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How Much Exfoliation Do I Need for Real Glow?

Written by: Jean Godfrey-June

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Published on: April 18, 2024

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For glowing, smooth, healthy-looking skin, adding exfoliation to your routine makes all the difference. The ideal amount differs depending on your skin; here, a quick, easy guide to getting it right.

The 3 Best Ways to Exfoliate

  1. 1

    PEEL

    Do it: Once a week, p.m.
    Physical exfoliation: Low
    Chemical exfoliation: High

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    SCRUB

    Do it: Two or three times a week, a.m. or p.m.
    Physical exfoliation: High
    Chemical exfoliation: Low

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  3. 3

    SERUM

    Do it: Four times a week, p.m.
    Physical exfoliation: None
    Chemical exfoliation: High

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Which Exfoliant Is Right for You?

HIGHEST STRENGTH: PEEL PADS

Inspired by dermatologist-office peels, this is our strongest option—you swipe it on only once a week for refined texture and amazing glow.

Best for: Sun-damaged, dry, normal, or oily skin

Benefits: Smooths, retexturizes, and brightens the look of skin while you sleep

MEDIUM STRENGTH: MICRODERM

This whipped face polish tackles roughness and uneven texture to deliver petal-soft, glowing skin. Use it a few times a week (it’s Gwyneth’s favorite product).

Best for: Dull, dry, oily, or combination skin

Benefits: Sweeps away dead skin cells to refine texture and boost glow

GENTLE (BUT STEALTH-POWERFUL): SLEEP MILK

Target wrinkles, spots, and uneven texture with this high-strength (yet miraculously gentle) multiacid serum. Gwyneth uses it most nights.

Best for: Dark spots, sun damage, dull skin, or wrinkles

Benefits: Improves the look of wrinkles and dark spots as it moisturizes

Can I Use Them Together?

Yes! Here’s an easy approach: Microderm every few days in the mornings, Sleep Milk most nights, and Glow Peel once a week. (Just be sure not to use any other exfoliant within 24 hours of the Glow Peel.)

Exfoliate, Then Moisturize

When you sweep away dead cells and other debris, your skin is primed for serious moisturizing. The combination of Microderm first, then Water-Cream? Chef’s kiss.

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