Washing your face on the daily (X2) is important. We know this. This is how we make sure that all the makeup, grime and build-up is completely gone so that our skin can breathe and regenerate, ensuring us that much-coveted glow. Some people even double and triple cleanse just to make sure that there are as bare-faced as the day they were born. That’s a big commitment (and a lot of products). It’s when it comes to exfoliating, however, that people tend to get confused. Should I be using a daily scrub? A peeling solution every few days? A polish a couple of times a week? Here’s the definitive answer as to how often you should be exfoliating your face. You’re welcome.
Scrub, Rinse, Repeat?
Exfoliating regularly is crucial in order to achieve or maintain good, smooth skin. If you don’t do it, you could end up with blocked pores and an uneven texture – NOT a good look. But how often should you be exfoliating to make sure your skin glows but doesn’t become irritated. According to experts, as often as your skin can handle it.
Our skin is made up of five layers and, as our cells mature, they move from the bottom layer to the top. This is where exfoliating comes in – while these dead skin cells would eventually come off anyway, using a chemical or physical exfoliant simply helps that process along.
While physical exfoliants, like scrubs, are still the preferred method by many, a lot of skincare afficiandos have converted to toner-like solutions or peeling pads that contain ingredients such as lactic or glycolic acid which melts the bonds holding the dead skin cells to the surface. The problem with the former is that scrubbing with TOO much enthusiasm can cause micro-tears in the skin which can damage the protective barrier as well as lead to premature ageing. That being said, there are scrubs and polishes on the market which are created to be more gentle so that there are little to no long-term side effects. Other than great skin, obvs.
So how do you know if you’ve OVER exfoliated? Luckily the symptoms are pretty apparent: Red, inflamed, sensitive skin. And if this happens, put on a soothing, lightweight cream and serum and step away from the scrub for a few days. Smooth-skin maintenance can resume as normal once things have subsided. Proceed with caution. And intuition.
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