How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Face?

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You should exfoliate your face daily, but remember to always use products designed specifically for your skin type.

If you’re looking for a great way to prevent clogged pores and brighten up a dull complexion, you need to get comfortable with exfoliating your face. Exfoliating is the practice of resurfacing the skin with either a physical or chemical exfoliator to get rid of the dead skin cells that prevent your skin from looking radiant. 

At Lancer, we call exfoliating “polishing” because it uncovers a layer of glowing beauty, just like when you polish a tarnished piece of silver or gold until it shines.

Why Exfoliating Is Important

What, exactly, does exfoliation do? Skin cell turnover, or the process of the skin regenerating new cells, is key to healthy skin. When dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of your skin, cell turnover rate is stalled, which can cause clogged pores, premature signs of aging and dullness of the complexion.

Exfoliating purges the pores of old skin cells that cause blemishes and also prepares the skin so it can better absorb medications, cleansers and moisturizers. That’s why we recommend starting your daily skin care routine with a polish. It helps ensure that your skin is prepped for steps two and three — your facial cleanser and moisturizer.

Should You Exfoliate Your Face Every Day?

method polish sensitive dehydrated skinWe recommend exfoliating your face every day, but with one caveat: only use products that suit your skin type. Because it’s quite literally removing the top layer of skin, exfoliating can be damaging to sensitive, dry or irritated skin types. Regardless of your skin type, following up with a hydrating anti-aging moisturizer is critical to ensuring that your skin stays healthy and radiant post-exfoliation.

Exfoliating is the first step in The Lancer Method for younger skin. All of our polishes are manual exfoliators, meaning they use particles rather than chemicals to physically slough away that top layer of skin. With the Lancer Method, we use ultra-fine magnesium oxide quartz crystals to abrade the skin safely and gently. These are uniform in shape and size, ensuring that dead skin cells fall away and leave behind an even, glowing complexion.

The Lancer Method is unique from other skin care routines with exfoliation because each set is formulated for a specific skin type. We have special formulas designed specifically for those with normal to combination skin, sensitive or dehydrated skin and oily or congested skin. Choose the version that most closely matches your skin type for the best results.

How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Body?

Now that you know you should exfoliate your face every day, you may be wondering if the same logic applies to the body. Indeed, it does! You should exfoliate your body every day in the shower or bathtub using a physical or chemical exfoliator.

Body scrubs and chemical exfoliators work the same way that facial ones do — by removing the top layer of skin to reveal a new layer beneath. This is especially important on the knees, elbows, hands and feet, where skin is thicker and rougher. 

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We recommend exfoliating the body once a day in the shower using The Method: Body Polish. This product uses both physical and chemical exfoliants to scrub away the dull, dead layers of skin on your arms, legs, torso and feet to leave behind silky smooth, soft skin. 

This will help improve skin texture, prepare your skin for other treatments, help prevent body acne and leave skin looking visibly renewed.

Daily Exfoliation Is Best

As long as you’re using gentle products formulated for your unique skin type and you always follow up with a hydrating moisturizer, you will be able to reap the benefits of daily exfoliation without drying out or damaging your skin. Use The Method 3-Step Sets to get everything you need to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize in a way that suits your skin type.

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At-Home Skincare Peels

At-Home Skincare Peels

When you’re researching ways to make your skin look younger and healthier at home, you’re bound to come across suggestions for at-home skincare peels. For some of us, the word “peel” is daunting and a little scary, but that’s because we’re unfamiliar with what peels do and the ingredients used in them. A peel is really just another term for exfoliating with the help of chemical ingredients. These chemicals, most of which are found in other anti-aging skincare, are incorporated in higher concentrations in at-home peels to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells and other surface debris to reveal the radiant, healthier-looking skin underneath. Once you know what’s in most peels and what they do, they’re really not scary at all.

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The Best Face Mask for Your Skin Type

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Face masks are a luxurious way to hydrate, deep clean, or balance your skin. While they may seem like an extra step, they’re actually an important part of your skincare regimen. Even better, they encourage you to take a few minutes to yourself and relax—something we could all use.

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Acne Self-Care at Home

Acne Self-Care at Home
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Acne can occur at any age due to clogged pores, hormonal shifts, stress, genetics, diet, and even medication. There are also daily habits, such as not washing your face every day, talking on your cellphone without cleaning the screen, and touching your face that will also cause acne.

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Best Anti-Aging Products for Oily Skin

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Your body produces sebum, the body’s natural oil, in order to keep skin healthy; however, sebum production can go into overdrive. The cause of oily skin is actually irritation, which stimulates the nerve endings as the base of your pores, resulting in excessive oil production that can lead to clogged pores and other types of inflammation. You may ask yourself what is irritating your skin, and it can be a number of things: bar soaps, free radicals in the air, and even your hormones can cause oily skin. Continue reading “Best Anti-Aging Products for Oily Skin”

Why is Exfoliating so Important?

Why is Exfoliating so Important?
Why is Exfoliating so Important?

Exfoliating your skin has the immediate result of smoother, glowing skin, and the traditional advice you may have heard regarding exfoliating your skin is to only exfoliate once to twice a week. At Lancer Skincare, we want you to have glowing skin every day, which is why The Lancer Method’s first step is to exfoliate (or Polish) your skin. Continue reading “Why is Exfoliating so Important?”

What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Face?

What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Face?
What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Face?

You probably don’t pause and think about how important washing your face is, or how much your skin thanks you for it! When you wash your face, you’re literally washing the day away—this simple act is a chance to clear your pores from any free radicals they’ve been exposed to throughout the day, and your pores get a chance to breath and reproduce sebum, or the skin’s natural oil. When asked about the best way to wash your face, we always point back to The Lancer Method, which has three easy steps: Polish, Cleanse, and Nourish. Continue reading “What Is the Best Way to Wash Your Face?”