Wana know a little secret? Until not that long ago, I had no idea what exfoliating was. I always knew it was a step in cleaning one’s face, however, I didn’t know what it actually did. Now, since I’ve aged, (yup, I’m 30:|) well, I kind of hit the age that I need to exfoliate regularly! So, yes, I now know what it is! What exactly is exfoliating and how often should one do it?
Exfoliating 101- The Basics Of Exfoliating
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that sit on the surface of your skin and this leaves room for new healthy cells. When you don’t exfoliate all the dead cells build up and it leaves the skin looking dull and dry. It also causes a build up in oil, which in turn results in more spots and clogged pores. Now that you know what exfoliating does you are probably wondering what it has to do with my age. Well, it has a lot to do with getting older. As we get older the body slows down the process of making new cells, so we need to help it out a little.
What exfoliator is the right one for you?
Like most beauty products, there is no shortage of exfoliators. There are many different types from many different brands. This all leads to one thing- confusion! There are two different ways to exfoliate, manual or chemical. Most people have heard of manual exfoliators. They include all the different types of scrubbing exfoliators whether in a cream format or an actual brush. Chemical exfoliators are less known. They work with mild acid and enzymes. They breakdown the glue of the dead cells. The main difference between the two is that with manual, the results are instant whereas, with chemical exfoliators you will see the results slowly over time. Chemical exfoliators also effect all the layers of the skin whereas manual ones only do anything to the top layers. So which one is for you? If you have acne prone skin, I highly recommend keeping away from any scrubs. They will only aggravate the skin which will make your skin redder and your acne worse. Chemical exfoliators are much gentler and longer lasting.
Reasons to choose manual exfoliators: quick results, increase circulation.
Reasons to choose chemical exfoliators: gentle on the skin, long lasting results.
My favourite manual exfoliator is Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. It smells amazing and is pretty gentle for a manual exfoliator. My favourite chemical exfoliator is the ALPHA-H Instant Facial. Its a little on the pricey side, but a winner nevertheless. Over time it blurs imperfections and helps create healthy cells.
What is the best time of day to exfoliate?
In the winter it doesn’t really make a difference, you can exfoliate in the morning and evening, or any time of day really. But in the summer, I recommend only exfoliating in the evening. This is because after you exfoliate you have essentially removed a layer of skin, this makes your skin more sensitive. And more sensitive skin should not be exposed to the sun, so be sure to skip it in your morning routine.
The Dos and Don’t of Exfoliating
Don’t over-exfoliate. If you think its like cleaning your skin more often, it’s not. Cleanse every day- yes, but don’t exfoliate more than twice a week or you will be stripping more than just dead skin cells. Do use a moisturiser straight after exfoliating. This will sooth any irritation and protect your open skin. Don’t scrub your skin harshly. Exfoliators are made to exfoliate so you don’t actually have to apply pressure when using them, its not going to make the product work quicker. All it will do is aggravate your skin and cause breakouts. Do exfoliate your whole body, remember it’s not only your face that gets older!
Whichever exfoliator you chose to use, the main thing to remember is that you should exfoliate regularly. As we get older we need the help of these exfoliators more and more, to help keep our skin looking young and healthy by getting rid of all the old cells. I hope you have enjoyed this Exfoliating 101. What are your favourite tips for exfoliating? Do you exfoliate regularly? What’s your favourite exfoliator? Let me know in the comments below:)