If you’re not already exfoliating regularly, then you definitely should include this important step into your skincare routine right away. Why? Because exfoliating regularly rejuvenates your skin, makes it smooth and supple and will work wonders for every skin type. However, you should be aware that there are certain exfoliating mistakes to avoid so you don’t sabotage the health of your skin and achieve your skincare goals.
The types of exfoliants
There’s more than one way to exfoliate and get that desired glow.
- Physical exfoliants are the most common and work by mechanically sloughing off dead cells that make your skin look dull. They include loofahs, scrubs, sonic brush, microdermabrasion, and a good old washcloth. So basically anything with a texture that you can use to scrub your face.
- Chemical exfoliants are the second most popular type of exfoliant. According to Reader’s Digest,
chemical exfoliants can actually be gentler than scrubs. “Chemical exfoliants very gently dissolve the ‘glue’ that’s holding dead cells on, causing them to fall off, and uncovering brighter, fresher skin”. “They’re available in varying grades, and many can be purchased without a prescription.” The three most effective types are alpha-hydroxy acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, and retinoids.www.rd.com
But if you’re not exfoliating properly then you can cause your skin more harm than good. So here are 8 exfoliating mistakes to avoid getting glowing skin.
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Exfoliating Mistakes To Avoid And Why
Mistake #1. Wrong Exfoliator
Just like with your other skincare products, you may need to experiment before you find one that suits your skin. Because continuously using the wrong kind of exfoliator won’t get you the results that you’re looking for.
Exfoliation is meant to make your skin look bright, lustrous, smooth, and radiant. If your skin looks inflamed, irritated, red, flaky, swollen, or is burning, you’re either not using a product meant for your skin type, or you need to change your application technique.
And If you have acne-prone or sensitive skin consider a paraben and sulphate-free formula to keep your skin healthy and radiant. No one knows your skin better than you do, so be cautious when choosing an exfoliant and if you’re uncertain speak with a dermatologist.
Mistake #2. Exfoliating Too Often (Or Not Enough)
It’s just as easy to over-exfoliate as it is to not exfoliate enough. And how often you should exfoliate depends entirely on your skin type and what it needs. Aim to exfoliate your skin often enough to steer clear of skin problems and keep your skin clean and smooth. According to Fitfabfun.com,
anyone with sensitive skin should exfoliate once or twice a week, tops. If you have normal to combination skin, three times a week will do, and if you have oily skin, your skin can take up to five times a week. When in doubt, scrub less frequently and allow your skin time to turn over cells naturally.fabfitfun.com
The goal is to remove dead cells that accumulate daily. Some people can and do exfoliate daily though there are exceptions.
If you choose to exfoliate daily, then you’ll get the most consistent result. Besides getting rid of dead cells, exfoliating also stimulate collagen production which helps firm your skin and makes new healthy, plump cells as you remove the dead ones.
As long as you’re not overdoing it with an overly aggressive technique or leaving the product on for too long, daily exfoliation is usually fine. If you experience any redness or irritation, contact a dermatologist, especially if you’re using a prescription retinoid.
Mistake #3. Scrubbing Too Hard
If you thought the harder you scrubbed, the more effective it was, you thought wrong! If you exfoliate for too long or press too hard then you risk breaking blood vessels which can lead to inflammation.
Always remember to exfoliate gently with mild pressure and not to use it any longer or more often than instructed. Although exfoliating is the key to getting rid of dirt, grime and dead skin cells, be gentle to your skin while doing so.
If you rub your skin too hard with the exfoliator, you’re really doing more harm than good.
Mistake #4. Forgetting To Moisturize
Your job isn’t complete after exfoliating your skin so never leave it bare! If you ignore your skin after exfoliating, your skin will dry out. Ouch! After exfoliating, your skin is in prime condition to absorb all of your favourite skincare products.
Prevent dry skin by applying a moisturizer that suits your skin type immediately after. This will seal moisture within the skin and keep your skin hydrated, soft and supple. So make sure to follow up with your everyday skincare routine.
Mistake #5. Forgetting Sunscreen
Because exfoliation removes the outermost layers of skin, you may be more sensitive to sun exposure, making regular sunscreen use non-negotiable.
A good option is an all-mineral sunblock with antioxidants for extra protection from sun damage. Remember if you exfoliate in the mornings or at all, you should always apply sunscreen before you start your day. Your skin will reward you.
Mistake #6. Forgetting Your Body
If you only exfoliate your face and neglect the rest of the body, then you should start exfoliating your body right away! Yes!
Just like your face, you need to exfoliate the rest of your body or, you’ll end up with dull and dry skin. Exfoliating isn’t restricted to just your face so, exfoliate from head to toe. You could try using a body scrub or body brush to exfoliate your body.
Mistake #7. Over Spending
There are countless options for exfoliating including tools, cleansers, and chemical treatments. But don’t make the mistake and assume that more expensive equals better. There are many great options available at both the department store and the drugstore.
Washing your face with your everyday cleanser and a washcloth gives the same benefits of exfoliation. So you don’t have to go broke chasing after the glow.
Mistake #8. Not Exfoliating At All
Exfoliating is one of the best things you can do for your skin. It becomes even more important as you age when cell turnover naturally slows down. The payoff? Less tired-looking, glowing skin. And the confidence that goes with it.
So, what’s you’re best exfoliating tip? Let us know in the comments! 😉
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