wait... you exfoliate daily?!
After a long day at the office followed by a visit to the gym and a stop at the supermarket, exfoliating is a great way to refresh your skin. Most exfoliators are created with tiny particles that help remove dead skin cells, ultimately revealing soft radiant skin that seemingly transfers your appearance back to its youthful self.
Sounds great, right? The magic of exfoliating could tempt even the strongest gal around town to exfoliate daily, but as the old saying goes too much of anything can be a bad thing. In fact, over exfoliating can (and likely will) become a skin care disaster.
When it comes to properly adding exfoliation to your skin care routine, it’s important to find the right balance for how often you should exfoliate depending on your skin type. Even if you have a ‘normal’ skin type, daily exfoliating can dry out and irritate the skin making you never want to exfoliate again!
But don’t be frightened! Exfoliating has many benefits for the skin when done appropriately and with care.
So how often should you exfoliate? We’ve gathered a few recommendations from an expert in the skin care field along with tips and tricks to get the most out of your exfoliating:
Exfoliating Over Three Times a Week is TOO Much!
Over exfoliating can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause your face the breakout. “Two to three times a week for normal and combination skin, and once a week for sensitive skin," says dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi.
Don’t Set a Routine. Let Your Skin Guide You.
In the age of foundation, concealer, powder, primer (in that order), it’s easy to feel the need to have a set skin care routine. But when it comes to exfoliating, it’s best to let your skin dictate the frequency. Exfoliating every other day like clockwork? Stop. Exfoliate when you feel you need to not when your routine says you have to. What worked last week may not work this week. Be adaptable!
Show Your Skin You love It. Don’t Be Rough.
Exfoliating and torture are not synonymous. Most exfoliators have small, fine particles that scrub the skin without the need of extra pressure. Let your hands glide over your skin being sure not to add too much pressure (especially on the face) as doing so could cause damage to your skin cells.
In short, it’s important to remember that there is no one set routine that will work for everyone. Some skin types will require more exfoliating than others. Try a few things and see how your skin reacts. If irritation occurs or your skin becomes unusually dry, it’s time to re-examine how often your reaching for your scrub.
How often do you exfoliate? Let us know below!