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Why Every Guy Should Exfoliate

If you use a daily face wash—or even if you don't—an exfoliating scrub may sound a bit excessive. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. Here are a few crucial benefits of exfoliation that your face wash can't offer.

Smoothes Away Dry, Rough Patches

If you didn't already know, the purpose of exfoliation is to buff away the dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of your face, thereby revealing the fresh new skin beneath. Since those dead cells can lead to rough patches of skin when they build up over time, exfoliation is an easy path to a smoother, clearer complexion.

Improves Your Morning Shave

Believe it or not, a good scrub can have a major impact on your daily shaving routine. For one, exfoliation clears away dead cells that can causes matted hairs and obstacles for your razor, resulting in a closer, more comfortable shave. In addition, if those dead cells aren't cleared away before shaving, they can clog up freshly shorn follicles afterwards, leading to dreaded ingrown hairs.

Helps Prevent Breakouts

A close shave isn't the only scenario where those dead cells can work their mischief. If your skin is oily and prone to acne, exfoliation will keep it under control by preventing dead skin from clogging up pores, reducing their size of pores and the overall risk of breakouts.

Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Antiaging may not be a concern right now, but if you wait until the first sign of wrinkles, you're already late to the game. While a scrub is no substitute for a proper antiaging regimen, removing dead cells that build up on skin can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making a meaningful contribution in the war against Father Time.

Boosts the Effectiveness of Other Skincare Products

An exfoliating scrub improves more than just your complexion. A buildup of dead surface cells can prevent many products from penetrating skin, inhibiting everything from serums and toners to your daily moisturizer. Regular exfoliation removes this natural road block, maximizing the impact of the rest of your grooming regimen.

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