Exfoliation: Could You Actually Be Aging Your Skin?
When we think of exfoliation, we probably think that it’s a good thing we’re doing for our skin. After all, exfoliation has been viewed as an important part of our beauty routine because it can rejuvenate dull, tired skin, unclog pores, and soften fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to those benefits, did you realize the act of exfoliating may actually be aging your skin? Yes, you heard that right. The same routine that can help temporarily can also do some serious damage.
Signs You May be Over-Exfoliating
- Excessive dryness or dry patches
- Flaking skin
- Uncomfortable, persistent stinging
- Burning sensation
If you experience any of these symptoms, switch up how you are exfoliating. You may need to decrease the frequency in which you are exfoliating and/or change the type/strength of exfoliation.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
- Over-exfoliating skin of color can result in hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration
- Be gentle with the face, neck, and chest as these areas need softer exfoliation
- When using a dry brush, washcloth, sponge, loofah, or exfoliating brushes, do not combine them with grainy scrubs or other exfoliants
- When using a product with exfoliating particles, be sure to gently massage in circular motions, do not scrub
- The act of exfoliating thins the skin barrier so be sure to moisturize afterwards and use sunscreen
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