Everything You Need To Know About Exfoliation
When it comes to exfoliation, I guess that the first question that comes to your mind is “How often should I exfoliate?”. Although the answer depends primarily on your skin type, skin concerns, age. etc, there are some basic rules that you can followed. Let us help you get the best of this easy, yet very beneficial, step in your skin care routine.
How does your skin benefit from exfoliation?
#1: Remove Dead Skin & Toxins The main reason we exfoliate our skin is to remove the dead epidermal cells that build up on the skin surface (along with all impurities that our cleanser couldn’t deal with). After we exfoliate our skin appears and feel smoother, softer and healthier + makeup application is way easier, and the finish is flawless. Apart from that, by gently removing a layer of epidermal cells, we allow the advanced treatments we apply afterwards to penetrate deeper and be more effective.
#2: Improved Blood Circulation Exfoliation improves blood circulation, which results increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
#3: Rejuvenation Last but not least, when we exfoliate, we stimulate the natural rejuvenating process of the skin, which helps us get rid of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sunspots, marks and scars.
How often should you exfoliate?
The rules of thumb is: exfoliate 2-3 times a week. This rule, however, like any other rule, is not universal. How often you should exfoliate depends, above all, on your skin type.
Usually, oily skin has a thicker layer of dead-cells on its surface, due to the fact that it produces sebum with more dense texture – it acts like glue and sticks the cells together, slowing down their normal shedding. People with oilier skin are encouraged to exfoliate 3 times a week.
What To Try: La Mav Cranberry Bio Exfoliating Scrub
Formulated with Bamboo, Ascophyllumnodosum Extract and organic cranberry seeds, this gentle, yet deeply purifying scrub, reveals a soft luminous, evenly-toned and smoother-looking skin.
If you have dry skin, your epidermal cells shed faster, compared to the cells of someone with oily skin. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean you have to stop exfoliating.
People with drier skin, often struggle with dry patches, dull complexion and lack of glow – three problems that can be solved with regular exfoliation. If you have dry skin, we recommend exfoliating 2 times a week.
Those of you who have sensitive skin, should not exfoliate more than once a week, because you risk increasing skin’s sensitivity. One of the most common causes of hypersensitivity is thinning of the protective skin barrier, which is why you should be very cautious and pick your facial scrubs wisely. Opt for scrubs with smaller particles/exfoliating beads, since they are considered gentler.
What To Try: La Mav Jojoba Beads & Argan Oil Scrub
Designed for dry and sensitive skin, this organic scrub is infused with Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil for a luxurious yet gentle bio-exfoliant that leaves skin clean, smooth and energised.
Here, as you can guess, there are no strict rules. Start with 2 times a week, see how your skin “behaves” and increase to 3 times a week, if you feel the need to.
Since we all age in a different way, it’s hard to be definitive about how many times per week we have to reach for our favorite facial scrub. It may sound cliché, but in order to find what works best for you, you need to experiment. Start with 2 times a week, and if you feel your skin can “handle” more – go for 3 times a week. Exfoliation is crucial for mature skin, because it boost the formation of new, healthy cells.
Regardless of your skin type, the most important rule, when it comes to exfoliation is: Monitor your skin. Your skin will “give you a sign” if you are doing something wrong. If you start getting red spots, dry patches or your skin feels too tight and hypersensitive, you are either overdoing exfoliation/rubbing too vigorously, or you are not using the right product for your skin.
Side Effects of Over Exfoliation
Having in mind the fact that one of the main roles of the epidermal cells is to protect the skin from external aggressors, if we go overboard with exfoliation, we risk worsening the condition of our skin, rather than improving it. Frequent or aggressive exfoliation, can lead to increased photo sensitivity, dryness, flakiness and irritations.
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