Our skin is pre-programmed to exfoliate itself in a process called desquamation. As we age, this process slows, leaving skin looking dull, rough, or flaky. To help encourage skin to exfoliate, we can choose mechanical or chemical exfoliants. Age, skin type, and skin condition can help determine which type of exfoliants are best for you.
Having oily skin is a special kind of torture. Wearing makeup (even waterproof mascara) is a constant struggle to keep from looking like you've just walked through a rain storm. Tissues and blotting papers compose half the contents of your trash bin. The heat and humidity that come with summertime can seem to make it even worse. On the plus side, it's a studied fact that oily skin does not show age as easily as dryer skin types. So there's that.
When our skin feels dry, tight, and uncomfortable, we apply a moisturizer - but how do moisturizers actually work to make our skin feel better?