The average human generates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks. Usually what sits on top of that new strata is a pile of cruddy old cells that have been getting funky for a while. You can improve your complexion tremendously by sloughing off the garbage to show off the new stuff.

There are three methods of exfoliation:

Mechanical exfoliators: The first does it mechanically, just like a miniature version of a sandblaster. Mechanical exfoliators contain minuscule pieces of grit that, when rubbed on your skin, dislodge the dead skin cells. The most common grit comes from such pleasant-sounding things as walnut shells and apricot pits. Don't be fooled, these can hurt. This stuff is basically a liquid form of sandpaper.

Chemical exfoliators: Chemical exfoliators do the same task as their mechanical siblings but by using mild acids in place of shrapnel. Look for exfoliating products that contain acids such as alpha-hydroxy, beta-hydroxy, or salicylic. Don't worry about these acids being dangerous they're the same kinds of acids found in apples or milk.

Shave: If you shave with any frequency whatsoever, you will not need to exfoliate those areas of your face. Instead, limit your exfoliating adventures to the areas outside of your shaving zone-chiefly, your forehead and nose.

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