A Step-by-Step Guide to Exfoliating Your Face

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Wondering how to get smooth, glowing skin, no matter the season?

Well, let’s take a look at your current skincare routine. If you aren’t incorporating exfoliation into your skin regimen then you are doing your skin a huge disservice. Regularly exfoliating your skin will do wonders for your complexion over time. It serves as a preventive measure for many skin concerns, such as excessively dry skin, noticeable signs of aging, and even redness!

Let us guess, you think exfoliation and you think of everyone’s first face scrub, right? The one everyone used no matter their skin type? What was it called again… Oh! St. Ives Apricot Scrub?

Laughing. Out. Loud.

It’s time to level up ladies! Nothing against St. Ives, but we know that there is so much more out there for us. Before we delve into some of Vivo Per Lei’s top-of-the-line exfoliants, let’s take a look at a step-by-step process for making the most of your exfoliation session. 

Cleanse Your Skin

Vivo Per Lei Cleanser

To get the most out of your exfoliation, you want to start with clean skin. You know how when you want to do a good, deep clean of your carpet, you first vacuum the carpet and then you go in with a steamer? Well, think of the initial vacuum as your cleanser, and the steamer is the exfoliation step.

Choosing a Cleanser

Now, remember, this entire process will vary based on your skin type and what it can handle. However, usually, a gentle cleanser like our Vivo Per Lei Foaming Facial Cleanser goes amazingly with our Vivo Per Lei Facial Peel, but we’ll get into that later!

This foaming cleanser is fantastic for everyday use and most definitely before beginning an exfoliation step. Though it is a foaming cleanser, it is excellent at thoroughly cleaning the skin while making sure not to irritate or dry out the skin.

Remember when we talked about specific skin concerns? You may want to start your exfoliation with our Collagen Foaming Cleanser from the Vivo Per Lei Revival line. Add that extra boost of anti-aging to your skin with this gentle cleanser as it removes toxins and dirt while infusing the skin with Collagen and Vitamins A and E.

To start your skin off with a deep clean right off the bat, our Volcanic Moroccan Mud Facial Cleanser is an excellent choice! This is a clay-based cleanser that aids in getting down deep in your pores and purifying your skin while Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera, and Tea Tree keep your skin balanced and nourished.

Be sure not to wash your face with water that’s too hot or use motions that are a little rough. When in doubt, the gentler the better! Now that our skin is nice and clean, it’s time to exfoliate…

Exfoliation Time

Woman taking selfie of exfoliated face

The moment we’ve all been waiting for…exfoliation time! Now, there are a few different types of exfoliators that you can use. This will depend on your general preference, skin type, and skin issues if you have any.

The difference in these exfoliators will also mean that they’re used differently. 

For example, our Vivo Per Lei Facial Peel is a gel-like exfoliant with powerful ingredients to deliver an effective exfoliation. Formulated with Glycerin to keep the skin hydrated, this peel exfoliates the skin to dig deep and rid the skin of leftover makeup and built-in dirt.

Did we mention it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Yep! The Vivo Per Lei Facial Peel exfoliates your skin while also adding some anti-aging goodness in there.

This exfoliator is actually so powerful that it should only be used once or twice a week max. There is a way to over-do-it with exfoliation and this can bring about a bunch of other problems for your skin. We’ll talk more about that in a moment!

So we’ve washed our face and exfoliated. It’s now time to get our skin to a balanced and moisturized state.

Don’t Skip the Moisturizer

Woman applying face cream

You heard us! Out of all the times you may have gone without moisturizing your skin, now is not the time. We repeat: Now is not the time. Moisturizing your skin after exfoliating is super important for keeping your skin feeling and looking good. A common result of exfoliation across all skin types is a feeling of dryness and tightness in the skin afterward.

Naturally, as the exfoliator works to get all the gunk out of your skin, some amount of your skin’s natural oils or, sebum, will be removed as well. This is why we’re left with that dry feeling on our skin. Put the moisture back in your skin with a super-rich moisturizer like our Vivo Per Lei Moisturizing Day Cream. If not, any rich moisturizing cream or butter will suffice!

Our Moisturizing Day Cream is filled with Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil to keep the skin moisturized and radiant looking. Shea butter is known for having ultra healing properties that make it an excellent ingredient to have in a moisturizing cream, especially after exfoliation! Boost its effects by using it with our featured exfoliator, the Vivo Per Lei Facial Peel!

Still don’t know what all the hype is about? Here are five facts about exfoliation to get you more in the know about this incredibly beneficial skincare step!

Skin Exfoliation Can Be Physical/Manual or Chemical

Exfoliation can be done by a physical or manual method or through the use of chemicals. Both are super beneficial for your skin and produce awesome results, especially if they are incorporated into your routine with consistency!

