You’ve probably heard that regular cleansing is the most important ritual to perform for gorgeous skin. Unfortunately, you may not be aware that regular exfoliation is essential for maintaining bright, glowing skin.
The skin deals with multiple changes throughout the year as it adapts to the changing seasons. If you want beautiful skin throughout the year, then you need to exfoliate.
If you’re not familiar with exfoliation, take the time to learn a bit more about it. Here’s a look at some of the facts and benefits surrounding exfoliation. You’re sure to learn something you didn’t know about exfoliating your skin.
① Skin Naturally Exfoliates
Your skin naturally exfoliates itself, and when you’re young, the skin renews itself about once a month. However, after you top 30, your skin doesn’t exfoliate itself as often. This often results in a dull complexion and increased pigmentation of the skin.
② Multiple Exfoliants Exist
You can find exfoliants in all sizes and shapes. Electronic, chemical and manual options all can help give you radiant, beautiful skin. However, each option differs. Electronic exfoliants can be used daily, while you should only use chemical or manual options a couple times each week.
③ Exfoliating Offers Many Benefits
Regularly exfoliating your skin offers so many benefits. First, exfoliating offers the benefit of beautiful skin. It helps to remove dead skin cells, but the benefits go beyond that.
Exfoliating helps reduce problems with pigmentation or skin discoloration. It can even help eliminate and prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
④ Be Careful When Choosing Exfoliants
It’s important to choose your exfoliants carefully. Certain exfoliants have rough edges and those edges may cause skin damage. To avoid skin damage, you should only choose exfoliants that have rounded edges.
⑤ Consider Chemical Peels
Chemical peels, particularly those that contain glycolic acid, help to remove skin layers that have been damaged. You won’t have to scrub at skin to remove those damaged layers, since the chemicals will easily lift the damaged skin away.
⑥ Waxing Exfoliates
If you wax your face regularly, it will exfoliate your skin. If you wax a particular area of the face, you should not exfoliate that area before or after waxing.
Exfoliating before or after waxing may result in discomfort to the area, and in some cases, it could damage your skin.
⑦ Rise and Shine…and Exfoliate
Many people exfoliate at night, but it’s better to do it in the morning. Skin will renew itself while you’re sleeping, so you’ll slough dead skin away if you exfoliate in the morning.
⑧ Exfoliate Gently
You don’t want to scrub too often and you need to exfoliate gently when exfoliating. If you rub too hard, it could end up harming your skin.
⑨ Avoid Over Exfoliating Skin
If you have acne or oily skin, you may be tempted to exfoliate more often to eliminate oil or acne. However, if you over exfoliate, it can make the problem worse.
Exfoliating too often may make the sebaceous glands produce even more oil, resulting in more breakouts. Only exfoliate 1-2 times weekly, even if skin is oily or acne prone.
⑩ Remove Makeup First
Before exfoliating your skin, remove makeup. Not only should you remove makeup, but you should cleanse skin too.
Failing to remove makeup and cleanse will mean that you won’t get the deep clean you want from exfoliating.