Over time, dead cells replace the topmost layer of our skin, which gives our skin a dull gloomy feel and appearance. This dead skin can also promote acne and other skin problems. The body can easily shed these dead cells when we are younger but this process slows down as we begin to age. To assist our bodies in the process, exfoliating your face on a regular basis can be very helpful to expose the healthier new cells below.
Exfoliation can be done using certain face washes containing ingredients such as glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, AHAs, and BHAs or manually through scrubs. However, the type of exfoliation depends on your skin and skin type and if one is not careful when exfoliating you can end up doing more harm than good.
To help you with the process, there are certain steps that you can take to ensure that you are exfoliating your skin the right way.
1. Pick the Right Product
Some skin care products or medications we use cause our skin to become more sensitive than it really is. This means that we need to be really careful when using these products on dry or acne-prone skin. If you are new to exfoliating, pick a milder skin care product rather than one with a high concentration of AHAs or BHAs. When exfoliating, pick a product that best suits your skin type. A washcloth or mild fruit enzyme wash may be better for sensitive skin while the manual exfoliation techniques and stronger exfoliant such as AHAs or BHAs are more suited for oily, less sensitive skin. If you have a dark skin or feel that your skin tends to have dark spots from acne and old bug bites then it is advised to use mild exfoliation chemicals to prevent an uneven skin tone.
2. Pick the Right Time
Free radicals are unstable molecules which occur in atmospheric pollution and toxins and have the ability to harm your skin over time. They work against antioxidants that neutralize the harmful effect of these free radicals. Examples of antioxidants are vitamins A, C, & E, and beta-carotene. Where do we find antioxidants? Colorful fruits and vegetables are a great source. There are many sources where antioxidants can be found including, but not limited blueberries, kiwis, spinach, walnuts, beans, and even red wine (in moderation of course). Improving your diet in this regard can really help improve your skin.
3. Pick the Right Moisturizer
Once you are done exfoliating, do not leave your skin as it is. The skin is now dryer than it was and needs to be hydrated to stay smooth. Follow up with your moisturizer. This step is really crucial for the people who already have dry skin.
4. Pick the Right Frequency
You may have been told you need to exfoliate daily but this doesn’t hold true for everyone. You need to find a schedule that suits your skin type and stick to it. Over exfoliation is as bad as not exfoliating at all. So, be very careful to not overdo it.
Exfoliation is a crucial part of skincare routine and must be done the right way so that you can benefit from it. Please contact our medical team today for more professional guidance on how you can take care of your skin better and age beautifully.