The more I talk to others about their skin and their current regimen, the more I learn that exfoliation is something most people neglect. I understand that most people don’t understand the importance of it, so this post will clear some things up.
Whether your skin is dry, normal, oily, sensitive, or even (mildly) acneic, you should be exfoliating 1-3xs per week. How often depends on how much your skin can handle. For example, I have oily skin and it’s pretty resilient, so I exfoliate 2-3xs per week while someone with sensitive skin may only do so once per week.
There are different types of exfoliants and the effectiveness is about the same for all (unless we’re talking about chemical peels, which should only be done professionally).
- Manual exfoliants: Cleansers/exfoliants that have very small “grains” that you can rub onto your skin. Think skin scrubs. Just be careful to not be too hard when scrubbing your skin.
- Chemical exfoliants: These are usually creams that you can apply to your skin that contain an enzyme that will “eat away” at your dead skin. After a set amount of time (5-10 min, usually), it is rinsed or wiped off along with the dead skin.
- Chemical peels: Done by a professional (esthetician, dermatologist) and is much stronger in strength. Great to have if you suffer from moderate to severe hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, etc.
So, why exfoliate? Removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin allows your products to penetrate the skin better, preventing clogged pores for overall clearer skin. Oily skin types appear less oily with regular exfoliation, dry skin types are more hydrated b/c the moisturizers can absorb better, etc. So, in addition to cleansing your skin morning and night, exfoliating on a regular basis can keep your skin at its best.