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Why Redheads Should Be Exfoliating & How To Do It Safely

'Redhead Friendly' advice on getting the best skin ever

Exfoliating your skin is something you should be doing all year long. It is especially important during the summer months because most redheads are layering on sunscreen and this can cause pores to clog. There are a lot of benefits to exfoliating your skin and exfoliating regularly will help your skin be brighter, softer, and healthier.

Let’s talk about the benefits of exfoliating and also how to safely exfoliate your skin as a redhead:

Benefits of Exfoliating 

Unclog Your Pores & Prevents Acne: Dead skin, oil, and makeup clog our pores which leads to acne, bumps, and blemishes. When you exfoliate, you are removing that build-up from the skin and unclogging the pores. During the summer months, we slather on lots of lotions, sunscreens, and creams to protect our skin. This means we may have extra build-up that needs to be exfoliated off. 

Allows Your Skincare to Do Its Job: Once the pores are unclogged, your skincare is able to absorb more quickly and more effectively into the skin. This means you’re getting more out of your moisturizers and lotions than you would be if they were just sitting on the surface. To properly protect your skin from the summer sun, you need SPF. Starting with a clean, even canvas allows your sunscreen to soak into the skin leaving you better protected. 

Even Out Your Skin Tone & Texture: Removing dead skin and evening out dry patches allows for your skin to have a better tone and texture. This also means your makeup will apply more evenly and have a better finish. When the weather gets warmer, you might want to show a little more skin in dresses, skirts, shorts, and tank tops. Even tone and texture will have you feeling so much more confident in your summer style. 

Boost Circulation and Improve Blood Flow: Scrubbing the skin will promote better blood flow and increased circulation. As the blood gets moving you will notice your skin has more color, glow, and shine. As redheads, most of us don’t get much color in the summer. Exfoliating your skin allows for your natural glow to shine through, and it gives you a great base if you choose to apply a self-tanner. 

How Many Times Per Week? 

Depending on the product, you should only exfoliate with a redhead-approved exfoliator 2-3 times per week. Listen to your skin and don’t push it, but if you feel like your skin needs it, do it.

Safe & Effective Exfoliating Tips For Redheads

Facial Exfoliating: Redhead facial skin is usually ultra-sensitive. When exfoliating your face, opt for something gentle that is meant for sensitive skin. A facial exfoliant can also be used on the neck and chest if you have sensitive skin in those areas as well.

Redhead-Friendly Product Suggestions:

No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator 

Genuine Glow Brio Phytonutrient Exfoliator

Body Exfoliating: Your body can handle a little more grit than your face, but since most redheads have super sensitive skin, you should use products and tools meant to gently exfoliate. Avoid exfoliating areas that are sunburnt. It may be tempting to get the peeling skin off, but it will irritate the already inflamed skin. Instead, keep it moisturized and let it slough off on its own.

Redhead-Friendly Product Suggestion:

Glossier Body Hero Exfoliating Bar

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