When you exfoliate your skin, what you are doing essentially is removing dead skin cells from the skin’s outer layer. This process can be damaging to skin if not done correctly. Exfoliation can vary from the mechanical use of sponges, brushes and scrubs to the application of chemicals such as glycolic or salicylic acid that lift or dissolve dead skin cells. If you’re not sure where to start, let us guide you on how to exfoliate your skin the right way:
Find your routine: The frequency of your exfoliation will depend on your method. If you use a vigorous method then exfoliation should become less often in your routine. When using a brush or sponge, ease the pressure on your skin by applying brief, gentle strokes. When using a physical exfoliant or scrub such as our Glow Scrub, use your fingertips to gently apply the desired amount in small circular motions. Follow this by rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Know your skin type: The type of skin you have also determines the frequency of your exfoliation. If your skin is sensitive for instance, use an exfoliator with mild ingredients such as jojoba beads as these will not irritate your skin. Alternatively, you could use a mask. Our Purity Mask contains kaolin and rhassoul clays, and chamomile which draw out impurities from the skin. For acne-prone skin, make sure not to exfoliate your skin until the acne is dried out. Dry skin will require less exfoliation than oily skin to avoid bruising. Depending on your method, oily skin should be exfoliated 2 to 4 times a week.
Consider your other products: The products we use on our skin play a great role in our health. Some skin products contain ingredients that are harmful to the skin. Ingredients such as retinol can cause the skin to be more sensitive so exfoliating while using products containing these ingredients may worsen the skin condition and even cause breakouts.
Remember to moisturise: Exfoliation can cause the skin to feel dry afterwards so, always follow with a good moisturiser such as our Ivory Butter (Vanilla) to keep your skin hydrated and soft.