The "Dos" and "Don'ts" of Exfoliating

Posted by NATASHA MCGUCKIN on

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.

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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!


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5 comments

  • Wow! Thank you for sharing! I had no idea that it was best to exfoliate in the morning! This is such an amazing tip 👏🏼
    Definitely gonna try that and see if there is a difference

    Seth on
  • Good to know that I’ve been doing it right and not over exfoliating 🙏♥️

    Olivia Meza on
  • I try to exfoliate after I go to the gym to get all that stuff off my body but still smell good. I love how simple and straight to the point of this blog! As a woman on the go, this is so useful.

    Kyla Rae Pacheco-Paglinawan on
  • I did not know about better exfoliation at morning time is better. It makes totally sense though why our skin would want to regenerate during the night time when we are resting though. I’m definitely going to try adding that into a routine now. I’ve known about not exfoliating when you have any form of sensitivity going on. I use to shave then exfoliate when I was in middle school thinking it would make my skin smoother. But it seriously damages you. This is such an information article & I love it so much.

    Kali Geiger on
  • I had no idea that there are two types of exfoliant-Chemical and physical exfoliant 🤯

    Jamie on

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