Exfoliation is an important step in every girl’s basic skin routine. It’s essential for both face and body. Know what happens if you don’t exfoliate? Skin will look dull and dry, even splotchy in areas. It can cause breakouts, back and shoulder acne (oh no!), and irritation.
It doesn’t help that there are so many products to choose from. Body scrubs. Physical exfoliators. Chemical exfoliant products. Facial brushes and Konjac sponges.
Whatever you choose, there is a right way of doing it, and a wrong way. Right: your skin looks soft, smooth, and refreshed. Wrong: Red, irritated, maybe even wounded by over-scrubbing!
We want you to look and feel your best. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep you right on track to beautiful, glowing skin.
- Do start a gentle exfoliation routine for the body and “listen” to your skin. It’s totally okay to exfoliate for the body once or twice a week to test a new product – first, to see if there’s any irritation on the skin, and second, to see if your product is starting to work as promised. Apply and wash off according to instructions – and don’t overdo it.
- Do exfoliate in the evening. It’s your chance to remove accumulated dirt and toxins that are trapped on the surface of the skin. Do exfoliate as part of your evening pampering routine; it’ll also give your skin a chance to rest and recover.
- Do apply sunscreen after exfoliating the night before. Whether you’ve used a physical exfoliant product with clay, grains, or ground up nuts, or chemical exfoliant products with AHAs, BHAs, and other natural acids, protect your skin the next day with sunscreen.
- Don’t rub too hard. We mean it, especially if you know you’ve got sensitive skin and you’re using a highly granular product or physical exfoliant.
- Don’t use an exfoliant product after another skin treatment. This includes chemical peels, bleaching, laser treatments, and waxing. Waxing removes top layers of the skin, so it counts. Give your skin a rest for a day or two.
- Don’t exfoliate when your skin is red and irritated. Are you psoriasis or eczema prone or suffering from skin allergies? If the product triggers some kind of irritation – your skin looks angry and feels warm to the touch – maybe the product isn’t for you. If ever you notice any unusual irritation or sensitivity when using a product, stop and reassess.
The biggest “Do” is to look for body scrub products for dry skin that have superstar ingredients – and you won’t go wrong!
When it comes to chemical exfoliation that’s gentle on the skin, try Gluta-C Intense Whitening Body Scrub that has glutathione, Vitamin C, and papaya enzymes that dissolve dead cells and help skin renew itself gently and effectively. Go and give it a try!