Exfoliating is a popular skincare technique among men and women alike. This process is meant to help remove an excess of dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and can leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and fresh. Did you know, though, that people frequently over exfoliate?
Dry or Sensitive Skin
Exfoliating should not be done daily. Doing this too often will only strip the skin of its natural oils, which may cause breakouts. If you have naturally oily skin, exfoliating two to three times a week should suffice. If your skin is naturally dry, then it would be best to further limit your exfoliating routine to one to two times per week. Additionally, if you have a skin condition that makes your skin extra sensitive, you should avoid peels and limit your exfoliating, or you may only further agitate your skin. People who have cystic acne, couperose, rosacea, or hypopigmentation, elderly people, and people who have a fresh tan or a sunburn, should take extra care of their skin while exfoliating.
Use a Gentle Brush
One simple and safe method for exfoliating is to use a brush, moving it in small circular motions over your skin. Start low, then work up if you’re exfoliating multiple parts of your body. For example, you may want to start with your legs first. While exfoliating your face, start with your nose and move up to your forehead, then continue around the face in a circle. It may help to take a warm shower before exfoliating to open the pores.
Chemical exfoliation is also a popular method. Enzymes are a particularly safe way to exfoliate skin without breaking capillaries and causing irritation. Consider using an exfoliating mask with fruit enzymes, such as bromelain from pineapple and papain from papaya. These fruit enzymes eat away at excess oils and dry skin to expose a refreshed, clear complexion. Enzyme masks are often gentler and safer than acid-based cleansers.
Enjoying Smooth Healthy Skin
Whatever your preferred method of exfoliating, treat your skin with care. If you notice your skin becoming overly irritated while using any exfoliating method on it, stop use immediately and reassess your skin care needs. Your skin health is important, and healthy skin is beautiful skin!
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