Why You Need To Exfoliate

Lesley Mirza
Written by Lesley Mirza

Yes, it is important to cleanse your face twice daily. And no matter your skin type, you should be using a moisturizer. AND SUNSCREEN. But is it enough to give you healthy, glowing skin?

Sadly, no. Dehydrated skin cells can leave the skin looking dull, dry or rough.

Instead of thinking about upping your moisturizer, first consider using an exfoliant, shares Charmaine Cooper, Senior Instructor for The International Dermal Institute®. “When you exfoliate on a regular basis, you are able to remove the surface dead cells, and bring up the newer, more moist cells, for overall skin radiance.”

So how often should you exfoliate? According to Simple Skincare spokesperson and Toronto dermatologist Dr. Poonam Rajan, it all depends on your skin type. “Generally speaking, I recommend that people with oilier skin types exfoliate once a week, normal skin types once every two weeks, and if it’s a dry skin type, I recommend once every two and a half to three weeks.”

Dr. Poonam Rajan recommends physical exfoliants — products that contain sugar, salt, beads or crystals that literally scrub the dead skin off. “I like exfoliating products that you can apply to your skin with your fingertips, gently massage them and then rinse off. You don’t need to do anything too aggressive.”

Note: be very gentle on your skin when using a facial scrub (never use body scrub on your face!) or exfoliant. Don’t rub or apply too much pressure, a light touch is all that is needed. And avoid the delicate eye area where skin is thin and sensitive.

6 exfoliating products

Here are six exfoliating products that will keep dull-looking skin at bay.

Eminence Organics Almond & Mineral Treatment
Skin is gently exfoliated with finely crushed almonds while paprika stimulates and oxygenates the skin and ground ivy tones and tightens the pores.
$40; available at Spa Boutique.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
This super-gentle rice-based enzyme powder whisks away those unwanted dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. And it is so gentle that is can be used every day.
$72; available at select spas.

Pangea Organics Egyptian Geranium with Adzuki Bean & Cranberry Facial Scrub
This dual action scrub polishes the skin’s surface without disrupting its delicate balance. Ground cranberry seeds work to dissolve dead skin cells while raw, ground-up adzuki bean gently free them up to be rinsed away.
$34; available at

Simple Smoothing Facial Scrub
Rice granuals help to gently exfoliate and brighten the skin while Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E help to soften, and moisturize.
$7.99 to $10.99; available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

NEUTROGENA® NATURALS™ Purifying Pore Scrub
This Willowbark extract and Jojoba bead scrub gently removes impurities that can build up in pores, to improve the complexion for fresh, clean skin.
$8.99 – $11.99; available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub
Spherical exfoliating microbeads gently remove dull, lifeless surface cells without damaging skin, and Salicylic acid works to help prevent blackheads and breakouts from forming.
$9.99; available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Do you exfoliate? If so, how often?

About the author

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza is the editor-in-chief for and travels the world tasting, sipping, and spa-ing.

In addition to heading up, Lesley has penned pieces for several publications, including Vancouver Magazine, Western Living,, (Tourism Vancouver's blog), and

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