Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and is essential for scraping out dry and dull skin. It boosts blood circulation through your skin, leaving it brighter and livelier. However, if not done carefully and properly, exfoliation can damage your skin in many ways. To follow a successful exfoliation routine, here is what you need to take care of.
Methods of exfoliation
There are two methods of exfoliation; mechanical (facial scrubs or brushes), and chemical (acids and skin peels). If you are a beginner you might want to start off with these exfoliation tips for the best skin ever.
You can use an exfoliating bristle brush; some are made to be used on dry skin, others can be used with your facial cleanser. You can use an exfoliating sponge for a gentle approach. If brushes or sponges are hard for you to grip, you can use exfoliating gloves. An exfoliating cleanser, however, can be applied directly to your face using gentle, circular motions.
Alpha-hydroxy acids include such ingredients as lactic, tartaric, glycolic, and citric. They cause your skin to naturally shed dead skin by breaking bonds that hold dead and dull skin. For acne-prone skin though, the Beta-hydroxy acids work much better. Some masks work as chemical exfoliants.
Exfoliating different skin types
Dry skin: Avoid mechanical exfoliation as it can lead to dryness and micro-tearing. Alpha Hydroxy acids suit dry skin; glycolic acid removes dead cells. Follow up with a sunscreen because glycolic acid makes skin prone to sun damage.
Oily skin: This skin type benefits most from mechanical exfoliation because oily skin has extra layer of buildup that only mechanical exfoliation can remove. For best results, use an exfoliating scrub or brush.
Sensitive skin: Any sort of mechanical exfoliation can irritate sensitive skin and cause rashes or redness. A mild chemical exfoliator is a good choice.
Normal skin: It is alright to choose any method of exfoliation. Experiment with your skin and find out what works best!
Combination skin: Combination skin may require a mix of mechanical and chemical exfoliation. The important thing to remember here is that both methods should not be carried out on the same day.
To be wary of some issues that might come with exfoliating different skin types, you need to know what to do for safe exfoliation. While exfoliation is helps prevent breakouts and skin infections, if you have any doubts it is recommended that you consult a skin care expert.