It’s fair to say that not everyone gets chance to access their own personal facialist, but yes, we’re pretty good to you here at RIH. Anti-ageing queries or acne concerns? Puffy eyes or fine lines? Each month, we give you the chance to put your questions to super facialist and skincare expert Antonia Burrell…


Exfoliating. I’ve never done it and I know I probably should! How often, what type of product and when? I’m 26 and my skin is probably normal, with occasional breakouts and some dry patches from time to time.

Our skin is continually creating new cells to replace the ones that are old and naturally die off. The process of exfoliation is all about removing these dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis. Many people ask me if it’s ok to exfoliate daily, and my answer is yes – if you’re using the right product. Some exfoliators can scratch, micro-tear or irritate the skin, so it’s important to choose one that will gently polish the skin – like my Luminous Light Polishing Powder. It uses ground Tea Tree leaves and Zinc PCA to gently buff the skin, reduce clogging and therefore breakouts. Exfoliating daily can maintain improvements in skin appearance and reduce the occurrence of breakouts.

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As always, I recommend using the power of plant therapy to give your skin the best support. It’s best to avoid any products that contain acids and chemicals that are said to ‘digest’ your dead cells, or scrubs that contain ingredients with sharp edges like nut shells and certain fruit seeds as these can micro-tear the skin. Natural ingredients that work well include ground nuts, grains like oats and rice bran and a variety of fruit granules.


In addition to the immediate visual benefits of exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing smoother, healthier skin cells to take their place, which is great if you suffer from occasional dry patches. By removing these dead cells, exfoliation can also help keep pores from becoming clogged and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling. Not only can clogged pores result in blackheads and breakouts, when pores are clogged, they appear larger. So, if you’re worried about the size of your pores, you can help diminish their appearance by keeping them clog-free, refined and polished with an effective exfoliator.

Have a question you’d like to put to Antonia? Pop your details below and if you’re lucky, you’ll get the answer to your query in a future edition of Five Minute Therapist! What are you waiting for – not everyone gets access to an A-List facialist just like that!