01/29/2014 04:35 pm ET Updated Feb 05, 2014

The Essential Exfoliation Guide


By now, you know why you need to exfoliate: Removing dermis-dulling dead cells improves texture and tone, unplugging pores, lightening pigmentation, and helping skin lap up those lovely anti-agers. It also encourages cell turnover, bringing healthy, younger-looking skin to the surface. Chances are good you can even tick off a handful of effective glow-getters — from physical exfoliants (think vibrating brushes and microdermabrasion) to chemical ones like retinol creams and glycolic peels.

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