Your dead skin. It's probably not something you think about. It's everywhere, though -- your body naturally sloughs off its outermost layer of dead skin cells about every 30 to 45 days or so (depending on your age). Why do these old skin cells matter? When dead skin cells are left to build up on the surface of the skin, they can turn a once dewy cheek dull. Skin may be flaky or scaly. It may also be excessively oily and acne may flare up.
Luckily, you can help Mother Nature by adding weekly exfoliation to your skin care regime. There are many exfoliating products on the market, from cleaners to scrubs to peels. Following suit, you'll find moisturizing products with exfoliating benefits. Choose products that contain glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid or salicylic acid -- all alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs loosen up the dead skin cells on your skin, helping them to turn over more quickly. And an added benefit of AHAs for oily faces: They also help to reduce the amount of oil on the skin.