What better way to drive away the winter blues than to polish off that old, dull complexion to reveal the new, fresh one hidden underneath? Here's how to do it. By Marissa Oliva, REDBOOK.
The science behind good skin
A surface layer of dead skin prevents light from reflecting off your pretty face (think of a dirty window vs. one scrubbed clean of gunk). That's why regular exfoliation is key. It also keeps your pores clean and enables moisturizing and antiaging ingredients to absorb better. Just don't overdo it. "Scrubbing too hard or too often and rinsing with water that's too hot can damage and irritate skin," cautions Dr. Ava Shamban, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine.
If your skin is dry or sensitive
Use a gentle, creamy scrub with soft beads, like Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula ($19.50), just once or twice a week. And even though this won't strip your skin of all its natural oils, be sure to moisturize