Most women have a day ritual when it comes to taking care of their skin. Wash and moisturize twice a day. That is great, but it is not enough to keep you skin looking its best. Washing and moisturizing will keep your skin clean, but if you don’t exfoliate every few days, you are just torturing your skin. Many women don’t even know that they should be exfoliating. Here are some tips and reasons why exfoliating should be an important part of you ritual.
Why do we need to exfoliate?
This is an easy one. Your body is constantly producing new skin cells. That, mixed in with environmental factors and the use of makeup, can be damaging to the skin. If you don’t exfoliate, your pores can accumulate dirt and other debris, causing breakouts. Exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells, remove dirt and keep pores looking smaller — all for a more glowing complexion.
Should you exfoliate every day?
No there is no need to exfoliate daily. While your skin does need to be refreshed on a regular basis, exfoliating more than necessary can actually cause skin to become rough, dry and patchy.
Not everyone has the same type of skin. Some are oily, some dry and others can be a combination of both.
People of all ages can experience oily skin. A general rule is the oilier your skin, the more often you can exfoliate. Instead of using hot water to remove excess oil and dirt, opt to use warm water and a mild exfoliator with a detoxifying solution. Having oily skin makes it hard for dead skin cells to make their exit, but the detoxifying solution penetrates deep into the pores, gently flushing away debris and oil and leaving you with flawless-looking skin.
Harsh scrubs and peels should be avoided for women who have sensitive skinas it can lead to excessive irritation. Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser twice a week to gently remove dead skin cells. Try using a washcloth instead of an exfoliating tool. Also, make sure to use a clean washcloth when exfoliating. Using the same washcloth can breed bacteria and ultimately do more harm to your skin than good.
Even women with dry skin should exfoliate. Women with dry skin actually get an abnormal buildup of skin cells, preventing normal exfoliation and normal moisture retention. Exfoliating helps the dead skin cells shed at a more normal rate, making room for new skin cells and hydrating the skin. If you have dry skin, use a mild exfoliating cleanser while using a cleansing brush twice a week to help sweep away dead skin cells more quickly.
Normal or combination skin
Women who have normal or combination skin often have a T-zone that is oily and cheeks that are dry. These women also tend to have large pores, especially on the nose, and they experience occasional breakouts. Then a chemical peel that contains alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids would be a good idea. These peels are extremely effective in eliminating excess oil through the T-zone area. How often you should use such peels varies by product, so make sure to always follow the directions.