Debunking Exfoliation Falsehoods to Achieve Healthier Skin
Many of us wish we had paid more attention to skin care and health when we were younger. Good news, it isn’t too late! As advancements in skincare technology and techniques are made every day, there is a plethora of readily available options to choose from.
A simple and beneficial way to keep your skin healthy and beautiful is exfoliation.
Exfoliation plays a vital role in bringing lustrous youth back to our skin and experts agree that it is safe for everyone!
Myths & Misinformation
Thanks to the internet, an abundance of information about skincare is readily available. However, it is important to separate myths from reality.
A common falsehood warns individuals with oily and acne susceptible skin to avoid exfoliation altogether. Nonetheless, such individuals can care for their skin with the proper technique.
Those with oily and/or acne-prone skin should steer away from physical scrubs as it irritates the skin, increasing chances of a breakout. Methods such as acidic face washes or masks work well as these products work to remove the acne-causing grit and grime.
Similarly, individuals with sensitive skin should avoid harsh and gritty scrubs. Utilising products formulated with naturally occurring ingredients such as plant or fruit extract will help calm and -gently exfoliate skin. Also, such ingredients have been found to be an effective dark circle remedy.
How To Properly Exfoliate To Improve Skin And Avoid Problems
The American Academy of Dermatology encourages individuals to match product and technique usage to their skin type. Characteristics of each skin type are as follows:
- Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
- Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
- Oily skin is shiny and greasy
- Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others
Dry, sensitive, and acne prone skin will require milder exfoliation products and techniques while those with thick or oily skin may need more aggressive treatments.
Experts warn that those with deeper skin tones should avoid strong chemical or mechanical exfoliation. These products and techniques could result in dark spots on skin after treatment.
In all cases, treat your skin gently. Do not aggressively scrub skin and avoid exfoliation on abrasions or sunburns. Do note, exfoliating too frequently can leave anyone with irritated skin. Finally, remember to follow up with a moisturizer after exfoliation to preventing skin from drying out!
Exfoliate Without Fear
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it deserves proper care. As with other treatments for your body, proper care for your skin will restore it to its best condition and keep problems at bay. This not only includes exfoliation, but other easy methods and practices such as face massages to slim your face or combat wrinkles, options are aplenty! Time to get crackin’ and explore how to look and feel your best!