If you’re serious about getting great looking skin, then exfoliation is a must. Exfoliation uses gentle abrasion to instantly revitalize and brighten your complexion by sloughing off dead skin and revealing the newer skin underneath. Because exfoliating can be a rather rigorous process, it’s important to use an exfoliant that’s been designed for your skin type. You don’t want your skin to become inflamed or dried out from a process that’s supposed to help you put your best face forward, so read on.
Read on to find out that best exfoliators for your skin type.
BUT first! Here’s a little Exfoliation 101.
1) Exfoliate in the PM. Your skin will more readily absorb your intense night treatments post-exfoliation, so save the peel, scrub or brushing until before bed.
- Hydrate after exfoliation. Exfoliation, while effective of removing dead skin, can also remove your skin’s moisture. Replenish your stores with a quality moisturiser after exfoliation.
- Rest up. If you get a little overzealous with your exfoliation, allow your skin to rest for a week. Wash, tone and moisturize, but no exfoliating.
Now, onto the best types of exfoliators for your particular type of skin.
Normal skin simply means that your skin isn’t particularly oily, particularly dry, or particularly prone to acne. This rather innocuous skin type means you can use a scrub or a exfoliator with an enzyme base. Look for scrubs with beads that are naturally occuring, like jojoba beads. Plastic microbeads are bad for the environment and harsh on your skin.
If you have oily skin, your impulse might be to exfoliate often. This, in fact, is the opposite of what you should do. Over-exfoliating will cause your skin to dry out and then amp up its oil production. Your best bet is a scrub that contains charcoal. The scrub will remove impurities that can become trapped in oily skin and the charcoal will soak up excess oil.
You already know that you should follow up your scrub with a solid moisturiser, but when you have dry skin, this pro tip bears repeating. You really want to make sure you’re not turning your face into a certifiable Sahara. Your best exfoliator will be a DIY option: use about 1/2 a teaspoon of coconut oil on a washcloth. Wet your skin. The work in the coconut oil with your clean fingers before rubbing it gently all over your face with your wash cloth. If your skin is super dry, only exfoliate every couple of weeks. In the meantime, just cleanse, tone and moisturise.
If you have oily skin on your forehead, nose and chin and then dry skin on your cheeks, you have combination skin. Deal with your skin duality by using a gentle scrub or peel with fruit enzymes. These natural enzymes are powerful enough to promote cell turnover, but not so aggressive that they’ll dry out the parts of you visage that are already dry.
Just because you have sensitive skin doesn’t mean you have to shy away from exfoliating. As with dry skin, you should simply use a more homemade approach. Coconut oil and a washcloth works, as does just the wash cloth if even coconut oil irritates your skin. You can also use an exfoliating brush instead of a washcloth for a deep, ticklish clean.