A long time ago, back when I was a breakout-wary teenager, I’d end every day by rubbing a now infamous fruity scrub all over my face. Both palms would shuffle about furiously, up and down and back and forth, until I’d emerge scarlet and satisfied, convinced a nightly sanding was the best way to keep my skin clear. I look back and cringe in horror. (The sound of crushed shells scratching my skin will forever haunt me.) I know better now, of course. Know that physical exfoliants, especially those with jagged particles, can cause microscopic tears. (This tidbit even led to a lawsuit against my former scrub of choice. It was thrown out of court, but the damage was, quite literally, done). Know that those tears can lead to inflammation and accelerated aging, not to mention infection. And know that cleanliness is not directly proportional to pain. Call it skin care trauma, but my current regimen consists of only the most coddling textures applied with light, fluttering fingertips. Instead of the abrasive face washes of my youth, I now turn to slippery cleansing oils, a.k.a. the most delicate way to purify your pores. Teenage me would shudder at the thought… Read full this story
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