Skin Exfoliation: All You Need to Know About Exfoliators
No matter what type of exfoliator you are using and how costly or high-end it is, you are likely to harm your skin if you are using one which is not according to your skin-type!
What is an Exfoliator?
Exfoliation includes the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s peripheral surface. It is associated with the procedure of all facials, amid microdermabrasion or synthetic peels.
Why is it important to use skin care products with an exfoliant?:
- It fades pigmentation and blemishes by removing the outermost layer of dead cells on the skin which make your skin look damaged and dull.
- It boosts hydration because of the strong connection that exfoliation and hydration have. Exfoliate instead of loading up on moisturizers because it’s more beneficial and not harmful, unlike the latter.
- Dead skin cells accumulate at a faster rate as we age. This leads to wrinkled becoming more prominent and the skin looks tired. An exfoliator will remove dead skin cells and bring back the glow.
Types of Exfoliators
Based on the types of skin, professional dermatologists suggest different types of exfoliator that should be considered.
You should go for a physical exfoliator if you have dry skin. Such exfoliators include scrubs and/or cleansing devices that help remove your dead skin cells. It is recommended you choose light granules such as jojoba beads or fine grains to avoid hurting your skin.
People with dry skin should go for exfoliators that not only remove dead and weary skin but also keep the skin hydrated. If you have dry skin, go for products with fine granules and chemical exfoliators like papaya in lotion or buttery texture which have either coconut or contain moisturizing oils. Coconut and papaya are a tested exfoliant and moisturizer.
Combination Skin (Normal-Dry)
If you have a combination of normal-dry skin, you’re the luckiest when it comes to skin exfoliators. You have the options and can use an exfoliator of your choice. Such skin is less sensitive and thus less likely to be irritated with the use of any type of exfoliator but it is recommended you bump up the exfoliation strength by using it every day or even twice a day.
Combination Skin (Normal-Oily)
If you have normal to oily skin, stick to using a physical exfoliator or try using a chemical exfoliator. Use a cleanser with alpha hydroxyl acid which will delicately slough the skin and prevent pores from clogging up with dead skin cells or oil.
Acne cuts/lesions are sore and so if you have acne-prone skin, you need to care extra to minimize irritation. You should avoid physical exfoliators with harsh grains or elements including salt and sugar. For breakouts, use chemical exfoliators to fight oil and deep acne. Products with AHA and BHA acids like white willow bark will be the most favorable.
Your skin gets sensitive and dry as you age and so should be exfoliated with a physical exfoliator with super-fine particles such as a micro-dermabrasion scrub. This will increase cell renewal and allow active ingredients to break through the skin.
Sensitive skins should be kept from chemical exfoliators and most physical exfoliators too. Light powders such as oatmeal, rice or goats milk are the safest option here. If your skin is highly sensitive, avoid exfoliation completely.
Find out what exfoliator is best according to the type of your skin? Try today and feel the difference yourself. As an extra tip, there are tons of masks you can use for all skin types. I like applying a mask one to two times and week-it makes a huge difference.