Exfoliating your skin is a key way to have skin that glows! The outer layer of your skin is actually accumulated dead skin! These dead cells sheds off throughout the day as newer cells push the older cells outwards. Skin can look dull & lifeless because this visible layer of cells likely died days ago and cell turnover slows down with age.
To reveal more radiant skin, you can use a cleanser that includes an exfoliating ingredient that is gentle enough to use daily, such as glycolic or salicylic acid. These acids cleanse cells of oils, dirt & bacteria so that your other serums, creams & moisturizers can penetrate your skin better (allowing them to work more effectively & improving the results). They will also remove some of the dead skins as well.
Using a more intensive exfoliator weekly or monthly may help to remove more layers of dead skin cells as well as any product that may have accumulated on the skin & reduced the effectiveness of your serums. Facials or chemical peels provide an even deeper exfoliation of the skin, but we will talk about them more specifically later this month!
For the body, you may also want to consider using something like a loofa (whether they are those plastic ones or one of the natural loofa sponges) or an exfoliating cloth/glove daily or weekly to reduce the dead skin cell layer. It is not recommended to use a harsh loofa with an harsh exfoliant (product with granules like sugar, salt, rice, etc) because that can been irritating even to normal skin.
Even in small ways, a little facial massage can help improve circulation to your skin, and improved circulation leads to an improved glow. We’re not saying that you need to start Googling massage techniques and spend 15 minutes doing them. What we are suggesting is that when you’re applying your cleanser or your lotion, you do so using gentle, small circles as a sort of mini-massage. If you have gotten a massage, you may have noticed that the esthetician doesn’t just quickly, randomly rub on the products like we tend to do at home; he or she uses gentle massaging motions. This is not only because it is super relaxing (people fall asleep during facials all the time), but because it can improve the glow & color of your skin by promoting circulation through your skin cells. This is a very simple way to help improve your skin. Do you use a facial cleansing brush like a Clairsonic? Well, the brush is doing the massaging for you!