Exfoliating can be the key to beautiful, smooth skin. The question is: Are you doing it right? Get the healthy, glowing skin you’ve always wanted by getting Exfolia-cated!
Excess oil, clogged pores, blemishes, and dullness—These are just some of the most excruciating skin dilemma everyone wishes they can save their skin from. Good news is, there’s a way to avoid them. How? Get rid of the dead skin cells!
When you slough off dead skin cells from your skin, your skin care products absorb much deeper into your pores to work their magic. It also helps the circulation in the skin become more efficient, expelling toxins and absorbing more nourishment. The result: skin feels wonderful with improved radiance making you look younger and brighter!
Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. It’s a critical cleansing step that you shouldn’t miss if you want to improve the appearance of your pores and reduce wrinkles or blemishes.
However, if not done right, Exfoliating can cause more harm than good. Many people are still in the dark when it comes to proper and safe exfoliation which is why they were not able to maximize its beautiful benefits. Don’t be like them!
Educate yourself on how to exfoliate correctly so you can skip the damage and achieve softer, youthful and healthier-looking skin. Here are a few tips to get you right on track:
Don’t go too crazy with it!
Healthy skin is regularly exfoliated skin. But how regular is “regular”? Most skincare experts recommend exfoliating only once or twice a week. Don’t commit the over-exfoliating crime! While exfoliating can give your skin a lot good, it can also harm your skin in the long run if not done properly and safely.
The warning signs that you might be overdoing it? Redness, sensitivity, excessive dryness and irritation. How often you should exfoliate highly depends on your skin’s complexion, health, and sensitivity which leads us to our next point.
Choose the right exfoliator for your skin type
Effective exfoliation involves understanding your skin’s needs. One size doesn’t fit all so you have to find the right exfoliating product and method that’s specially tailored for your skin type.
Here are quick tips on how to properly exfoliate based on your skin type:
Sensitive Skin: Just be sure to do it gently once or twice a week and avoid scrubs or cleansing brush that can be too harsh for your skin. Chemical exfoliation and most physical exfoliation can easily cause redness and irritation. If your skin is sensitive, products with lactic acid are your best option. This ingredient helps gently exfoliate your skin while giving it the much-needed hydration.
Dry Skin: People with dry skin, on the other hand, might have to include exfoliation in their routine more often in their skincare routine. Without exfoliation, layers of dead skin cells will sit on top of the skin making it hard for the other products in your regimen to penetrate your skin with hydration. Exfoliating can help save your skin from dullness and excessive dryness.
If your skin is truly flaking off, look for a gentle chemical exfoliator, like one with lactic acid. Not only will the absence of coarseness enable you to resist the urge to slough as hard as possible, but lactic acid is a pretty big molecule as compared to other alpha hydroxy acids, so it won't infiltrate the skin as deeply or feel as rough.
Normal/Combination Skin: When you have normal or combination skin type, you’ll find your forehead, nose, and chin area (popularly known as t-zone) oilier than the rest of your face.
Since you’re dealing with both dry and oily patches, your combination skin requires a more peculiar exfoliator. Look for exfoliating products that contain fruit enzymes as the exfoliant. These are gentle enough to not damage the dry parts of your skin while giving you a youthful glow.
Oily skin: Exfoliation is vital to maintaining the health of an oily skin. Excess oil in your skin means that you also have an extra-thick coat of built-up dead skin on the surface, along with a thickened pore lining. Your oily skin makes it harder for you to shed dead skin cells naturally which is why you’ll need an extra help from a great exfoliant.
Dead cells don’t flake off as quickly with oily skin that’s why it becomes very prone to breakouts. The removal of dead skin cells makes a huge difference to the health and appearance of your complexion. Dr. Trevor Cates of the American Academy of Dermatology, mentions that people who are prone to oily skin can generally exfoliate two to three days a week without any ill effects.
Ultimately, whatever your skin type is, it is always best to go for a gentle and hydrating exfoliator that contains natural ingredients to help restore a new, vibrant, younger layer in your skin. Our recommendation? Check out goPurebeauty’s Microdermabrasion Resurfacing Exfoliator Cream that contains Natural Enzymes, to lift the dead skin cells, and hydrating ingredients that exfoliates while deeply nourishing your skin to reveal a naturally youthful glow.
Exfoliate gently in upward, circular motions
As a general exfoliating rule, always remember that a little goes a long way. Apply a pea-sized amount of exfoliator in your face and glide gently upwards in small circular motions. A light touch is all you need especially if using scrubs. Applying with heavy hands will likely irritate your skin.
Splash warm water onto skin before scrubbing to allow the ingredients to suds up and wash it off with lukewarm water. You don’t want to leave it on your skin for too long as it might cause dryness and irritation.
Focus on exfoliating the rough, dry patches of your skin where you see excessive dryness. When looking for a scrub to use, make sure it won’t wreak havoc on your face by laying off the harsh beads. The most ideal type of beads for exfoliating products is jojoba beads which are perfectly round in shape and extremely gentle or as much as possible, opt for exfoliating creams that glides smoothly.
Slather a hydrating moisturizer after exfoliating
Cap off your exfoliating routine by washing your face off with water, gently pat dry with a towel and apply a great dousing of your favorite anti-aging serum or face lotion. It will help seal in moisture so you can wake up to a much brighter and significantly smoother skin.
Bid those dead skin cells goodbye and say hello to youthful glow!
When done safely and properly, you can reap the benefits of improving your skin tone through exfoliation. The key is to find what works for you and be consistent in your routine.
Your skin will definitely thank you for it!
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