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Why to Exfoliate First and Cleanse the Face Second

Why Exfoliating Before Cleansing Might Work For You

Most skin care lines will have you cleansing first, exfoliating second, and then moisturizing and sunblocking to top things off. But celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, creator of the unique, step-reversing Skin Revival system, says that exfoliating at the beginning might get you better results.

"If you are thinking about the top layer of the skin, with all the pollution and debris, if you just use a cleanser first, the majority of that debris is not removed," he explains. That's why he advises using a polish first to blast the skin's surface. "The polish ingredients are linked directly to prime the skin for the cleansing step. Then there is a epidermis that is ready to soak up the nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals," he adds. And that's when the nourish — aka hydrating — step comes into play. It's a method that goes against the status quo, but next time you're standing over the bathroom sink, give it a try. You might just become a cleansing-second convert.

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lauren lauren 5 years
Why haven't I ever thought of this! Switching immediately!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
ThePlasticDiaries ThePlasticDiaries 5 years
I have always wondered why cleansing first is how the majority of skin therapists operate. Exfoliating first totally makes sense and I am going to give it a try for the next couple of weeks.
Marian55 Marian55 5 years
I've always done it this way too! It just makes sense to do it this way.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
@Andrea81 — I think you could start with a liquid exfoliator for sensitive skin, followed by a cleanser and moisturizer that's also made with a gentle formulation. That should be calming enough as to not irritate the skin. Hope that helps!
Icequeen81 Icequeen81 5 years
I have a question, is this step recommende for people with sensitive skin? cause im afraid that those ingredients in the cleaning fase will just irritate your skin after exofilating.
testadura67 testadura67 5 years
I've always done it in this order. It never made sense to me to wash skin you're about to remove.
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