Did you know that dead skin cells can clog your skin pores and give your face a dull look? Though our skin sheds dead skin cells automatically and replaces them with new ones at regular intervals of about 30 days, as we grow older, this process slows down. Meaning, older skin cells stay around for a longer time, making your skin look dull and dry.
Skin Exfoliation is one of the best ways to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface to get a glowing and smooth look!
✔ Involves using a scrub to remove dead skin cells physically.
✔ Involves using a mild acid (AHA/BHA) to dissolve dead skin cells chemically.
Step 1: Depending on your skin sensitivity and skin needs, choose between a scrub or chemical exfoliator. When in doubt, it’s best to consult a Dermatologist. Apply the product gently using a small, circular, upward motion.
Step 2: Massage gently for about 15-30 seconds, and then rinse off gently with lukewarm — not hot — water. Pat your skin dry using a soft cotton cloth.
Note: Avoid exfoliating if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned or extra sensitive.
Step 3: Exfoliating can be drying to the skin. Follow-up always with a suitable moisturizer. Apply it immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Note: Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this could lead to skin that is red or irritated.
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It depends on your skin type and exfoliation method. In general, it is safe to exfoliate once a week and then build up to two to three times a week.
✔ Start slow with gentle products to see how your skin reacts (if you have normal skin).
✔ Oily skin can handle a bit more exfoliation, so anyone with oily and acne-prone skin should try a product with a combination of glycolic and salicylic acid products.
✔ Combination skin is trickier, and the best way to tackle it is to buy specific products for different skin areas.
✔ Do not self-medicate if you have sensitive skin.
No matter what type of skin you have, when it comes to exfoliation less is often more. Consult a dermatologist before trying any of such exfoliating products to remove dead skin.
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