You’ve seen and heard of the benefits of exfoliation for helping keep skin looking radiant and fresh, but did you know there’s a way to do it wrong? Find out all you need to know about body exfoliation and how to do it right for your unique skin type.
Why Exfoliate Your Skin?
The simple practicality behind exfoliation is that your skin constantly cycles through cells as older cells die off and are replaced by healthy ones. This means that, over time, dead skin cells build up on the surface of skin, which can lead to clogged pores no matter what your skin type.
Exfoliation aims at getting rid of those dead skin cells and other impurities that your normal daily cleansing and moisturizing routine can miss. This helps keep skin blemish-free while revealing healthy, radiant skin underneath.
When Exfoliation is Bad For Your Skin
The complication with exfoliation is that doing it every day can actually be bad for your skin. Exfoliation is tough on skin, as it aims to essentially remove the surface layer of skin cells. Doing this too often strips the body of its natural oil barrier, causing irritation or even inflammation. This, in turn, can cause quicker skin aging and interrupt the natural cycle of cell turnover.
Physical Exfoliation vs. Chemical Exfoliation
You may not have known there are multiple ways to exfoliate your skin: physically sloughing off skin cells with natural ingredients like salt, sugar, or polished walnut shell fragments, or chemically dissolving the upper layer(s) of skin. There are benefits and specific uses of each type, and variations within each type to customize your skincare routine to your unique skin type and concerns.
What is Physical Exfoliation?
Physical skin exfoliation uses small particles to scrub away dead skin and other debris. They can be irritating to the skin when used too aggressively, so make sure not to rub too hard when using physical exfoliants. Depending on your preference for scent and feel, Epicuren Discovery offers three great body scrubs for exfoliating your body: Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Polish, Mint Renewal White Sand Body Polish, and Papaya Pineapple Body Scrub for a tropical experience.
What is Chemical Exfoliation?
To exfoliate the skin chemically, you’ll can use either alpha or beta hydroxy acids or a blend of both. These are classes of molecules that are naturally derived and can sink deeper into the skin than other skincare products. Popular chemical exfoliants include glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid. Combining different acids leads to different results, and some are better for some skin types than others.
How Often to Exfoliate by Skin Type
As you probably know, different skin types require different skincare products and habits, which holds true when it comes to exfoliation as well.
Dry or Sensitive Skin
People with sensitive skin or overly dry skin should be cautious when exfoliating, as doing it too often or too harshly can irritate and harm skin rather than benefitting it. This means they should stick to exfoliating at most once per week with a gentle exfoliator, and sensitive skin types may need to stick with an enzyme treatment rather than exfoliation.
Oily or Acne-Prone Skin
If you’re prone to breakouts, you may benefit from exfoliating up to three times per week with your preferred exfoliant. Physical exfoliants are a no-fail solution to clearing out pores and getting rid of excess oil, and blemish-prone skin may also benefit from salicylic acid.
Those with combination skin have the most freedom when it comes to exfoliating, essentially, you can do whatever feels right for your skin, paying attention to its moisture level after using a particular method of exfoliation. Like oily skin, feel free to exfoliate two to three times per week.
Luxurious Exfoliants from Epicuren Discovery
Epicuren Discovery carries some of the highest-quality skincare products you can find without needing a prescription. Our line of professional-grade exfoliants can give you a spa-like experience without having to leave your home. Try our exfoliants and check out what other products match your unique skin type by taking our Skin Quiz today.