16 Things We Should All Know Before Exfoliating
It’s pretty common knowledge that exfoliating is good for your skin. The thing is, we’re constantly being told what we should and shouldn’t be doing with our beauty routines, and it can get pretty confusing.
We decided to break it down into a simple go-to guide for exfoliating to help you get your best skin.
1. First of all, you should never just exfoliate.
You’re going to want to make sure you’re cleansing your face first, then exfoliating, and then putting on moisturizer. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen! It’s a process, but it’s worth it.2. One of the biggest and common mistakes people make is over-exfoliating your face.
You really should only be doing it one to two times a week, at the very most.
3. If you do over-exfoliate, you’ll end up with skin that’s red, painful, and irritated.
You’ll also be more exposed to sun damage.
If this does happen, simply give your skin a break from any treatment until it heals itself.
4. You shouldn’t choose just any old exfoliant off the shelves and try it out.
You need to know what your skin type is and what the exfoliant is specifically designed for. Otherwise, you could be doing more harm than good.
5. There are two major types of exfoliants you could try.
Your options are either a physical or chemical exfoliant.Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and you can absolutely use both together in your routine.
6. A physical exfoliant is where you’re physically buffing away the dead skin cells with a tool.
You might use a cleansing cloth or sponge, but it’s important to know that if you’re doing this, you have to start gently, as it can cause damage to your skin if you’re too rough.
7. A chemical exfoliant is just that: a chemical.
There are so many great products out there, all with different chemical balances that suit dry versus oily skin.Again, make sure you do your research to find out what’s best for your skin.
8. There are some exfoliants out there that can be used under your eyes.
The tissue there is generally very sensitive and shouldn’t be done with any regular product, however.
Make sure you’re only using what has been specifically designed for that area, or you could do damage.
9. You can exfoliate more than just your face.
You could be exfoliating your body (which can handle tougher products) as well as your lips, your hands, and even your scalp, if you can believe it.
10. Do not assume that you can use a body exfoliant on your face.
The product will likely be way too rough, and you’ll do damage to your skin.Remember, stick to products that are specially designed for your face and skin needs.
11. A lot of people recommend that you exfoliate at night.
This way, you can remove all of the dead skin cells from the day and sleep with a night mask on for even better results.
12. Exfoliating actually does way more than just remove dead skin cells.
You’ll also find that it improves skin pigmentation and prevents fine lines and wrinkles from forming.
Of course, all of this takes time and doesn’t happen overnight, so be patient!
13. If you have oily skin, don’t assume that exfoliating will fix the problem.
Actually, if you’re cleansing and exfoliating too much, it may cause your oil glands to produce more than necessary, making the problem worse.
14. You skin actually naturally exfoliates and renews itself every 25 days up until you’re 30 or so, when the process slows down.
If you’ve started to notice discoloration and dullness in your skin as you age, this is likely why.
15. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll definitely want to stay away from the gritty physical scrubs.
But there are still a lot of alternatives you can use to remove the dead skin. Even a washcloth is enough to get the job done.
16. Microbeads were a common exfoliant ingredient, but they were recently banned because of their negative impact on the environment.
So if you’re still seeing products with the beads, be sure to avoid them!Make sure you SHARE these exfoliating tips with your friends!