At the the age of 20 we shed a full layer of dead skin cells about every 28-30 days, but as we age the cellular turnover rate slows down. By exfoliating regularly we can keep up with this process for healthy looking skin. Read on to learn 7 tips for exfoliating correctly!
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and is great for allowing the skincare products we use to penetrate more efficiently. Exfoliation also keeps our skin looking reflective and full of life. However, understanding how to exfoliate correctly will go a long way in helping you to get the most out of this piece of your skin care regime! Below are seven tips on how to exfoliate correctly.
1. How Often You Should Exfoliate
Most people should exfoliate their skin two to three times a week. This, however, can vary based on skin type and skin thickness. Many of our Denver clients with thicker oily skin exfoliate up to four or five times a week, whereas clients with thinner, drier skin exfoliate one to two times a week.
2. What Time of Day to Exfoliate
In teaching our clients how to exfoliate correctly, we always recommend nighttime exfoliation because exfoliation can cause more sensitivity to the sun.
3. How to Choose Physical Vs. Chemical Exfoliation
Exfoliation is achieved both physically, such as with the use of granular scrub or skin brush or chemically with the use of either alpha hydrox acids, retinol or enzymes.
Ideally is it best to incorporate a bit of both physical and chemical exfoliation regardless of your skin type and thickness. However as mentioned above your skin type and thickness will dictate how strong the exfoliating ingredients are and how often they are applied on the skin.
4. The Best Exfoliation Ingredients
For people who tend to have thicker or oily skin types should use more aggressive exfoliating ingredients such as Retin-a or retinol and alpha hydroxyl acids. We recommend using products such as Image Total Repair Cream that actually contains a blend of both retinol and alpha-hydroxy acids. If you have drier skin, enzymes are better as they are gentler on the skin, Image Hydrating Repair Cream will do the trick! Or use an exfoliating mask such as Yonka Gommage #305, it hydrates as it exfoliates.
5. Exfoliation Products You Should NEVER Use
You should never use exfoliation products which could cause skin damage such as apricot scrubs, or high chemical peels you purchase over the Internet. You should also avoid over exfoliating as this will lead to dry, red, or irritated skin.
6. Symptoms Which Show You Should Change Your Exfoliation Routine
While these are general guidelines on how to exfoliate correctly, everyone may need to modify their skin care methodologies based on their own skin type and goals. You should reduce the number of times you exfoliate and/or change exfoliation products if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Your face or skin remains red or sensitive after exfoliation.
- Your skin is itchy and/or appears to have hives.
- Your skin feels extremely dry after exfoliating.
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