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Scrubbing Brush or Exfoliator. Is there a difference?

Fun fact: Did you know some guys use a scrubbing brush instead of an exfoliator? Who needs fancy exfoliators when you have a good ol' scrubbing brush lying around? That's right - some guys are getting crafty with their skincare routines and opting for this unconventional tool. I mean, sure, it may seem like an odd choice, but what if they’re ahead of the game when it comes to skincare? But hey, if it works and keeps their skin looking as fresh as a daisy, then more power to them. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or, in this case, in the hands of the scrubbing brush).

 

But why do we need to exfoliate? In this blog we'll be exploring the causes behind male-specific skincare woes, as well as discussing how effective facial exfoliation can be and how it can help restore balance to your skin.

 

While women may often be praised for their glowing, clear complexions, guys are left to deal with clogged pores, acne, and ingrown hairs. This is where exfoliation comes in. Not only does exfoliation make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, it also has some major benefits for your skin:

  • It clears up acne and blemishes. Dead skin cells can clog pores, which can lead to acne and blemishes. Exfoliating helps to remove these dead skin cells, which can help to clear up your complexion.
  • It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As we age, our skin cells naturally shed more slowly. This can lead to the buildup of dead skin cells, which can make wrinkles and fine lines more visible. Exfoliating helps to remove these dead skin cells, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • It improves skin texture. Exfoliating helps to smooth out the surface of your skin, which can give you a more even and radiant complexion.
  • It preps your skin for shaving. Exfoliating your skin before you shave can help to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

If you're exfoliating your little cotton socks off but not seeing any results, you might be doing it wrong. But that’s okay because we’ve got you covered with a few tips to slough off those dead skin cells like a pro. First of all, choose your weapon wisely. A loofah might be too abrasive for your skin, while a gentle scrub might not do enough for those rough patches. 


There are two main types of exfoliators: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators use abrasive particles to remove dead skin cells (think sandpaper), while chemical exfoliators use acids to release the dead cells from your skin.


If you have sensitive skin, you'll want to use a physical exfoliator with gentle, non-abrasive particles. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you can use a chemical exfoliator with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). 


Once you've got the right exfoliant in hand, don't go overboard - a gentle touch is all you need to buff away dead skin cells. Simply apply the exfoliator to your damp skin and massage it in circular motions for a few minutes. Be sure to avoid the eye area. Rinse your face with warm water and pat it dry.


And don't forget to moisturize afterwards - you don't want to undo all that hard work by drying out your skin.


The frequency with which you should exfoliate your face depends on your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, you should exfoliate once or twice a week. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, you can exfoliate two or three times a week.

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