The second step in a skincare routine should be to exfoliate. But this step is not something you should do every single day as it would be too harsh for your skin. Exfoliation is an important step because it removes dead skin cells from your face and you are left with smoother & brighter looking skin — which is definitely a good thing.
As far as different exfoliation products, the tools I mentioned in my last post (you can read that here) are a good option. You can also find products that are gritty to use as well. I don’t like exfoliators that are too gritty though as they feel too harsh on my skin. But just think of the exfoliation process as sanding something down. You are using something that is in a way “sanding” down your skin & you are going to be left with a smoother surface.
Along with the brush tools I had mentioned before, there are also a few sponges you can pick up to use on your skin.
Ulta Beauty Buff Teardrop Sponges ($1.49 for 2 or $2.99 for 6) — I have used this sponge before and it was too harsh on my skin. I felt like it was just scratching my face really bad so I had to stop using it. But one of my friends used it and she loved it. She kept repurchasing it because she said she could tell a big difference. If I were you and wanted to try it, I would definitely just get the 2-pack so you could try it out & see what you thought for yourself.
Eco Tools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – Deep Cleansing ($6.99) — I had actually never seen this sponge before until I was looking for some to link, but it has great reviews. It basically says that once you wet it the sponge gets soft & you just add your favorite cleanser to it. It says it won’t over-dry your skin or cause redness either. This one is a bit more expensive than the Ulta brand one, but it has way better reviews so it might be worth investing in this one.
Eco Tools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – for Sensitive Skin ($6.99) — Lo and behold I found one for sensitive skin too! This sponge has even better reviews than the other one by this brand so I think this would definitely be worth checking out. I still would not recommend using one of these everyday (unless they are super soft) because you don’t want to exfoliation your skin too much.
I’ve only ever tried 2 different exfoliators and they were both basically the same except one had a little less grit (but also cost a lot less).
St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub ($4.29) — This product is what I’ve been repurchasing. I’ve only been using an exfoliator for about 2-3 years but it’s a great step in my routine. When my skin is looking & feeling dull and there are several dry patches I know it’s time to use my scrub. I use a scrub probably about 2-3 times a week (not on the same days I use my Clarisonic though as that is too much exfoliation at once). This product is gritty, but not too gritty, and it works really well for the price.
Michael Todd True Organics Fruit Enzyme Exfoliant Scrub ($19) — This is the only other scrub I’ve ever used, but I really liked it. I got a little kit from Michael Todd so I could try out the products and this was something that was in there. I used the whole sample and really enjoyed it, but not enough to order it again & pay $19. This product is grittier than the other one I mentioned, but not so gritty that it hurts to use it. This one was really nice & it smelled like Starburst candy (which was a plus lol).
Those are the only ones I’ve tried so that’s all I could personally recommend to you. Like I said before, exfoliation is an important step in your routine — or it should be anyway. It’s not something you need to do everyday, but you’ll notice a nice change in your appearance if you add this step.