Once a week I use a scrub with Salicylic acid. Exfoliation is a good way o renew your skin. A scrub is a physical exfoliant, as you rub off old, dead skin cells. Even if that is a very satisfying thing to do, you have to realize that it is quite aggressive. Especially if you a using a “chemical” exfoliant like Salicylic acid with it. This means that the rest of your routine must be targeted on healing, hydrating and moisturising.
For this I first use an Aloe Essence (mine also includes hyaluronic acid) and moisturise with a Mask that contains hyaluronic acid as well. Optional: you can dab some face oil (I use Argan) after putting on your regular day creme. Facial oils work as a barrier that prevents the loss of hydration, which is perfect to keep all the goodies in your skin, working their wonders. Keep in mind that you don’t need more than 1 or 2 drops of oil for you whole face. It’s better to use less and reapply more afterwards. If you’ve used too much, let it sit for a while like a mask and then dab the excess off with a tissue.
Note that hyaluronic acid is not the same as other acids. It works as a humectant, which means that it sucks water from a source around you – that can be the air, your damp face or – if you live in a very dry area – even the deeper layers of your skin. This is why it is usually recommended to leave your face slightly damp when applying this ingredient and letting it sink into your skin completely before layering anything on top of it.
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