Exfoliating isn’t just something that sounds important, it really is important. If you want to keep your skin healthy, happy and youthful looking exfoliating needs to be a part of your regular skin care routine. While understanding that exfoliating should be a part of your regular skin care routine, it’s also important to having some of the secrets from the experts. They are, after all, experts on this topic. There are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to exfoliating, and to make sure that you’re making the most of your exfoliating rituals it’s crucial you know what they are. We’ve discovered some exfoliating advice from your esthetician that you should know.
There Are Different Types of Exfoliating Products
While you may feel like an exfoliating product is just that, there are two different categories that exfoliators fall under. Chemical/acid or physical are the two main categories of exfoliating products. Chemical exfoliants are products you simply apply to the skin and allow to do its thing on your skin while you leave it there (until you wash it off). Physical exfoliants are products in which you need to do something physically to get the exfoliating product moving. Think of exfoliating brushes and scrubs. Experts suggest that everyone have a health balance between the two types of exfoliating methods to really keep your skin healthy and happy, and to really make the most of your efforts.
Consider Your Skin Type
Just like with cleansers and moisturizers, exfoliating products should be chosen based on your skin’s type. All of us have different skin types, which means our skin has different needs. Not using an exfoliating product(s) based on your skin type can cause you to have reverse results, with your skin becoming irritated instead of soothed. And let’s face it-irritated skin isn’t happy, healthy or glowing skin. There is a massive variety of different exfoliating products, but they’re not all created to suit every single skin care type. Having an understanding of your skin type is going to be a necessity to making sure that you’re choosing and utilizing exfoliating products that are best suited for your skin.
Know How Often to Exfoliate
Unlike cleansing and moisturizing, you shouldn’t be exfoliating on a daily basis. Many experts suggest that you should exfoliate your skin fairly often, but daily is NOT advised. Since exfoliating is a skin care step that’s a deeper clean (essentially) there is such a thing as doing it too often. So how do you know when you’re exfoliating too often? Experts suggest that if you notice your skin is very red and irritated after you’re exfoliating this is a sign that you’re doing it too often on your skin. Another sign that can be an indicator of exfoliating too often is if you notice that your skin is becoming much dryer in appearance and feel. When exfoliating too often you could be stripping your skin too much, which can leave it dry.