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Derms Are Begging You To Cleanse *and* Gently Exfoliate Your Skin This Winter—This Product Does Both

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When your skin gets really dry and scaly, it can feel like no amount of lotion will help—as if all that moisture just sits on top of your skin and then evaporates. "That's a very good sign that you do need to exfoliate," says Maral Skelsey, MD, a board-certified dermatologist from Maryland. "Exfoliating does allow you to absorb these topicals better." When dealing with sensitive winter skin, your best option for exfoliation is using a body wash infused with powerful active ingredients that help to break down and wash away dry skin. The Tula Revitalize & Cleanse Body Exfoliator ($34) is a great way to get the job done.

Suitable for all skin types, this body wash blends lemon peel, cherry seed, and hibiscus flower acid with three alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to cleanse and buff away dull skin while improving skin texture and tone. AHAs work by dissolving the glue that holds skin cells together. "They also stimulate collagen, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—which makes them good for aging skin," says Dennis Gross, MD,  a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and founder of an eponymous skin-care line. The AHAs in this wash are malic, lactic, and glycolic and each one has its own special strength.

"Malic acid [is] great for reducing the appearance of brown spots, lactic acid helps speed up cell renewal, helping lessen visible acne scars, and glycolic acid has amazing anti-aging benefits," adds Dr. Gross.

This body wash is also made with S6Pro Complex, Tula's proprietary blend of six prebiotic and probiotic extracts to help improve skin smoothness and maintain skin balance. This is especially helpful in an exfoliating cleanser, as over-cleansing and over-exfoliating can disrupt the skin microbiome and weaken the skin barrier.

"Think of the microbiome like a seesaw—the diversity of organisms balances each other," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC, explains. "When the microbiome is disrupted, there may be an overgrowth of specific organisms that take over. In this case, one side of the seesaw is unbalanced, which contributes to developing skin conditions like eczema, acne, and rosacea."

To keep your skin soft, strong, and supple all winter long, lather up with the Tula Revitalize & Cleanse Body Exfoliator.

Here's how to exfoliate your face:

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