Exfoliating is a super important part of anyone's skincare routine. Having beautiful skin is definitely a priority for most people, and exfoliating can help achieve a youthful appearance by removing dead skin cells. Here are a few "dos" and "don'ts" when it comes to using a face or body scrub:
Do: Find the Right Exfoliant
Whether is is a chemical or physical exfoliant, finding the right exfoliant can take some time. These two types are readily available, so you can try them both! Here's an example of a chemical exfoliant, and here is a physical exfoliant. If you're still not sure which exfoliant is best for you, consult with an esthetician or a dermatologist!
Don't: Exfoliate Everyday
We want to get rid of dead cells just as much as the next gal, but over exfoliating can actually do more harm than good. By exfoliating everyday, your skin can become extremely sensitive and irritated which can inhibit new skin cell production. You also have the potential of removing too many layers of skin and the skin will most likely be "raw." This can also increase potential of sunburn since the skin has nearly no protective layers against the UV rays.
Do: Exfoliate in the Morning
Our bodies are so cool! They are busy doing little things 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! Overnight, our skin cells renew themselves, which is why it's best to exfoliate in the morning. Of course you don't want to exfoliate everyday, but exfoliating 3 to 4 times per week as a part of your AM routine to have glowing skin.
Don't: Exfoliate Irritated Skin
If you just got waxed, just shaved, currently recovering from a sunburn, have a rash, or any other ailment where your skin is inflamed, then you definitely should NOT exfoliate your skin. If you exfoliate skin that is already in a fragile state, it will only cause further irritation. Everyone's skin is different, so just be mindful to some signs of irritation like redness, itchiness, burning, and dryness/patchiness. If your skin is showing any of these warning signs, then be sure to use gentle moisturizers in order to help alleviate the irritation!
Take care of your skin, and it will take care of you!