Exfoliating is the process whereby, old dead skin cells are removed from the outermost part of the body.
Most people believe exfoliation makes the skin glow, but if not done properly, it could do more harm than good to the body. If you choose to exfoliate, I advise you do so with care. Exfoliating isn’t for everybody, that is because we have different skin types and we should choose an exfoliating method based on your skin type;
Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use.
Normal skin is clear and not sensitive.
Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough.
Oily skin is shiny and greasy.
Combination skin is dry in some areas and in some other areas.
There are two types of methods of exfoliation and these methods depend on your skin type, they include chemical and mechanical.
This method involves the use of sponges and brushes to physically remove dead skin cells from the body. This is the most common and oldest method known to people. also , it is healthier than the chemical method. With the mechanical method, you are advised to scrub with care so you do not cause more harm to the body.
With the chemical method of exfoliation, chemicals such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids are used on the skin. This method gently dissolves dead skin cells. The word chemical here might put some fear in your heart, but like the aforementioned chemicals, all chemical exfoliators are highly safe. The only disadvantage with this method is that, it does work as fast as the mechanical method. This method takes weeks for any progress to be visible.
To prevent damaging your skin while exfoliating, I came up with some tips;
Consider The Skin Care Products You Use
Some of the products we use on our skin already, cause us to have sensitive skins that peel or react. Exfoliating while we use this kind of products could make our skin drier and have breakouts. For example, products containing retinol or benzoyl peroxide.
Select a Suitable Exfoliation Method for Your Skin Type
Those whose skin tends to become dry and have breakouts, are advised to just a washcloth and mild chemical exfoliators. This set of people are not advised to use the mechanical method, it could lead to serious injury. those with thicker and oily skin could use a stronger chemical exfoliator or the mechanical method. But if your skin type experiences things like, dark spot after bug bites, avoid strong chemical skin exfoliators as it could cause more dark spots on the skin.
Be Gentle to Your Skin
If You are scrubbing or using a chemical exfoliator, you are advised to be gentle to your body. Apply the product, scrubbing in a gentle circular motion, after 30 seconds, rinse off with lukewarm water. If you have sunburns or cuts, do not exfoliate.
Moisturize After Exfoliation
To ensure a healthy and hydrated body after exfoliation, apply moisturizer.
If you are not sure about your skin type and how to exfoliate, I advise you see certified dermatologist, he can evaluate your skin type and know if it’s generally healthy for you exfoliate
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