The skin needs prepping for summer. Here are exfoliators to slough off the stubborn grime to give you a smoother and healthier complexion. Make way for a clutch of superb scrubs for summer glow!

Your skin needs prepping for summer. Here are exfoliators to slough off the stubborn grime to give you a smoother and healthier complexion.

Says Dr Rinky Kapoor, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon at The Esthetic Clinics, Delhi, “The skin sheds about 50 million cells a day that block pores, giving you a dull, parched complexion. As we age, the rate at which old cells are replaced by younger cells decreases and the skin appears textured and bumpy. Exfoliation removes the dead skin layer, lending your skin a shine.” 

Circular and steady motions help. Let the scrub exfoliate deeply, improving the blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. Explains Dr Madhulika Mhatre, Consultant Dermatology, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, “Dead skin cells are affected by sun exposure, leading to pigmentation issues. A good exfoliator rids the skin of this, giving you an even skin tone. The rule is to exfoliate when your skin feels dry, rough or you feel it needs a pick-me- up. Include exfoliation in your night skincare routine for better results.” She suggests using milder facial scrubs for the sensitive underarm area, as opposed to relatively harsher scrubs for the body.

Season Up

Unblocking follicles with summer-specific products is a must. Choose lighter, water-based formulations in keeping with the summer that tends to dehydrate the skin. “For skin getting too oily, use a charcoal or multani mitti scrub, and for dry skin, honey or yoghurt is good. Sensitive skin needs cleansers with microbeads. Normal skin needs a loofah or poppy seeds. Oily skin needs chemical exfoliation such as glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids,” says Dr Kapoor.

Shilpi Madan for New Indian Express

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