Okay…so what’s exfoliating?????? AND WHY!
Exfoliating is taking dead skin cells off the surface of your skin through some type of process. Now, your skin naturally does this on its own about every 30 days or so, but sometimes, cells don’t shed completely. This leaves us with problematic skin, such as dry, flaky patches or clogged pores. This is why exfoliating is essential!
The American Academy of Dermatology says that “exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of topical skincare products by enhancing absorption.” Other benefits include preventing clogged pores which means fewer breakouts. If used regularly, it can increase collagen – minimizing the appearance of fine lines.
But be careful because overdoing it can also cause problems.
It’s important to select a suitable method for you. This is not a one size fits all solution. There are chemical peels, physical exfoliants, and manual exfoliants such as cleansing scrubs, exfoliating mitts, dry brushes, loofahs, pumice stones, micro-needling, or micro derma rollers (but please do not use either of these last two unless you REALLY know what you are doing).
There are DIY scrubs that you can make, but why go through all of that and make a mess. Usually, you end up with more than enough to supply a small army. My suggestion is just to buy. But you are probably wondering, “how do you select what OTC product to choose and when to exfoliate?”
If it’s meant for the body…it ain’t meant to go on your FACE! It’s far too abrasive for your delicate facial skin.
Only use one product at a time. If you are using a mask, retinol, or any other solution, it’s best NOT to exfoliate at the same time. Wait until the next day and alternate days. I usually exfoliate every 3-4 days. Again, do not overdo it.
READ THE LABELS. If your skin tends to be sensitive, find an exfoliant specifically for sensitive skin. Do not use something that is for acne-prone skin. The chemicals will be far too harsh. You may also need to swap out products based on the season.
You can always go with professional services but do your homework. Conduct your own research because all options will not produce the same results for everyone.
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