Exfoliation and How Often You Should Do It

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Keeping your skin healthy and beautiful can be achieved in many ways. Besides moisturizing and cleansing, exfoliation is a significant step towards the perfect skin of your dreams. Like any...

Keeping your skin healthy and beautiful can be achieved in many ways. Besides moisturizing and cleansing, exfoliation is a significant step towards the perfect skin of your dreams. Like any other process, it takes time for improvements to show, but the result will pleasantly surprise you. 


What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Although your body already naturally removes dead skin cells, it can not eliminate the cells from the surface. Therefore, it needs a slight boost to get the job done. You can help exfoliate your skin in two ways: chemical and physical exfoliation. 


Chemical and Physical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation uses chemicals that are gentle enough not to damage your skin. Unfortunately, some people may be allergic to chemicals such as hydroxy acids used in chemical exfoliators. 

This is where physical exfoliation comes into play. Physical exfoliation involves using special sponges, brushes or loofahs to remove dead cells from your skin’s surface.  

Before starting to exfoliate your skin, you have to consider different details, such as how often you have to exfoliate, what products to use for better results and different side effects of not exfoliating properly.  


How Often Should Exfoliation be Done?

Before deciding how often you have to exfoliate, you must first ascertain your skin type. There are three types of skin: normal, oily and sensitive. If you can not determine which type of skin you have, you can always consult a dermatologist for a clear and confident answer. 

If you have a normal skin type, you should exfoliate two to three times a week. If you notice that your skin tolerates the exfoliation, try to increase the number as long as you do not cause any damage. However, suffering from different skin conditions such as eczema can diminish the number of times you can exfoliate. Consult a specialist if you find yourself in this situation.

Exfoliation is an excellent choice if you have oily skin. Because your skin is constantly covered in different substances, you can exfoliate your face almost daily. Notice how your skin reacts to daily exfoliation; if the results are positive, start your day by scrubbing your face. 

Sensitive skin can react poorly to exfoliation. This does not mean you can not do it at all. Limit exfoliation to once every one or two weeks. In exceptional cases, depending on skin sensitivity, you may want to avoid exfoliation altogether. Damaging your skin can lead to different skin conditions that can not be treated, such as scars.  

Aside from your skin type, there are other details you must remember when determining how often you should exfoliate. For example, factors such as hydration, skin conditions, age and climate can alter how many times you can exfoliate. 


The Benefits of Exfoliation

Besides the fact that exfoliation removes dead skin cells and unclogs your pores, there are other benefits it brings to the table. Removing bacteria and dead cells from your skin is already a huge plus, but it does not stop here. Some of the benefits of exfoliation are listed below.


Exfoliation is Amazing against Skin Aging

It is only natural for wrinkles to appear as we age, but that does not mean we can help slow down the aging of our skin. Exfoliation is known to make the skin appear and feel younger. In addition, removing the dead cells that encourage skin aging will not only improve your health but also give you a well-deserved boost of self-esteem!


Exfoliation is a Must when Shaving Your Face

Not only men but women also shave their faces. Many people don’t know that the shaving process can have awful results if your skin is covered with dead skin cells and other substances. For that reason, exfoliating your skin before shaving prevents dead skin cells from getting stuck in the razor, which, in turn, will give you a clean shave.


Deep Skin Exfoliation Helps Diminish Breakouts 

Painful breakouts are common in skin conditions such as acne and eczema, damaging patients’ self-esteem. Usually, breakouts occur because of clogged pores and dirty skin. By clearing your skin, you lower the chances of breakouts ever occurring. 


Exfoliation Can Even Your Skin Tone

Throughout the day, your face gets covered by sweat, and dust clogs your pores. This can lead to blotchy skin if we do not exfoliate or at least clean our faces. Unfortunately, many people begin exfoliating quite late in life, so they might fight with stains on their faces that cannot be removed only through this process. Deep exfoliation is an excellent choice for people with this problem, as it removes the blotchy parts from the face and evens out the skin tone.


How to Exfoliate Your Face

People enjoy exfoliating in the morning or at the end of the day, but that is not a rule. You can exfoliate whenever you want, at any time of the day. Some people tend to exfoliate in the morning for a fresh-faced look, while others do it at night to remove the buildup gathered throughout the day. In addition, you can exfoliate when you get back from work or on your break. 

Before you exfoliate your skin, you first have to cleanse the area. Then, use your preferred product to wash your face before rinsing it thoroughly. These steps may differ depending on the type of exfoliation you want to use. For example, if you choose manual exfoliation, apply a pea-sized product to your chin, nose, cheeks and forehead. Next, use a sponge or brush to massage your skin while spreading the product across your face, and rinse with cool water afterward. 

On the other hand, if you wish to use chemical exfoliation, the instructions are printed on the product. Because there are so many chemical exfoliators, the steps you need to follow can differ. Consult the label before starting the exfoliation process. 


What is Deep Exfoliation?

Aside from chemical and physical exfoliation, there are other ways in which you can get rid of those dreaded dead skin cells. For example, some people opt for deep exfoliation procedures. 

Deep exfoliation requires a professional esthetician who can use one of the many procedures that will clean your face and unclog your pores. There are a few options from which you can choose, such as Skin Peel, Back Facial, Oxygen Facial, Dermaplaning, and Acne Relief Facial. In addition, some deep exfoliation procedures use lasers, and others use steam, so you can choose which one you think will be better for your skin and budget!


A Parting Reminder

Keeping your skin healthy is something everyone should do. Unfortunately, as pollution rises, your skin can suffer every time you leave the house. Discover which exfoliation technique you prefer and add it to your skincare routine. Your skin will thank you, and you will do the same when you start noticing the benefits of exfoliation!

Mălina O. R.

Mălina O. R.