A good skincare routine is essential as it helps your skin to look and feel healthy. Exfoliating is one of the essential steps of a good skincare routine, helping to remove dead skin cells while promoting healthy skin cell renewal. In this blog, we’re going to look at why exfoliators are so important as well as the two different types and how often you should be exfoliating.
Exfoliating our skin helps to remove the dead skin cells which remain on the surface of the skin. It’s an important step of the skin care routine as our faces are exposed to the environmental factors every day. Exfoliating helps to remove any of the chemicals which we are exposed to.
As we get older, our cell regeneration slows down, which means it takes the body longer to shed the dead skin and regenerate new cells. By exfoliating, you are removing these cells, along with dirt, which can make your skin appear dull and dry. Exfoliation also promotes blood circulation, which helps to achieve the sought-after glowing skin! After unclogging the pores with an exfoliator, you allow your face to absorb other skincare products, especially moisturiser, which helps to maintain the balance of your skin.
Which Exfoliator Should I get?
There are two main types of exfoliators; physical and chemical. Like every skincare product, it’s not one size fits all. Every skin type will require slightly different products, so it’s essential to find one which works for your skin.
Physical exfoliators are ones which physically scrub your skin; this could be by using a sponge, brush or a product which contains ingredients such as; clay, sugar, salt, coffee or jojoba beads as an example. Whereas, chemical exfoliators are ones which use acids to exfoliate, containing ingredients such as; glycolic acid and lactic acid.
Our Cellular Renewal Facial Peel is the perfect product to exfoliate your face gently. Containing silica, rosehip oil, as well as glycerol stearic acid and ascorbic acid, this organic facial peel can aid in removing dirt and dead skin cells.
How Should I Exfoliate?
Dependent on the type of exfoliator you select will determine how you use it.
For a physical exfoliator:
- Apply the scrub to your face and gently massage in circular motions.
- It’s key to keep the movements light and not to rub too hard on the face.
- Rinse the scrub with warm water.
- Pat face dry and then ensure to finish with a moisturiser as exfoliators can cause your face to feel dry.
For a chemical exfoliator:
- Cleanse your face.
- Apply the chemical exfoliator to the face and gently massage in circular motions.
- If the exfoliator is like a face wash, wash with warm water. If it’s a facial peel, read the instructions as to how long the peel should be left on for.
- Pat face dry and then ensure to finish with a moisturiser.
Can I Over Exfoliate?
Over-exfoliating can strip your skin of the natural oils which are required, this can lead to breakouts. You’ll be able to detect whether you’ve over-exfoliated; flaking, irritation or redness are all signs of over-exfoliating. If you over-exfoliate over a long period of time, it can cause the skin on your face to become even thinner and age faster.
How Often Should I Exfoliate?
The general rule of thumb is to exfoliate two–three times a week for those who have normal and combination skin. If you’ve got sensitive skin, it’s suggested to only exfoliate once a week. We’ve got a blog about how to define your skin care type if you’re unsure which you conform to.
If you want to know the importance of cleansers and the importance of toners, our blog is full of skincare tips! Natural products for skin are the best way to ensure that you leave your skin looking and feeling great. All of the products we have here at Myreen Young are made from natural and organic ingredients, so you can shop and be sure what you’re putting your skin isn’t harmful!