Exfoliating is the key to slough off the outer layer of dead skin cells and ensuring super soft skin. But exfoliation should be done with care and with caution because an over-enthusiastic effort to free your face of a worn stratum corneum could do your skin harm. So here we share 5 exfoliation tips to ensure your skin is always soft, smooth, and supple.
1. Exfoliate at night: The best time to exfoliate is in the evening after cleansing and toning your skin. While you sleep, your skincare products will penetrate more deeply and be more effective because you’ve exfoliated.
2. Work Longer Not Harder: Perhaps it’s been a while since you dug out your facial scrub and sloughed away those old, dull skin cells, so the “gently massage for 30 seconds” doesn’t seem like it’s going to be enough. If that’s the case the key is to gently massage longer (but no more than 90 seconds), not harder. Rubbing harder will only irritate your skin, leaving a splotchy red complexion behind.
3. Exfoliate in the shower: It is better to exfoliate in the shower because the steam will help open the pores and stimulate circulation.
4. Encourage Cell Turnover Between Exfoliation: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, but for your complexion to look bright (not raw), there needs to be healthy, mature cells ready to take their place. That’s where cell turnover comes in. Cell turnover is the process by which skin cells mature and rise to the stratum corneum layer and push the dead cells out of the way. Regular cell turnover and exfoliation keep the skin looking full and radiant. To encourage cell turnover, look for moisturizing products (especially for nighttime) with Retinol (a derivative of Vitamin A).
5. Exfoliate before Shaving: If you plan on waxing or shaving, exfoliate first since the act of exfoliation encourages ingrown hairs to come to the surface.
6. Exfoliate after Sun: If you exfoliate away the outer most layer of your skin before you go in the sun, your skin will be more sensitive to the sun’s rays.
7. Exfoliate often: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, exfoliating too often can stimulate your oil glands so aim for once a week. But if you have normal or combination skin, exfoliate twice a week. Dry or dehydrated skin can be exfoliated two to three times a week to encourage cell turnover. While sensitive skin can be exfoliated once a week.