Dr Maryam Zamani as featured in Get the Gloss

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SCRUB, BRUSH, SPONGE OR ACID TONE? EFFECTIVE EXFOLIATION CAN BE A MINEFIELD, SO WE ASKED AN EXPERT TO CLEAR A FEW THINGS UP…

“There is no real consensus between doctors as to how often to exfoliate as it depends on your skin and the climate in which you live. I recommend exfoliating once or twice a week, paying close attention to how your skin behaves. If you feel that your skin has become more sensitive, or is red, flaky, tenderness or breaking out with increased exfoliation, then I would cut back. Similarly, in colder climates or winter months you may notice that you need less exfoliation than in warmer, more humid months. Both over and under-exfoliation can be evident on the skin: under-exfoliation may prevent topical ingredients from absorbing and may leave the skin looking dull and lacklustre. Too much exfoliation can strip the skin of natural oils, leaving skin looking and feeling irritated and sensitive.”

“There are many different ways to exfoliate the skin. Mechanical exfoliation uses friction to remove dead skin, by way of brushes such as the Clarisonic which can be used daily when used correctly. Harder bristled brushes should be kept at twice per week as a maximum. Konjac sponges can be used daily, as can wash cloths.”

“Acids are a great way to chemically exfoliate. as opposed to exfoliating mechanically. I prefer gentle glycolic acid cleansers. The concentrations of acids within the product should dictate how frequently they can and should be used, for example, a higher concentration should be used less frequently than a product with a low concentration. Be cautious and ‘listen’ to your skin.”

“There is no definitive right way to exfoliate but I would say that you need to be gentle on the skin. There is no reason to exert pressure or scrub the face. Oilier skins may require more frequent exfoliation, and warmer months may warrant increased frequency. Most importantly, if you are worried or seeing changes in the skin barrier, seek medical advice.”

 

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Dr Maryam has formulated her very own exfoliating cleanser, which doubles as a mask and draws on clinical technology to leave skin hydrated, healthy and refined: Cleanse & Clarify Dual Action AHA Cleanser & Mask, £56.

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