Exfoliating is the removal of dead skin, dirt, etc basically anything on the outermost layer of the skin. Exfoliating reveals the new, fresh skin :)
- This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne breakouts.
- Exfoliation can also help with dry skin by removing the flakey patches to show newer, fresh skin. Moisturizer can also help sink in better resulting in a more hydrated face.
- Over time exfoliation can create a more even skin tone & surface so age spots, acne scars, etc will be faded and gone.
- The surface of your skin will appear/feel smoother because youre buffing away uneven texture so makeup will apply more flawlessly.
- Exfoliation can also help shrink the appearance of pores because the pores will no longer be clogged.
- Skin care products will be more effective, when there is nothing clogging/blocking you pores all your moisturizers, serums, acne medications will work better and sink in better.
Ways to exfoliate. Some methods to exfoliate are more harsh than others, the harsher methods should be done less frequently than the more gentle exfoliation methods.
Remember: You CAN over exfoliate which can irritate and dry out the skin & cause break outs. You should not use all these ways of exfoliating together.
- Chemical Peel/Microdermabrasion - These are spa treatments which are a more intense way of exfoliation. They give a deeeeep exfoliation. I’ve done both before, they will quickly help acne scars and acne (and wrinkles & fine lines which i don’t have). These treatments should be spread weeks even months apart.
- Facial Scrubs - These are facial cleansers with little beads or exfoliation properties to gently exfoliate. You can make your own face scrubs with sugar, salt, etc. Some are more harsh than others. Facial scrubs can be used once or twice a week.
- Chemical exfoliating - Similar to facial scrubs there are facial washes/exfoliants that use chemicals to exfoliate instead of “scrubbing” with beads & such. These should be treated like facial scrubs and used once to twice a week.
- Cleansing Brush - These are fairly new and are meant to be used with face cleansers. They are sort of like tooth brushes for the face! lol. Some spin, some are more mechanical others are just simply a small brush. They help get a deeper clean with your face wash and exfoliate. Depending on your skin sensitivity these can be used daily or a few times a week.
- Using a rough/exfoliating tool like rough face sponge, exfoliating cotton pad, towel, etc. These can be used on face or body! These are usually cheaper but these aren’t my preferred method to exfoliate.
Disclaimer: I am not a skin care expert, this is based off my own knowledge/experience :)