exfoliate with?

Exfoliating products does not need to cost you an arm and a leg. By incorporating a gentle exfoliating cloth such as the Optiphi Muslin Cloth, you can achieve a marvellous exfoliating action.  Light circular movements is key, refrain from wanting to ‘scrub’ the skin as this will either cause sensitivity or excessive production of oil.

Another fantastic exfoliating method to safely use on all skin types, is a chemical exfoliator.  A chemical exfoliator contains an array of Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids. The Refine Foliant from Optiphi not only provides an even and thorough exfoliation, but also hydrates the skin by the incorporation of lactic acid.

Do your bit for the environment and avoid using granular exfoliators.  Remember, the microbeads are made of plastic!  One tube of exfoliator can contain up to a million plastic microbeads.

Muslin Cloth: R197, Optiphi

Refine-Foliant: R720, Optiphi



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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