First things first, what is exfoliation, anyway?
Exfoliation is the removal of dead and the oldest skin cells from the topmost layer of skin and can be accomplished via face scrubs, facials or peels.
Now, how often should you exfoliate your face?
Skin should be exfoliated up to 3-4 times per week as dead skin can get trapped on the surface and cause clogged pores, rough skin texture, dullness, and breakouts!
Is Exfoliation Good For My Skin?
Yes, it most certainly is. However, there is also such a thing as over exfoliation and too much of a good thing, can be enough.
Skin naturally sheds its top layer, and by exfoliating you are helping your skin along in its natural process. For example, for men, exfoliating helps with facial shaving and can improve uneven skin tone.
However, all of that said, over exfoliation can remove your skin’s natural oils that act as a barrier between icky gunk and the good, good stuff. This results in exactly what you were trying to prevent to begin with.
Some signs of over exfoliation include an extra shiny forehead, facial puffiness, excessive breakouts, skin tightness, peeling or flaking. If you notice any of these, stop immediately and let your skin re-align itself.
A great face scrub can bring out your inner radiance and even your skin tone. Just don’t overdo it.
Plus, the best time to exfoliate your face is at night before bed. This way, you can follow-up with a hydrating night cream and let all that delish moisture soak on in.
If you are new to exfoliation and have sensitive skin, consult your dermatologist.