Have you been diligent about your skin care regime, but still feel unsatisfied with your skin’s health? Have you been feeling an unusual amount of acne? Perhaps more open pores or dryness than usual?
These can be common concerns of people who may be exfoliating much more than necessary. We’ve all heard about the benefits of exfoliating, which includes smaller pores, tighter skin, and fresher, younger looking skin. However, remember that although your skin is known to be strong enough to protect you, it’s also quite fragile. So important to treat it with gentle care.
Get Rid of the Old and Make Way for the New
Although it’s not as obvious as a reptile, our skin does have a natural way of shedding and regenerating newer skin. This typically happens approximately every 27 days.
Dead skin cells naturally flake off. However, quite a few are left lingering behind, making it more difficult for newer skin cells to live where it’s meant to. Sometimes dead skin cells wander off and end up in open pores, creating potential damage, which often leads to acne and other skin problems.
To help provide a happy, healthy environment for new skin cells, it’s important to exfoliate. However, remember that new skin cells are also present not too far off from your dead skin cells. So you want to make sure you don’t create a hostile environment for your new skin cells by trying to rub them off too quickly.
Exfoliation Techniques to Live By
The following are helpful techniques for a smoother exfoliation process:
- Exfoliate Gently
- Minimize Exfoliation Times
- Be Mindful of Natural DIY Products
- Micro Beads Can Work Just Fine
- For Best Results, Seek the Help of an Expert
Your skin is not made like wood that needs a sander. If at all possible, stay away from hard scrubbers that could actually create more damage than good.
As mentioned, your skin regenerates approximately every 27 days, which means you don’t need to exfoliate every day. Minimize your exfoliation times to once or even twice a week, if absolutely necessary. More than that can actually create patchy dry skin in areas, where exfoliation had been much more than your skin could handle.
Although “natural” can be great in most cases, there are products in your kitchen that are just not meant to be used on your skin. Otherwise, an entire industry dedicated to skincare could truly be in trouble.
Remember that although some recipes can have quick fix solutions, they may not be good for the future of your skin’s health. For example, many DIY skincare ingredients call for the wonders of lemon. However, most of us know just how much damage too much lemon can do on our teeth. So think about it, if it can create havoc on something as hard and sturdy as teeth, imagine what it can do to your skin.
You don’t need expensive tools to have a proper at-home exfoliation. There are great products out there that stand up to its name. Many of these products have micro beads that help to move those dead skin cells. For best results, try applying in a circular motion for a few seconds at a time, giving it the ability to cover as much area of your face as possible.
Experts, such as an Esthetician can help you take great care of your skin. They can put together a skincare plan for you, which includes a very thorough exfoliation (microdermabrasion) on a timely basis. Some Estheticians recommend you have a professional microdermabrasion monthly, every 6 weeks, or sometimes even every other month, based on your skin’s health.
Think you don’t need it? They will get down and dirty with your blackheads or pores that have been clogged for quite sometime. They will clean up areas of your skin that you had no idea even needed help, until you notice a significant difference soon after your visit.