[caption id="attachment_3088" align="aligncenter" width="500"] How often should I exfoliate?
You skin care routine should involve exfoliating but how often should it be done ? Can it be bad for the skin if you do it too much ? A few people have asked us about exfoliating the skin and this seems to be the major concern. So we thought we'd cover it.
Benefits of Exfoliation
Exfoliating is the process of removing surface level, old or dead skin cells. This can be done “mechanically” by rubbing a mildly abrasive substance on the skin or it can be done “chemically” by applying an acidic substance like Glycolic acid or Salicylic acid.
- The removal of old or dead skin cells allows younger skin cells to rise to the surface.
- This makes you look younger.
- Younger skin has a natural glow, looks softer and has a more even tone.
- Skin pores are less clogged, allowing the body's sebum oil to act as a moisturizer.
- Removing the old cells also helps to speed up the body's natural process of skin cell recycling and rejuvenation, including collagen production.
- Regular exfoliation can help to keep the signs of aging (fine lines and wrinkles) in check.
So, How Often ?
If you are using a mildly abrasive exfoliating scrub, then once a day is fine. Even mildly acidic chemical exfoliants are fine to use once a day if practical.
Stronger, chemical exfoliants, like a facial peel shouldn't be done once a day. These products are usually stronger and may even cause mild irritation or inflammation to the skin. Once every few months is better with these kinds of products.
What About Areas Where The Skin Is Thin ?
The skin around the eye area is thinner than other parts of the face, so you may want to go easier on this skin. However, the exfoliating shouldn't harm the skin. If done properly, as explained above, it will benefit the skin. The same applies for the thin skin in the neck area.
Get Into The Routine
So you should exfoliate your skin once a day. Then apply a moisturizer which will protect the younger cells from sun damage and other environmental factors. Get into this habit or routine in your early to mid 20's and you will have healthier and more youthful skin as you age.