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Let’s settle this: dead skin is dead weight. Although your skin naturally renews itself every 28 days, this process slows down as you age. When this happens, your complexion can start looking rough, dull, and dry because of the accumulated cells on the surface. How to get rid of dead skin? Exfoliation is key. Here are the right and wrong ways to do it.

DO Exfoliate Regularly

Adult skin requires regular exfoliation, especially if you have . Dead skin on your epidermis can end up clogging your pores, which leads to acne and blackheads. Two to three times a week is enough depending on your skin’s tolerance. If you have sensitive or dry skin, once a week would be enough. There’s a fine line – don’t overdo it or you’ll end up with inflamed, irritated skin.

DON’T Be Afraid of AHAs and BHAs

Chemicals on your skin aren’t all that bad. Some chemicals, such as salicylic acid, are known to be gentle enough for acne-prone teenage skin. It’s a beta hydroxy acid, an oil-soluble that penetrates the skin through the sebaceous glands. BHAs are usually gentler than alpha hydroxy acids and have additional antibacterial properties.

On the other hand, AHAs are water-soluble chemicals that exfoliate the skin’s surface and are best for refining the skin, addressing fine lines, and fading pigmentation. Because they can also enhance the skin’s natural moisturizing factors, these work best on balanced, dry, or sun-damaged skin. These chemical exfoliants are your friends. Give them a chance.

DO Use a Light Touch

Most people discover through a rough, physical scrub. These products may feel effective but they can be harsh on the skin, especially in overzealous hands. If you use mechanical exfoliants like scrubs, washcloths, or scrubs, apply a gentle touch and small circular motions. This technique can help remove dead skin more efficiently, clear your pores, and even out your skin tone. 

DO Exfoliate Before Shaving

To avoid and encourage smooth results, do exfoliate your skin before shaving. It helps loosen your hairs, get rid of dead skin cells, and prep your skin. Do not exfoliate after shaving since this can irritate the tender skin.

DON’T Forget to Moisturize

After exfoliating, your skin tends to be dry and vulnerable to irritation. Moisturizing is essential to rehydrating the skin and helping it heal. It also gives you that fresh, dewy glow. Use Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Body Lotion, which has pure aloe vera extract. It soothes and deeply hydrates the skin. For intense moisturization, such as with freshly exfoliated heels, use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.

Getting rid of dead skin isn’t something that you can rush. It's a delicate and intimate process that should be part of your weekly skincare routine. Performing it haphazardly, or worse, carelessly, can worsen your skin’s condition. Do it with care, savor the process, and enjoy the results.