Exfoliation Do’s and Don’ts

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[infobox subtitle=”Exfoliation Tips and Techniques” bg=”green” color=”white” opacity=”on” space=”30″ link=”no link”]Lather, Rinse, (Don’t) Repeat[/infobox] Whoever said you can’t have too much of a good thing obviously has never over-exfoliated before. There’s no denying that sloughing off dead skin cells and promoting cell renewal is beneficial for healthy and smooth skin. While exfoliation is a good skin care ritual, overdoing it may lead to dry, irritated, and dehydrated skin that can ultimately do more harm than good.

Every month, the skin naturally sheds the top layer of cells that acts as a protective barrier against the sun and other environmental conditions. For those who don’t want to wait it out that long, exfoliators remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, unclog pores, and keep your skin clear and clean. Too much exfoliation can lead to redness, irritation, or increased susceptibility to sun damage. So how do you find the right balance? We’ve compiled a list of exfoliation dos and don’ts to prevent you from going overboard with the face scrub.

DO Exfoliate at night

Skin renews itself overnight so the perfect time to exfoliate is right before bed. Use a good sunscreen with high SPF during the day, especially if your skin has recently been exfoliated. While we all want smooth and clear skin, it’s we also want to protect against sun damage.

DO Choose a gentle exfoliator

When looking for a cleanser, opt for a scrub with rounded exfoliating beads that won’t lead to broken or irritated skin. Choose a exfoliator that will be gentle on sensitive skin and still unclog pores. We love Algenist’s Multi-Perfect Detoxifying Exfoliator or Origins’ Modern Friction Gentle Dermabrasion to smooth skin texture, lift dead skin cells, and fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

DO Use an exfoliant with lactic acid

With brightening and anti-aging properties, it’s no surprise that lactic acid is a popular ingredient in most exfoliating cleansers. Known for softening skin’s texture, lactic acid sweeps away dead cells without resulting in moisture loss. Try Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, made with jojoba, aloe vera, and lactic acid for healthy, radiant skin.

DON’T Exfoliate broken or irritated skin

Before you reach for the face scrub, pay attention to how your skin reacts to different exfoliators and if they seem to be doing more harm than good, lay off exfoliating for the week. Exfoliating may worsen existing blemishes for acne-prone skin or cause irritation for sensitive or dry skin.

DON’T Exfoliate more than twice a week

We’ve all been guilty of overusing our Clairsonic Mia from time to time, but try not to exfoliate more than twice a week. Overexfoliating can be harsh on sensitive or delicate skin types, stripping your face of essential moisture and its protection barrier against the sun.

Featured image: Getty Images // Text by: Summer Lin

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