When it comes to building a good skincare routine, there are three main steps: cleansing your skin correctly, applying moisturiser and wearing sunscreen every day.
But once you've got those down pat, you can move onto more exciting things. Things like exfoliation. If this step isn't already in your routine, you're missing out on the key to a glowing complexion.
I would know, because up until recently, I never really committed to regular exfoliation. I have 'normal' skin and my main skin concern has always been hyperpigmentation, so I dabbled with exfoliating here and there.
But back when wearing masks became an everyday thing, my skin began breaking out severely. Managing my mask-ne was one thing, but I knew I had to find a solution to treat the unwanted dark spots left behind long after the pimples were gone.
(Fun fact: darker skin tones generally have more melanin or pigment, which means the skin is prone to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation dark spots after skin inflammation like acne or blemishes.)
The answer? A new(ish) exfoliating product that, no joke, helped to transform my skin texture in less than a month. Keep scrolling for my Maaemo Fruit Enzyme Refiner review, and before and after photos.
Why Should You Exfoliate, What Are the Benefits?
Every 30 days or so, your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. But sometimes, this natural process isn't quite enough, especially if you're looking to target skin concerns like congestion, uneven texture or hyperpigmentation. Using an exfoliating product will help to speed up this process.
Generally speaking, there are two main types of exfoliation: physical exfoliation using a scrub product containing small particles, and chemical exfoliation through alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) to dislodge and remove dead skin build up.
You can learn way more about the different types of exfoliation for glowy skin in our guide to exfoliation YouTube video below!