This is such a great question, do I need to exfoliate my skin? We all want beautiful, glowing, soft skin right? But where do we start with so many products on the market promising us exactly that?
Let’s discuss exfoliating your skin.
Do you need to do it? Is it THAT important?
There are so many products on the market these days and promises of glowing, smooth, clear and soft skin. Some regimens are seriously complicated and contain 100 different products (okay not 100 but you know what I mean, A LOT!). They tell you that you need this, and that, and these too. I mean, if you have time every day for a 10 step at home spa treatment, by all means go for it… but any entrepreneur or mom knows we don’t. So today I would like to discuss an important classification of products and whether or not you really need it….
The short answer… YESSSS exfoliating IS important!!! Let me explain why…
Exfoliating your skin sloughs off all those dead skin cells that leave your skin feeling dull, rough and flaky. It also allows your serums, treatments and moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin layers for maximum benefits. Exfoliating gets deeper into the pores to more efficiently remove built up dirt, grime, pollution, and makeup as well.
If you want that beautiful, smooth, glowing skin, you need to start incorporating exfoliating into your skincare routine NOW!!!!
Your skin will begin to glow, feel smooth and soft, your foundation will go on smoother and have a nicer, more natural finish.
How often should you exfoliate? Some products are gentle enough for daily use while others are 2-3 times per week. Please read the directions on your products carefully.
Now what’s the difference between manual and chemical? And no I don’t mean harsh, toxic chemicals. Water is a chemical and it’s a necessity so let’s get that cleared up right now, not all chemicals are bad!
Manual is a product that physically scrubs your skin. It typically contains some sort of abrasive material (hopefully eco-friendly) like sugar. Or it’s a more abrasive wash cloth or sponge. These products are physically abrasive to the skin and are not suited for everyone. Some skin types can get irritated with the physical exfoliants. If this happens, discontinue use and perhaps try a different one. These are typically best used 2-3 times per week.
Chemical is with the use of acids, enzymes or plant based ingredients that dissolve and loosen dead skin cells. Some are gentle enough for daily use while others are recommended 2-3 times per week.
It’s very important to read your labels!
Let’s not be afraid of chemicals k?
More chemical exfoliants include willow bark extracts, proteolytic enzymes and fruit acids.
Is it possible to over exfoliate? Yes and it can strip away the skins protective barrier leaving it vulnerable to sun damage, dry skin and possibly skin infections. It is recommended to only use 1 type of exfoliating product within a 24 hour period. It is recommended to exfoliate 2-3 times per week with most products. Please read the label, some products are gentle enough to use daily while others are 2-3 times per week.
Be sure to use a hydrating moisturizer after any exfoliating treatment.
I have gotten onto a better skin care routine over the past few months and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since I started incorporating a regular exfoliating routine into it. My skin is so much smoother, more even toned, glowing and I get compliments all the time!!!
Check out a few of my recommendations below for body and face exfoliating products!
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