Proper Exfoliation Practices

Proper Exfoliation Practices

Exfoliating the face and body helps get rid of dead skin cells which can dull your appearance. By practicing a regular exfoliation routine, you will allow moisturizers and makeup to soak into the skin more efficiently for a smoother, even application. Here are several proper exfoliation practices for the best skin ever!

3 Tips for Exfoliating the Skin

1. Always Wear Sunscreen

Protection from the sun and harmful UV rays are especially important, even in winter months and on cloudy days. UV rays speed up the aging process by damaging collagen fibers of the skin. It’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for everyday use on any exposed skin. This includes your ears, forearms, and, of course, your face. You should use a broad spectrum SPF 50 or higher when you’re at the beach or outside on a sunny day, and avoid all tanning beds. In addition to sunburn, UVA rays and UVB rays will cause long-term skin damage like wrinkles and aging, and both play a role in skin cancer.

2. Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated helps keep skin supple, and it also helps keep your skin clear from acne. Water helps aid with constipation which leads to gut inflammation, which is a leading factor of skin inflammation. It’s important to drink at least 64 oz of water per day which will help your body stay hydrated and keep your gut and skin happy.

3. Exfoliate Regularly

By exfoliating regularly, you save your skin from being covered in dead skin cells. If you don’t do this, not only will your skin look dull, but you’ll also appear older. To keep your skin looking healthy and fresh, simply follow these proper exfoliating practices:

• Skin repairs itself at night as you sleep, so it’s best to exfoliate in the morning. This is why it’s important to scrub away dead skin cells, leaving a radiant, fresh appearance.

• Don’t over-do it! Over exfoliation can tear your skin, depending on the product that you use. Opt for a non-abrasive scrub, using it only once or twice a week by rubbing the product in a circular motion for 30 seconds and then rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Those who have oily skin, acne-prone skin, or large pores, can try a microdermabrasion system which helps support cell regeneration.

• Using natural or organic products for the exfoliation of your face will gently cleanse your pores and skin. You can even do this at home by mixing a pinch of brown sugar with coconut oil (a natural antibiotic) to form an easy DIY mask that is safe enough to use several times per week.