There are many ways to care for our skin, many products we can use to keep it fresh and many natural ways to make it healthy.
But did you know that exfoliating the skin is also a must do for our skin to be completely healthy?
When we say exfoliating it is a practice of the removal of the dead skin cells from the outer layer of our skin or the epidermis. Although the skin can naturally shed around 30-40,000 dead cells per minute, exfoliating products can reduce acne and provide a smoother skin. Exfoliating is not the same for everyone, it differs on the type of skin and what part of the body you are exfoliating example of which is the process of exfoliating at the body is different from that of the face.
At our younger years the renewal of our skin takes place every 25 days, but as we age the process slows down that can result in more pigmentation thus making our skin look dull. Exfoliating can help us fix these natural phenomena whether you opt to do it naturally, chemically or electronically, exfoliating can give you a younger and more radiant skin. Manual and chemical exfoliants is only recommended to be used once or twice a week while electronic ways can be done more often. Exfoliating can also reduce the discoloration of the skin and help avoid fine lines and wrinkles. It is said that it is better to exfoliate in the morning, this is because the skin renews itself overnight, so by exfoliating in the morning the dead skin is already removed.
Below are tips on how you can properly exfoliate your skin.
- For body exfoliation, buy a bristled brush. You may use an exfoliating scrub to use with the brush and gently brush your body starting with your legs moving up to your body. Brush in a circular motion then continue.
- You can also use a loofah or exfoliating glove that you can easily purchase in any grocery or convenient stores. These products are made with natural sponge that can exfoliate ones skin, although these products should not be used on the face.
- Purchase exfoliating scrubs that contain substances such as pits, sugar, salt or other exfoliating ingredients. Before you start exfoliating allow your skin to run over warm water for a few minutes. Then you may proceed on using the scrub.
- For facial exfoliation for sensitive skin, choose a gentle cleanser that you are not allergic to or do not irritate your skin. People with sensitive skin should be wary with exfoliating; you can exfoliate but choose products that are best suited for your type of skin. When exfoliating your face use a soft cotton or terry washcloth and place it under warm water, squeeze the excess water and place it on your face for 1-2 minutes. This method will help open your pores. Put a small amount of your chosen cleanser on the washcloth and rub it. Rub the washcloth on your face in circular motions starting from the nose then to your forehead and continue until you covered the rest of your face. Be gentle. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- Use a moisturizing cream for your face and your body after exfoliating. This can reduce redness.
- For those with normal type of skin, use a mild facial scrub at night every seven days, you may apply the scrub on your face just like how you apply it with your body but in a more gentler way with small circular motions. You can also use a facial brush to aid you with exfoliating your face and be careful not to cause any redness on your face. Another thing you can do is to purchase a glycolic mask. This mask contains mild acids such as alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy. And never forget to use moisturizer after exfoliating.
- For those with oily skin. Use a facial scrub or skin care brush daily. Oily skin can bear a gentle exfoliation everyday. Use glycolic pads if necessary to remove excess oil and always apply a moisturizer.
- For those who have severe acne or other skin related problems, medical exfoliations are done. A dermatologist can perform treatments that can help remove skin cells. Treatments like microdermabrasion, which uses a devise to remove the skin cells, this device can include salt crystals or wire brushes. Another treatment is the use of chemical peels. These peels use a stronger type of acid for the treatment of acne but is not suitable to all skin types.