In just one step, you may achieve smoother, brighter skin. How? Exfoliating! Exfoliation is essential for a youthful complexion at any age, as it speeds up skin cell turnover, which slows with age.
The procedure removes the skin’s outer layer of dead cells, resulting in a smoother, cleaner surface that reflects light and seems luminous. Exfoliating can (and should) be done on any skin type, from oily and acne-prone to dry and sensitive, yet according to a GH survey, nearly half of women omit it in their skincare routine.
What is exfoliating?
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, which can make your complexion look brighter. It’s also a way to remove dirt and bacteria from your pores, which can improve your skin’s texture and appearance.
Exfoliating is particularly helpful for people with dry or sensitive skin, as well as those with acne-prone skin. Here we’ll take a look at the different types of exfoliation — like physical and chemical exfoliants — and how they work to reveal brighter, clearer skin.
What are the different types of exfoliation?
Physical exfoliants are scrubs that manually remove dead skin cells from your face. These scrubs may contain ingredients like sugar, salt and beads that gently slough away dead cells. Physical exfoliators are ideal for sensitive skin that cannot tolerate chemical exfoliators. For best results, you should use physical exfoliants two to three times a week. Products that contain microbeads have been banned by many states because they can cause environmental damage when they wash down the drain.
Chemical exfoliants :
Chemical exfoliants are designed to chemically break down dead skin cells using acid that works at the cellular level to remove the upper most layers of skin. This process is what is known as dermabrasion and is used by dermatologists around the world to treat severe acne, scarring and sun damage. The best physical exfoliants today use buffering agents or emulsions to reduce skin sensitivity during use and require a low pH balance in order to work properly.
How can you exfoliate your face at home?
There are three ways to exfoliate the skin, each with a different mechanism, frequency and use, and is best suited for each skin type. How to find out which strategy is best for you :
If you have dry or sensitive skin, choose exfoliating. “I recommend the physical skin of dry or sensitive skin to improve the texture and texture without getting infected,”.
For oily skin, choose chemical or combination peels with BHA. Chemical peels with BHA help minimize acne-prone skin and pore clogging. The dual exfoliation of physical and chemical ingredients “maintains [combination peels] for more tolerant oily skin,”
If you have a combination skin, both physical and chemical peels are effective. Apply sparingly at first, assessing skin tolerance. For mature skin, choose AHA-based chemical peels that target anti-aging by shining, enhancing evening tones and smoothing wrinkles.
How often should you exfoliate your face ?
Good exfoliation is the key to a healthy and youthful complexion. This is because exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing the newer and healthier cells beneath. When we neglect to exfoliate, these old cells build up on our face and clog up our pores.
Toxins and dirt also get trapped in these pores due to lack of exfoliation. All of this can lead to acne, blackheads, whiteheads, and other blemishes on the skin.
The frequency with which you need to exfoliate depends on your skin type. Those with oily skin will require more exfoliation than those who have dry skin because oil-based products tend to clog pores more than dryer ones do.
Here are some general guidelines for how often you should exfoliate:
- Oily Skin – 2-3 times per week
- Dry Skin – 2 times per week
- Normal Skin – 1-2 times per week
- Sensitive Skin – 1 time per week
Best ways to exfoliate your face?
There are a few things you need to know before shining to avoid angry (and damaged) skin during exfoliating:
Physical exfoliation :
- When using a body scrub, such as a face scrub, first cleanse the skin thoroughly with a facial tonic .
- Beauty Labs recommends applying a small amount of peel to moist skin with a circular movement with very light pressure to avoid skin irritation and microcracks. Avoid eye areas when applying.
- Rinse the scrub from your face and tap your skin with a towel to dry.
Chemicals exfoliation :
- Start by cleansing the skin with a facial tonic and then dry it completely with a towel.
- Avoid the area around the eyes and apply the chemical peel according to the instructions on the package.
- Leave as instructed. Follow the product instructions to remove the scrub or leave it on the skin.
When should I skip or stop exfoliating?
Skip home scrubs after specialized treatments such as chemical exfoliation, microdermabrasion, sunburn, relapse of eczema and rosacea. Avoid using skin care products that contain ingredients that can be sensitive to the skin, such as retinol, vitamin C, and other acidic products (cleansers, toners, masks, serums, moisturizers, etc.) on exfoliating days.
It is also generally best to routinely incorporate one type of scrub at a time to avoid irritation and damage to the skin. We recommend GH Beauty Lab. Therefore, if you have been trying facial scrubs for a week, do not use facial scrubs or cleansing brushes either. If you notice any irritation such as redness or rash, do not remove it.