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The Beautiful Skin Blog — exfoliation

All your skincare questions in one place!

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How does my diet affect my skin? How often should I wash my face? What *really* causes acne? What cosmetic ingredients are good or bad? So many questions. You'll be happy to know we've answered these and many more in our awesome (if we do say so ourselves) Frequently-Asked-Questions article: The clean and healthy face: Your ultimate skincare FAQ. It's fun and easy to read – plus we've organized it so you can quickly find the answers to your most pressing skincare issues!

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What is microdermabrasion?

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You can think of microdermabrasion as exfoliation on steroids. Well, not literally. It doesn't involve steroids. It's just a more aggressive way than exfoliation for remove dead skin.   Microdermabrasion involves using rough grains or crystals to (aggressively) remove not only the normal layer of dead skin cells, but sometimes also scars and wrinkles. The crystals are sprayed onto your skin as a thin film, and then removed via pressurized air – in other words, essentially vacuumed up, along with the dead skin. This type of treatment has been referred to as an "instant facelift" that is intended to be...

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What is exfoliation? And how do I exfoliate my facial skin?

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Exfoliation means removing dead skin cells from the surface. This reveals the younger, healthier cells underneath.

Here's how your skin works. Your body makes new skin cells at its lower level, which is called the dermis. The new gradually push upwards toward the upper level, the epidermis. The older cells on the surface gradually die. Eventually they fall (or 'slough', pronounced like 'sluff') off, making way for the newer, fresher skin cells underneath....

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Healthy skin tip #5: Use fewer products

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Between skincare and makeup, women report using quite a few products – for many people it's 20 or more. Though it seems like each product zeros in on a specific function, doctors and dermatologists agree that less is actually more. For one thing, lots of very specific products don't deliver huge benefits. And for another, using more and more products just raises your chances of allergic reactions and mystery ingredients. So here's the tip: Cut back on product overload. Keep it simple! Professionals in this New York Times article and this more recent one from More magazine  all recommend no...

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