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How Do I Choose the Best Exfoliating Moisturizer?

By Erin J. Hill
Updated May 17, 2024
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When choosing an exfoliating moisturizer, you should pick items that are designed for your skin type and that fall within your price range. Most times exfoliation and moisturizing the skin are done in two separate steps. You can often find an exfoliating moisturizing face wash, but an additional moisturizer would still be used after your face is cleaned. For many skin types, it may be advised that you avoid using an exfoliating moisturizer every day, since this could damage sensitive skin.

The most important thing to consider when choosing an exfoliating moisturizer is the type of skin care you need. For the face, it is often recommended that most people avoid using an exfoliating product every day since this can remove essential oils needed for healthy skin. Those with very oily skin may be able to do so safely. Otherwise, another moisturizer should also be used, with the exfoliating variety used only every other day at most, depending on your skin type.

If you decide to go with an exfoliating moisturizer, you should choose a product that is made to be gentle if you intend to use it on the face. Check labels carefully and use only items that are approved for daily use if you intend on using it that often. Many exfoliating products are intended for occasional use, or they are designed for use on the feet or other callused areas to remove rough skin. Even gentler products should be tested to ensure that they will work well with your skin. Use the product once and wait at least 24 hours before using it again to make sure redness and irritation do not develop.

Many people are advised to avoid exfoliating too often since it can strip the skin of moisture. If you have dead skin or flaking, exfoliate a few times per week after your wash your face or body, then apply your usual moisturizer. You may also be able to alternate between an exfoliating moisturizer and the kind you normally use.

When looking for an exfoliating moisturizing, make sure that you choose a product that is designed for your skin type. If you have oily skin, you'll need to choose something that is made to reduce an oily appearance while still maintaining the right moisture balance. Dry skin may require a more intense moisturizer. In both cases, it's a good idea to ensure that your moisturizer won't clog pores and that it's made to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction.

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