How to Properly Exfoliate Your Skin
Sometimes dead skin cells do not entirely shed from our skin. This can result in clogged pores leading to frequent breakouts. Exfoliation is the process of removing these dead skin cells. It provides many benefits in eliminating dull and dry skin, brightening it and improving blood circulation. It also increases collagen production, which results in glowing and vibrant skin. There are two main types of exfoliation- Physical and Chemical.
While physical exfoliation includes scrubs and brushes which mechanically remove dead skin, chemical exfoliation does this with the help of acids. Therefore, it is essential to know your skin before deciding which method of exfoliation to choose.
Skin Types and Exfoliation Methods to Use
- Dry Skin: Characterized by rough texture, this skin type is prone to irritation and redness. It also enhances fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical exfoliation is preferred as physical causes further dryness. AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids which are water-soluble, like the glycolic acid, is best for this skin type. Follow up with sunscreen and moisturizer.
- Oily Skin: Oily skin causes more breakouts and enlarges pores. Here both physical and chemical exfoliation is used. Physical scrubs are particularly helpful in tightening pores. Chemical-based exfoliants like Beta Hydroxy acids are oil soluble and penetrate to the deepest layers of the skin to remove bumps, blemishes and excess sebum.
- Sensitive Skin: Physical exfoliation is a strict no-no as it increases redness and irritation for this skin type. Gentle chemical exfoliants are recommended. You can also use acid peels at a dermatologist’s office for acne-prone skin.
- Combination Skin: This skin which is characterized by both dry skin and oily skin, can use a mixture of physical and chemical exfoliants. However, it is not recommended that both be used at the same time. Use moisturizer if skin feels dry after exfoliation.
Exfoliation is recommended twice a week and always make sure to follow up with SPF and a moisturiser. By now, the readers must have a fair idea of the different exfoliators used for various skin types. Exfoliation gives smoother, softer and supple skin. It also helps in even distribution of makeup. Healthy skin is essential for every individual, and it also helps you gain confidence in your appearance. Consider visiting a dermatologist today to know your skin and keep it clean and healthy!
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Samira is a Middle-Eastern beauty expert passionate about skincare and makeup. Samira lived in different Arabic countries and worked in some of the most prestigious beauty centres in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. That is how Samira acquired most of her knowledge about beauty and the Arabic skincare rituals.