All the secrets of exfoliation

Essential for smooth, glowing skin, successful exfoliation is all about following some simple rituals. With practical advice and the right treatment products, L'Occitane reveals the golden rules for stunningly beautiful skin!
By Mélissa Darré

The benefits

Over time, the skin follows a simple pattern: its cells form, multiply, die and regenerate. To keep it looking good, it is therefore essential to include a critical step in any beauty routine: exfoliation. With the help of suitable accessories and/or a dedicated skincare product, you can remove the dead skin cells that have accumulated on the surface of your skin making it dull and dry. Once freed up, it will be able to breathe again and will regain its glow. An easy treatment that also helps promote cell renewal and blood microcirculation.

Tip: exfoliate once or twice a week to effectively rid your skin of impurities. This will make your skin soft and refined, leaving it in the best condition to benefit from the active ingredients in your beauty products, such as Immortelle Precious Cream or Almond Milk Concentrate body lotion.

The right skin care product

Your entire body deserves to be treated to an exfoliation session. Pick the product that takes your fancy: gel or cream, almond or shea... there's a whole range of options for you to enjoy. The nature of the area to be pampered, whether in terms of the thickness or skin type, may determine your choice of appropriate treatment product. Friction gloves, sponges and brushes, inherited from ancestral rituals, are valuable skincare accessories. Use them to quickly eliminate the most stubborn dead skin cells and get back baby soft skin.

Tip: while the thick skin on your body appreciates creams rich in sugar crystals or finely ground shells, the thinner skin on your face is better suited to light gels containing micro-granules or beads. Perfect treatment products Shea Ultra Rich Body Scrub and Peony 2 in 1 Perfecting Scrub!

The best routine

Each beauty ritual has its own specific steps. For exfoliation, start by cleansing your skin and then apply a dab of the skincare product whilst it is still damp. Next, massage the skin with your fingertips using small circular movements, taking extra care around the sensitive areas. Rules? Press gently, without rubbing, to avoid weakening the tissue and exposing it to irritation, dryness or redness. If you wish for a beautiful finish, rinse with lukewarm water using a face glove.

Tip: try exfoliating in the shower: the heat of the water helps dilate pores, making your Shower Scrub skincare treatment even more effective. Once exfoliated, your skin will need a finishing touch of hydration. In addition to using a generous exfoliant, such as Almond Delicious Paste, consider restoring your skin's protective film with a nourishing cream.

All the secrets of exfoliation
All the secrets of exfoliation
With practical advice and the right treatment products, L'Occitane reveals the golden rules for stunningly beautiful skin!
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