How Frequently Should You Exfoliate Your Skin?

Most of us who are in any way familiar with proper skincare know how important it is to exfoliate. Experts generally agree that among the many benefits of exfoliating the skin is that it:

 

  • Minimizes pore size
  • Reduces breakouts and acne
  • Facilitates the absorption of other products into the skin
  • Evens out skin tone

Thus, experts are in general agreement about the benefits and importance of exfoliation. Where they begin to disagree is in the frequency with which you should exfoliate. This is an important issue since over exfoliating can lead to skin that is red, tender, and sensitive. Thus, over-exfoliating – something you rarely read about on skincare sites – can actually be detrimental to your overall beauty goals. Opinions vary on the frequency with which you should exfoliate from not at all – wrong! – to several times daily – also wrong. According to board certified dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, two or three times a week for normal to combination skin is normal. Additionally, she recommends that exfoliation may be necessary as often as weekly for sensitive skin. Ultimately, then how often you exfoliate depends on your skin type. As we’ve stated before on this blog those types are: normal, combination, dry, oily and sensitive.

 

Other Exfoliation Tips

 

As with every other aspect of your skincare regimen, knowledge about exfoliation goes a long way in helping to achieve your beauty goals. First, remove all make-up before beginning. Not doing so first will lessen the effect of your exfoliant. Next, you should never rub too hard or too frequently when exfoliating. This action could damage your skin. Be gentle when exfoliating. For a full body exfoliation, work one body part at a time by massaging your cleanser into the skin in small circular motions using a soft towel. When finished, rinse the exfoliating cleanser off with warm water, not hot! Hot water is very harsh on the skin. Cooler water will be gentler on the skin and it will accomplish the goal of removing the dead, damaged skin quite effectively. Finally, add a back brush, pumice stone, exfoliating body wash, and moisturizer to your exfoliation routine.

 

Our exfoliating body scrub and facial enzyme exfoliant helps remove dead and damaged skin cells to reveal new, healthy, radiant results. Our exfoliants accomplish this through the use of natural catalysts and potent papain enzymes. Like all of our products, our exfoliants are also backed by clinical studies and research. Just remember to exfoliate but not too often.

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