Are Exfoliators Bad For Healthy Skin?

July 9, 2014
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Exfoliating both the face and body contributes to smoother looking skin, but also a more youthful appearance. It is recommended that individuals should mildly exfoliate once or twice a week, since anything more could lead to dry and cracked skin if not heavily moisturised afterwards. Gently exfoliating the skin with a method which works for you is the best way to rejuvenate the skin and keep it feeling healthy and brand new.

Benefits of exfoliation

There are many benefits which come along when exfoliating skin on a weekly basis. For the body it can smooth out any lines or buildup on the knees, elbows and feet and improve the appearance of un-even skin tone. While for the face helps to remove any dry patches and diminishes problem areas which attract a build-up of dead skin cells.

Exfoliating the face

Take extra care when exfoliating the face and neck, since these areas are usually more sensitive and prone to break-out. Exfoliating scrubs are available almost anywhere and work wonders when paired with warm water to give a noticeably smoother appearance to the skin. If you do suffer from itchiness or mild sensitivity whilst using a scrub, only exfoliate once a week or however often your skin needs needs to be pampered. It is always best to leave your skin to breathe, rather than constantly over-treating it with products.

As of late, exfoliating brushes such as the PMD and Clarisonic have become a fast way to remove dead skin cells with ease. If you’re just starting out, make sure to use the product on the lowest setting so your skin can slowly adjust to the process. These brushes are also amazing at removing excess makeup, oil and grime off the surface of the skin, where makeup removers, cleansers and wipes just can’t reach.

Exfoliating the body

There are many tools available to gently exfoliate the body, even for those who have very sensitive skin. Bath and shower loofahs, exfoliating gloves and textured sponges should be used in circular motions to effectively exfoliate the skin. Body scrubs such as the Instagram-famous Frank Scrub contain various vitamins and minerals which together help to exfoliate and moisturise the skin in one go.

How much is too much?

Look out for signs that your skin might be suffering from over-exfoliation since this can cause more harm than good. Itchiness, redness, sensitivity and break-outs are all common side-effects which can harm the epidermis otherwise known as the outer layer of skin. If skin appears to be dry and scaly, apply a moisturising cream or aloe vera to avoid any further pain or sensitivity.

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