Everyone knows that we should cleanse our skin at least once a day to remove all makeup and dirt. Most of us are even aware of moisturizing. But, not everyone talks about exfoliation. There is so much advice available about exfoliation online that a beginner won’t even know where to start. So, I have put together a step-by-step beginner’s guide on how to exfoliate.
Did you know?
Did you know that exfoliation occurs naturally when your skin is younger? This happens once every 25 days or so. However as you enter your thirties this process slows down which is why your skin tends to appear duller and you may start to see pigmentation at this age.
WHAT EXACTLY IS EXFOLIATION?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells from the surface of your skin. This exposes newer fresher cells, leaving your skin more radiant.
- For great skin (we can’t think of a better reason!). Not only does exfoliating remove dead skin cells on the surface, it also helps clean your pores of dirt and oil much more effectively. This in turn helps reduce the chances of pores getting blocked, which eventually leads to black heads and even acne.
- For better absorption of skincare products. The newly exposed skin cells absorb serums, lotions and other skincare products much more effectively. This also helps plumping up your skin cells and making them that much better cared for.
- For improved circulation. When you exfoliate your skin you improve the blood circulation. It not only helps your skin look better but also makes you feel better. The color and elasticity of your skin improves.
You can also watch this video to know “Why you should exfoliate?”
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- Do not over exfoliate. We cannot stress this often enough. Just because something is good for you is no reason for you to overindulge in it. Moderation is key. Over exfoliating can cause your skin barrier to weaken. It can also result in pigmentation, skin sensitivity and over production of skin sebum and oils. This is a natural reaction of the skin as it tries to protect it itself from the onslaught of excess exfoliation to which you are subjecting it.
- You can exfoliate using store bought scrubs or a home made DIY scrub using kitchen ingredients such as sugar, salt, oatmeal, honey, lemon etc. These are considered physical exfoliators. Check out this Amazing Rose Scrub with Real Rose Petals!
- You can also exfoliate by chemical means or by ingredients such as like citric acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, malic acid and fruit enzymes. These are normally done under skilled supervision by our dermatologist. Store bought chemical exfoliators normally have the same ingredients but in much smaller dosages.
- Other exfoliators include hand held electronic devices which offer a form of micro-dermabrasion from various manufacturers.
- Most hand held cleansers/ exfoliators claim to be gentle enough for daily use. Physical exfoliators such as scrubs should be used once a week for normal to dry or sensitive skin. Not more than 2-3 times a week for oily skin.
- Waxing counts as well! When you wax the hair off your skin, you also end up removing the top layer of dead skin cells. You will have noticed how much softer and smoother your body feels after a waxing session.
Do you have any tips about how to exfoliate better? If yes, please do share in the comments below.