Physical exfoliation is done through the use of scrubs or brushes. A common ingredient in a lot of face scrubs is nutshell powder, like in our Vivo Per Lei Facial Peel. This gives the scrub a refining action that isn’t too rough but does a good job of getting down into our pores. Physical exfoliation can also be done through easier means, such as a washcloth, facial sponge, or a facial brush.   

Chemical exfoliants like Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids are fantastic for delivering an effective exfoliation process, while still being gentle on the skin. AHAs are more suited to dry skin and concerns such as mild hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles. BHAs on the other hand are great for combatting acne and helping to exfoliate oily skin.

Exfoliating the Skin Lets Other Products Absorb Easier

Woman having face treatment

Wondering why it doesn’t feel as though your moisturizer is doing its job? Before you chuck the moisturizer, consider if you should include or increase exfoliation in your skincare routine. The process of exfoliation involves removing dead skin cells while delivering a deep clean to our pores. This, in turn, allows other products to be absorbed easier and faster!

This is why it is so important and great for your skin when you follow up your exfoliation with a nutrient-filled moisturizing cream or body butter. Your skin will feel smooth and look incredibly radiant with this method.

Be sure to include this in your weekly skincare regiment to reveal younger and healthier skin over time!

Exfoliating Can Reduce Signs of Aging

It’s true! Consistent exfoliation within your skincare routine can greatly reduce the signs of aging. Both physical exfoliators, like scrubs or brushes, and chemical exfoliators can help aid you in your anti-aging efforts. Exfoliating the skin overall helps to reveal a younger complexion but specific exfoliators can really take you back a couple of years.

Exfoliating the skin helps to stimulate collagen production. We’re big fans of collagen over here at Vivo Per Lei because of its amazing ability to help combat signs of age on the skin! Collagen is said to have an effect on the elasticity of the skin which is directly linked to the firmness of our skin.

Older skin can sometimes tend to sag giving us an almost sunken appearance. The production of collagen can fight that and more through exfoliation. For a more intense exfoliant that can help with aging skin, look to chemicals such as Glycolic, Lactic, and Salicylic acid. They are mild enough for at-home use at certain percentages, like the Vivo Per Lei Facial Peel. Chemical peels containing those acids are also available at a lot of day spas.

Either way, if you want to increase your armor in the fight against aging skin, exfoliation, whether chemical or physical, is key!   

Exfoliation Can Help to Even Out Your Skin Tone

Woman touching face

Raise your hand if an even skin complexion is all you’ve ever wanted! That’s 1…2…Ok, everyone. We get it! An even skin tone can do so much for your complexion. Marks from acne, scarring, and general hyperpigmentation can be so upsetting but exfoliation can improve that immensely.

Consistently exfoliating, physical or manual, can help even up the skin tone through the sloughing off of dead skin cells. This gives uniformity to the skin and creates that even glow we crave. This process also prevents the production of melanin as well, making it harder for the skin to cultivate dark marks.

Out of all of the skin issues that we face dark marks and hyperpigmentation can really leave us feeling down about our skin. Perhaps we feel that we’ve tried every cream and serum out there only to still find ourselves still staring in the mirror at those pesky marks.

This is where exfoliation comes in for the win! Watch as your skin tone is evened out through consistent exfoliation throughout the week. Don’t think you have to do this every day either. For some skin types, exfoliating once or twice a week is sufficient enough for their skin to slowly but surely see improvement.

Exfoliation Unclogs Pores

Last but not least, exfoliating is great for unclogging all the gunk from our pores! Regularly exfoliating during the week can do wonders in helping the skin and preventing acne. As we all know, acne is produced through excess sebum getting embedded in our pores.

There are various ways to combat this and exfoliation hits them all. Depending on your skin type you may want to start by tackling your skin’s production of sebum. Is it excessive? Not enough? Then you may want to look at the type of acne that you experiencing. A lot of blackheads or whiteheads?

Thankfully, you can now find exfoliators that are geared towards your specific skin issue. For example, our Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling would be great for someone with little to no acne but perhaps has oily skin and some signs of aging. This is because this exfoliant is formulated to unclog the pores and leave the skin refreshed while also doing what it can to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Take some time to understand where your skin is at and where you want it to go in order to make smart decisions when it comes to choosing products.


A lot of people make the mistake of either over-exfoliating or under-exfoliating. Both are not good for your skin but can be easily remedied.

Over-exfoliating your skin can lead to increased signs of age, dry skin and possible irritation. Under-exfoliation can be shown in poor product performance, flaky skin, and a dull complexion, the absolute worst for our skin. Including exfoliation in your skin care routine can give your skin the, perfect balance leaving it looking healthy and feeling great!

The Vivo Per Lei Facial Peeling is a great example of an exfoliant that is super gentle on the skin while still being incredibly effective at unclogging pores, smoothing the skin, and fighting fine lines and wrinkles. Through consistent use, you’ll see your skin transformed and younger skin gradually revealed!

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