Wanna know a little secret? Until not that long ago, I had no idea what exfoliating was. I always knew it was a step in skincare, however, I didn’t know what it actually does. Now, since I’ve aged, (yup, I’m 30:|) well, I kind of hit the age that I need to exfoliate regularly! So, yes, now I know all too well what it is! What exactly is exfoliating and how often should one do it? Read on to find out if this is something you should include in your skincare routine.
Exfoliating 101- The Basics Of Exfoliating
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that sit on the surface of your skin, by doing so, you are leaving room for new healthy cells. When you don’t exfoliate, all the dead cells build-up, leaving the skin looking dull and dry. It also causes a build-up in oil, which in turn results in more spots and clogged pores. Sometimes the solution to your skin’s breakouts is something as simple as exfoliating once a week!
Now that you know what exfoliating does you are probably wondering what it has to do with my age. Well, in fact, 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 out our skin a little. That’s where exfoliating comes in! It gives the skin that little nudge to produce new and healthy skin cells.
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! But no fear, I’m going to simplify it for you.
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 break down 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 affect 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.
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. That 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 only exfoliate in your evening skincare routine.
The Dos and Don’t of Exfoliating
Because exfoliators are pretty strong products, there are certain rules and guidelines that you should be aware of. For exfoliators to have the best effect on your skin, I advise you do use them in the best possible way! Use them correctly and your skin will benefit hugely. Use them incorrectly, and unfortunately, your skin will suffer. That being said, I don’t mean to instil fear of exfoliating. It really is simple, all you gotta do is follow these guidelines and your skin will be eternally grateful!
- Don’t over-exfoliate. If you think exfoliating is like cleansing 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 soothe 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, it’s 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 you get older you need the help of these exfoliators more and more, to help keep your skin looking young and healthy by getting rid of all the old cells.
What are your favourite tips for exfoliating? Do you exfoliate regularly? What’s your favourite exfoliator? Let me know in the comments below:)
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