Is Exfoliation Really Necessary? Yes, It Most Certainly Is.

Is exfoliation necessary? This is a question that I am asked frequently, and I truly feel that exfoliation is an important part of everyone's skin care regimen. I try to explain this to customers by giving the example that putting a $75 skin cream on your un-exfoliated skin is like watering your lawn when it is covered in plastic (I made that little analogy up myself!). Natural exfoliation happens naturally every 5 weeks or so. This is when dead skin cells are shed and replaced with new skin. Unfortunately, this process begins to slow down as we age due to hormones as well as free radical exposure and other toxins in our environment.

Luckily there are ways to to move this process along in order to stop those dead skin cells from building up, which can lead to dull, uneven skin tone as well as clogged pores. The two most common forms of exfoliation are microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Microdermabrasion involves physically removing the dead skin cells whereas a chemical or glycolic peel dissolves them. Both of these treatments are very effective but can costly when done in a spa or a medical setting. Recently though, several products have become available for at-home use. Some are obviously better than others; here are 3 of my favorite products for exfoliation at home:


1. DERMAdoctor's Physical Chemistry:  This product gives you the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion in one step. The cost is $75, which is very reasonable when you consider that a single microdermabrasion treatment can be as much as $400. I have been using this product for quit some time (even before I worked for the company, which I do, FYI) and have noticed a huge difference in my skin's overall texture.

2. Origin's Never A Dull Moment: I love love love this product. I started using this when I was 18 as an upgrade from the St. Ives Apricot Scrub and have been using it once a week ever since. I think that this exfoliator is a steal at $25. It uses the natural AHAs found in papay as well as ground apricot and mango seeds to genly exfoliate dead skin cells and debris.
3. St. Ives Apricot Scrub: I have to say honestly that I use to cringe when I was still doing facials every time a client told me that they used this scrub. Back in the day (the 90s) this was made with unsmoothed chuncks of walnut, inexpensive oils and parabens. I saw many girls do serious damage to their skin by using this product overzealously. In the last few years though the company has made some major improvements to the scrub: it is oil free and paraben free and contains 100% natural extracts and exfoliants. For under $10 I really like the gentle version of this product.

So to conclude, exfoliate your skin once or twice a week.



  1. I use the Apricot Scrub every once in awhile in the shower. When I start working for real, I would love to try that DERMAdoctor.

  2. Kimberly,

    I think that the Apricot Scrub is a good for the shower! I LOVE the DERMAdoctor - it is the first exfoliator that has made a visable difference in my skin's texture. It last for a long time as well, so that makes the $75 price a bit better ;)

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